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Jim was a true gift from God who was taken from us much too soon. His wife, Joanna, and his three young children, Annie, James and Olivia, adored him. The highlight of their day was when he walked in the door after work. And it was no wonder they all looked forward to his arrival-Jim was completely devoted to his family. He loved to play ball with the children or read stories to them. When Joanna had a hard day, Jim was always there too-to help with the housework, to bathe the children, to cook, or to just be a listening ear.
Jim had tremendous energy. He couldn’t wait for his children to be old enough to play sports. He wanted to be a coach for all three of them. Jim would get so excited when one of his children hit a ball or kicked a goal, even if he had to fall out of the way for the goal to go in. His enthusiasm was infectious-he would have made a great coach.
Jim only saw the good in people. You could see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice when you spoke to him. This is why so many people loved him so much. When his memorial took place at his church, more than 1,500 people were there for him and his family. They came from all over the country.
Joanna has received so many letters from people whose lives Jim has touched. She had never heard of some of them and yet they felt compelled to write to her and tell her how much he meant to them.
Jim was an extraordinary, kind and loving man-we will never forget him and will always miss him.
I thought of Jim today during that terrible roll call of the dead.
Jim personified the good so well hidden by “the street”. When he started with us at Meridian American so, so many years ago he was too damned good for us all. So friendly honest and open we felt he could not possibly succeed. Yet he did! His honesty, integrity and amity overwhelmed all.
We miss you.
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