I was very saddened to hear about Jim's passing in a Facebook message from Ashley. I knew Jim from when I first went to Japan in 1986 when he was the foreign staff coordinator for ComputerLand Japan. Several years later I was working as a contractor at Morgan Stanley and they asked me if I knew anyone who could be an IT Manager. A few days later I ran into Jim and Tomoko at Hibiya station and suggested he contact Morgan Stanley. The rest, as they say, is history. I cannot add any more to the praise for Jim's wonderful friendship that others have written here. our best wishes are with you Tomoko and Ashley.
To Jim and his family,
Every time I had the opportunity to work with Jim, I knew the experience would not only be wonderful fun because of Jim, but that the folks would get significant value from the program. The Court will miss Jim, his good work, and his infectious happiness. Thanks
Dear Jim, we will always remember you. Your smiles and friendship filled our tennis outings. You inspired us in the game of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Dear Adams family,
The last memory I have of Mr. Adams was seeing him happily playing super mario bros on wii at your house, and thinking what a cool dad he was. I will joyfully remember him as such. He lives on in our hearts and minds, as well as in all the crafty things he made that are sitting around all over your house.
He was an inspiration to all of our girls with his presence. And I remember his involvement with the program to teach them to drive safely. He lives in all of them and us with his dedicated and loving spirit. Love to you, Ashley, and your beautiful mother...
Our Court will never be the same without Jim. In him, we lost more than a co-worker, he was a friend who set a high bar in terms of experience, knowledge, productivity, service to others and most of all compassion and collegiality.
To the Adams family,
It was such an honor to know and work with Jim. He had such a compassion for everything he touched. He was an inspiration and will be truly missed. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim was a great and honorable man who will be deeply missed. Words cannot express my gratitude for having known him as a colleague and a friend. Tomoko and Ashley, please accept my most sincere condolences for your unspeakable loss.
Dear Adams Family,
I am shocked and saddened to learn of Jim's sudden passing. As with several others who've written to you, I met Jim through ASTD Orange County several years ago and will always remember his gentle and unassuming yet helpful manner along with his passion for people and their potential. May you find tremendous comfort in all the memories the two of you have of him!
Dear Tomoko and Ashley,
We grieve with you for the irreplaceable loss of your dear Jim. We will always remember his kind generosity, sparkling wit and intelligence, and most of all his ready smile that lighted up the day for all who knew him. You are both in our thoughts as you deal with this great sadness.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Paolo and Sylvia Dimiziani (Laguna Woods, CA)
Dear Tokomo and Ashley, We are so sorry to hear of Jim's sudden passing. He was always so kind to everyone at the Sage Hills tennis matches and we will always remember the delicious food he served at the Multicultural Fair. Our thoughts are with you- Else-Maj, Juhani and Isa-Maria Taskinen
Dear Tomoko-san and Ashley,
I knew Jim from around 1992 from my days at Nihon Libertec, where we set-up networks for Morgan Stanley Japan. Jim was a sincere and genuine gentleman. I am very sorry for your loss.
Tomoko and Ashley,
I was so saddened to hear about Jim's sudden passing. He (and both of you!) played tennis with a group of us in Seijo, and he was always a very supportive, as well as competitive, player! I know you were the lights of his life. May you find peace in your wonderful memories of your husband and father.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Tomoko and Ashley. May memories of Jim live on and continue to provide inspiration.
My deepest sympathy to Jim's family and friends. I was fortunate to have had Jim as my work coach. His excitement for his work was contagious and his affection for his family was obvious. Although I will miss him, I will remember him with a smile as he would have wanted.
Dear Tomoko and Ashley:
Ginger, Allison, Amanda and Arthur remember the great fun we had fishing noodles out of the home-made bamboo "stream" Jim made with both of you for, if I remember correctly, a Japanese celebration of spring. How creative and how delicious that was! We are so sorry that Jim had to leave this world much too early, both for us and for everyone else who enjoyed and appreciated his warmth and kind spirit. It is hard to believe that he is gone. We will miss him and will think about him often. Jim continues to live on in the hearts and minds of both of you and the many who knew and loved him. Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved husband and father.
Jim was always a teacher, whether it be skiing, tennis, sailing or life. He contributed to my life throughout the 35 years of friendship.
Patty and I enjoyed the time we spent in Japan with you, Tomoko and, of course, Ashly. You always took care of everyone around you.
Thank you for sharing yourself so generously. You will always be in our thoughts.
Dear Tomoko and Ashley, We were so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was such a wonderful presence at all of the Sage Hill tennis matches- kind, caring and supportive of everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you- Lisa, David and Salen Andrews
I worked with Jim at the Court and it's hard for me to think of Jim without seeing his smile. His kindness and warm personality made a lasting impression on those of us who were fortunate enough to work with him. Jim's face lit up with joy and pride when speaking of Tomoko and Ashley; his love for them was ever-apparent and lives on. My prayers are with the Adams family.
I first had the opportunity to work with Jim in 2009 as part of the team for the Supervisory Development Institute. As Chapman alumni in the OL program we had an instant connection. It was always such a pleasure to speak with him and be around him. He was truly committed to his calling of helping others learn and achieve their potential. He left an lasting imprint on everyone he met, I am blessed to have known him and will miss him. My deepest condolences to his wife and daughter of whom he always spoke of lovingly.
Jim was always a courteous and friendly person as well as being a good tennis player. I enjoyed playing tennis with him and just knowing him for a short time.
Jim, you made an important contribution to something I was involved in many years ago and I am forever grateful. We lost touch over the years, but your integrity and positive spirit continue to be an inspiring recollection.
A 'good friend' has departed, but his memory lives on. Thank You, Jim!
Tomoko and Ashley: my thoughts and prayers are with you.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Jim, but heard many good things. The photographs in this guest book tell the story of a happy, fun loving man.
Rest in peace Jim. Thoughts are with Jim's family and friends.
Dear Tomoko and Ashley: Please accept our condolences on the loss of your husband and father. He now gets to play on the great tennis courts in heaven. God bless all of you.
He will always be remembered. He is not gone his just ahead of us. Jimmy Miranda
Tomoko and Ashley we are so saddened to hear about the loss of your loving father and husband. Jim always put his family first and felt such pride watching his daughter grow into a mature and compassionate young woman. Whether he was watching a Sage tennis match or discussing Ashley's first driving lessons, Jim was animated by his love and commitment to his family. He will be deeply missed.
With our sympathy love, Jennifer, Stephanie and Robert Langer
Dear Tomoko & Ashley, I learned of Jim's passing this evening and it brought back memories of my own life in Tokyo. I knew Jim from his time with Morgan Stanley and all I can say is that he was a consummate gentleman, someone who always played fair in everything that he did. I know you and many others will miss him deeply. My sincerest sympathies to you both and to the rest of the family.
I did not know Jim, but can see that he is remembered for what is most important - his kind spirit. I hope that helps bring comfort to Tomoko and Ashley in their time of loss....John Prickitt, Laguna Woods
One of my fondest memories of you goes back to our celebration of Thanksgiving with you at our home in Palos Verdes about 1980 or 81. We found out that the gorgeous standing rib roast that your cousin Dorothy (my wife) bought for the celebration was spoiled and not edible. Problem was we didn't find that out until about noon on T'day. All the stores and restaurants were closed for the holiday except for the local 7/11. So the best main course we could muster for the holiday dinner was several cans of spam to go with all of the other fancier dishes that were a part of the meal.
I remember you telling me afterward that the event was a triumph and an unqualified success because "in life, if you fall down ten times, then you just have to pick yourself up eleven."
That is how I will always remember you best Jim. As the guy who made the best of every situation, had a great time doing it, and unfailingly did it with a contagious "ear-to-ear Jim Adams smile."
God bless and God speed.
I only knew Jim briefly through ITA but enjoyed a few sets of tennis with him. He was a gentlemen and seemed like a very nice soul. Will miss him at ITA.
Jim was a pleasant, professional, thoughtful, and overall great person to be around. It was an honor to know him. He will be missed by his court family.
I had the great pleasure of playing tennis with Jim at our last ITA event on Sept. 19th. He was so much fun and we had a really good time together.
I know how much he loved Tomoko and Ashley because whenever they showed up to watch him, wow, what a bright, incredibly happy smile graced his face.
Jim will be missed so much by all of us at ITA. My prayers go out to his family at this sad time.
I just can't believe Jim is no longer with us. He was very family oriented and an all around great guy. My condolences to Tomoko and Ashley. God help his tennis opponents in Heaven. His serve was really "on".
Dear Tomoko and Ashley,
I'm so sorry for your sudden loss. I knew Jim through ASTD. What a gentle soul! - always friendly and smiling. He generously and brilliantly helped me with a training project. When he spoke of you, his eyes lit up and it was obvious he loved you both dearly.
Take good care, Sheri Long
To the Adams Family (that made me smile...):
I was shocked and so saddened to hear that Jim had died...he was such a vibrant, loving man. I knew him professionally through the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and through doing some work with his group at the Courts. He was beloved...I don't think I ever heard him say a bad word about anyone (and it cannot be becasue he did not have people to say something bad about--he was just above that). I will miss him and his big, ole smile! Hugs and prayers, Geri Lopker
I had the fun privilege of working with Jim at Superior Court. He won me over on his first day at our HR staff meeting. Denise Leat (our HR Director) introduced him and while mentioning his background the topic of Japan came up (his life there, his wife and daughter). I immediately wanted to practice my 3-word knowledge of Japanese and (pretended) to say "ohio gozaymashta", to which Jim responded eloquently. I, of course, had no idea what he was saying, so I looked over to Denise and said something about "he's flirting with me". Jim laughed and his smile was one from ear to ear; and truly there was a twinkle in his eyes. I came to know this laughter and sense of humor as we continued working together. His jovial and hard-working self; love of his family (which he frequently mentioned) made working at the Court fun even while working very hard. I must say these were the best workdays thus far, and Jim was certainly one of the reasons. My prayers and thoughts are with you,
Jim was a wonderful kind person, He will be greatly missed on our WTT tennis team. All the best for the future.
To the Adams Family thank you for sharing Jim with us. He will truly be missed by his court family. May the fond memories of the life he shared surround us forever.
With deepest Sympathy,
Sheela Jackson ( Courtroom Operations HJC)
Jim was a wonderful man, friend and co-worker of mine. It was always a joy to be around him and I will remember him as one of the best examples of how kind and gentle man can be. My deepest sympathy to his wife and daughter.
I just met Jim once on my WTT team 3 weeks ago and instantly I was impressed with his skill and charm. My heart and prayers are with your family.
One day, 15 years ago, you helped me at a critical time by showing me the power of friendship and of email. Now, it's time for me to repay that favor by sending a tribute about you to 9,000 of your's and my friends here in Tokyo. You will be sorely missed on this side of the Pacific but your deeds and actions will live on in our memories and continue to inspire us. Most of us won't be able to attend your service, but you, Tomoko, and Ashley will be in our hearts and our thoughts.
Rest in peace, Jim -- your's was a life very well spent.
Your loving friend,
For the short time I knew Jim, he was a genuinely nice person and a great team captain for the WTT. On behalf of the City of Irvine Tennis Program, I want to send my deepest condolences to his family.
Tomoko and Ashley, my deepest condolences to you. Jim was a very positive person and one who was always a pleasure to be around. His love for his family, as well as the pride he took in all of Ashley's accomplishments, were always abundantly clear. I will truly miss him.
One more thought ... Jim mentioned his family often on the courts. My wife and I played against Tomoko and Jim a few months ago, and we were impressed how protective and supportive Jim was toward Tomoko. And Jim could never stop talking about Ashley - and not just her amazing tennis. He was so proud of her.
One Tuesday night (men's doubles) I was playing with Jim on court #2. On the other side was Sam, subbing for Trung (her husband). I suggested to Jim that we pick on Sam, and proceeded to hit every ball to her. Jim hit evenly to both opposing players. He didn't say anything about this until the set was over, but then I saw the only flash of anger from him ever. He said to me. "That's not the way I play the game."
Jim was a gentleman, a really good guy.
He also recommended my physical therapist to me, a man has helped me a lot with my wrist problems. I never got around to thanking him for that.
Thanks, Jim. You will be remembered. And greatly missed.
Tomoko and Ashley, I'm so sorry. That first photo, in your gallery, immediately brought tears to my eyes. I'll miss that quick smile. Everyone he met at the Laguna Woods Tennis Courts liked Jim instantly, those of us who got to know him better, truly loved him. He'll be missed by all of us.
Dave Frisone (Laguna Woods Village)
Thanks for all the smiles and tennis we have shared this past year.....our WTT Topspin Tennis teams will miss your charming personality, love of the game and great disposition on and off the court... Great memories my dear tennis friend....we love and miss you...
Tomoko and Ashley, my deepest heart felt sympathy to you on the loss of your very kind and loving husband and father. We all miss him very much.
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.