Jim was a very special man. As a former associate of Jim's I have only very warm memories of Jim. My favorite Jim story from work involves Jim inspecting a maching shop in Chicago. He walked into a room and a German Shepard leapt at Jim but the dog was fortunately restrained by a log chain afixed to a support beam. The dog repeatedly tried to attack Jim but each time fell back due to the log chain. Most would have left at that point but Jim noticed what appread to be a faulty sprinkler head within the radius of the dog's chain. Undaunted, Jim asked the owner to restrain the dog while Jim took a step ladder to inspect the sprinkler head in question. The owner did, inlcuding covering the dogs eyes as Jim completed his anlaysis. Once safely out of the dog's reach, Jim continued on with his inspection. There are dedicated, "company men" and then there is Jim. He was a quality guy through and through and was an extraordinary insurance man to boot.
We were neighbors of Jim and Rosemary, and they were the best. Many's the card game we enjoyed. Our sympathies are with their children and grandchildren.
Peter and Laurie Fahrendorf West Bend
On behalf of everyone here at the Alzheimer's Association - thank you so much for thinking of us at this time of loss to your family. Memorial donations made in James' name will be put to immediate use serving families and supporting research. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tom Hlavacek, Executive Director
I worked in the insurance field and knew Jim quiite well. A very nice guy and good competitor. I was the VP Marketing for Badger State Mutual of Waukesha.
I celebrate the life of James and send my condolences to his family. I only knew James by way of his son, Jim. By this measure, I see that he was a man of integrity that treasured his family and successfully passed on the best qualities of humankind to another generation. May he rest from his labors in peace.