I worked with Jim at GD and have so many fond memories. He was a very kind and gentle man with willingness to share knowledge and help a young engineer with his career. I would like to share two short stories about Jim while we were on TDY in CA. My wife and 6 month old son were sent to CA for 11 months. Jim offered to watch our son so my wife and I could go out on a date. When we came home Steven and Jim where sitting on the couch and when I ask Jim if he had any problems he said he could not figure out how to put on the diaper. Upon closer inspection, instead of using the tape on the diaper, Jim used about 3 yards of masking tape around my son's waste to attach the diaper. I guess Jim never used disposable diapers. The other story had to deal with Jim's baking skills. I came home from work and Jim was at the apartment with my wife. He stopped by to bring us some cookies that he had baked. He asked me to try one which I did and it was the most awful cookie I had ever eaten. He asked me what I thought and being an honest person I told him they were horrible. Jim was mortified since my wife told him moments earlier that they were very good - "she lied because she did not want to hurt his feelings" We asked for his recipe to figure out what went wrong since it is hard to mess up an Oatmeal Cookie to find out that he used Baking Soda instead of Baking Power.
Jim will always be fondly remembered.
I am so very sorry for your loss. I know your memories will help you through this difficult time. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.