Jaman (Jim) Vithalani

September 10, 1932 - May 17, 2022
Jaman (Jim) Vithalani

Jaman (Jim) Vithalani 89, of Wilmington, died Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at his home.

Jim was born in India on September 10, 1932, to the late Madhavji Devram Vithalani and Kasturba Madhavji Vithalani.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years Edith Wiggert Vithalani; sons Kirti Vithalani and wife Theresa; Roger Vithalani and wife Ginger; Stephan Vithalani and wife Stephani and Eric Vithalani; six grandchildren Travis and wife Madison; Kira and husband Nic; Drew; Caroline; Teagan and Ryland; five great-grandchildren Kai; Jackson; Blakely; Davis and Brewer; large, loving Indian family.

After graduating from NDH High School in Dwarka, India, Jim went on to study engineering at the University of Michigan graduating with a Master of Science of Civil Engineering. He spent 32 years with the Corps of Engineers retiring in 1989 as Chief of Engineering. In 1991, Jim founded Right Angle Engineering in downtown Wilmington, NC where he spent his breaks sweeping the sidewalk and smoking his pipe until his second retirement in 2019. In addition to his full-time work as an engineer, Jim enjoyed his unpaid-part-time-coffee-making job at Wrightsville Beach’s Causeway Cafe. He never knew a stranger.

The family will see friends on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM.

The family suggest memorials be directed to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice 1406 Physician Drive Wilmington, NC 28401 in memory of Jaman.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099.


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  • June 24, 2022
    Nicole Baker says:
    I’m so sorry for the family’s loss. I worked at a bank downtown and had talked to him a few times in the parking deck while he smoked his pipe. Such a nice man.

  • May 18, 2022
    Robert Waring says:
    I am very sorry to have heard of Jim's passing. He was always a pleasure to work with. Sincerest condolences, Robert

  • May 18, 2022
    Bradley Bruestle says:
    I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was such a great man who loved his craft but more so, his family and friends. Sending my warmest blessings and prayers to the Vithalani family.

  • May 18, 2022
    Anil & Gita Shah says:
    Very sorry to hear about Jim. Our sincere condolences. He was a best friend, a great adviser and a good businessman. We will miss his welcoming smile and always ready to greet with open hands. May God give peace to his departed soul and courage to his family members.

  • May 19, 2022
    Eileen Prado says:
    Kirti, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved father. May he rest in peace.