Dear Walkinshaw Family:
I had the honor of working with Jim to preserve the Leavenworth Photographic Collection. Jim honored Helen's trust by single-handedly securing and thus saving the most complete photographic record of the Oldsmobile Motor Company. Plus, Jim was one of the nicest people I've ever met. My oldest daughter and I had the privilege of riding with Jim on the Curved Dash. It's forever cemented in both of our memories.
Mark E. Harvey
Archivist of Michigan
Archives of Michigan
Whatever measure you choose, Jim Walkinshaw was a great man. Worker, historian, mechanic, writer, businessman, hobbyist, scout, philanthropist, and friend - Jim filled all these roles with excellence. He will be missed; he can never be replaced.
Bill Sandy, Westtown, NY
God speed and God bless you Jim W.
Your deeds will never be forgotten.
Walkinshaw family, I am proud to call Jim my friend. We often worked hand in hand with Helen Early at the R.E. Oldsmobile museum and other Oldsmobile events. He was also a fun guy to know and work with
Jim has been a good friend and mentor, always so generous with his time and knowledge. What fun times we had working on and driving our Curved Dashes, creating many great memories. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. - Mike and Sue Walters
Dear Janet - We were stunned to learn that Jim had passed away. We admired his knowledge, friendly smile, cheerful attitude and hard work and knew he was a real treasure to all of the REOTM volunteers. We felt privileged to know him and especially enjoyed traveling with you and Jim on the museum's London to Brighton Curved Dash Tour last year. Jim will be deeply missed and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family - Ted and Jacquie
Walkinshaw Family, My sincerest sympathy on your loss. Jim was knowledgeable and an interesting individual to work with while he was at Oldsmobile. After his retirement, his true passion for the History of Oldsmobile emanated from himself and his co-history partner Helen. We will miss seeing him at the annual Oldsmobile gathering tooling around in his Curve Dash. Laura Pratt
Dear Walkinshaw Farmily:
I have known Jim for many years, although not close. He has been a valuable member of our CDO Club helping with information and drawings to help others restore their cars. We share the same birth date, April 1 although he was 3 years older. We both are amature radio operators, have a passion for early Oldsmobiles and have been married for over 50 years. Although I have not been active in the Boy Scouts, my son Mark was a divisional leader for a couple of years in the St. Paul group.
Jim is my last contact with an Oldsmobile connection. Helen Earley was my first and both have contributed much to the hobby.
I hope Jim's personal collection of Oldsmobile material will be passed on to an interested member of the family or to the REO museum so it can be shared with others.
3455 Florida Ave No.
Minneapolis MN 55427
Janet, we send our sympathy for Jim's passing. We came to know you through Scouts as our son Daniel spent good years in Jims troop. Jim was a fun and helpful guy, and we all liked and appreciated him. He gave much of himself for Daniel and all the other scouts over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bob and Marilyn Irvine
DEAR JANET AND FAMILY-JIM WILL TRULY BE MISSED BY ALL OF US-WE HAVE A LOT OF GREAT MEMORIES WITH THE BOTH OF YOU,FROM THE BROOKS AND DEMOREST FAMILIES.
Although I never MET Jim, I feel I knew him from reading his books. His loss will be felt by the Oldsmobile Community. Rest in Peace and sincerest condolences to his Family.
Dear Wakinshaw Family
We are devestated to hear of the passing of "Dad" Walkinshaw truly a gentle and kind man who's words of wisdom and knowledge will be dearly missed are hearts go out to you .You are in our thoughts and prayers Love you all very much .
Memories of my departed brother-in-law span some 54-years. He and his extended family have shared many inspiring life experiences together with my family. Perhaps it was this July 31, 2007 picture that says it all. Jim driving his sister Wendy Walkinshaw Schake in 'his' Curved Dash Olds - all smiles - in front of the Walkinshaw home he built for his family.
Lowell M. Schake
Port Aransas Texas
Jim is one of those folks who will give you the shirt off his back, involved with both Jim and Janet via the Boy Scouts they both taught my son and I the value of nature and sometimes to just slow down and enjoy what you see.
My family and I give our heart felt condolences to the Walkenshaw family
My sincere condolences to the entire Walkinshaw family. While only meeting him once at a nephew's wedding, I felt I knew him well. He was my 'great' sister-in-law's brother....so I knew he was a good man.
Strength messages to All.
1119 Ridgecrest Circle
Denton, TX 76205
Janet and family,
Our hearts go out to all of you. Jim was such a wonderful friend to have for so many years. We will always remember the wonderful fishing weekends up north, the annual amateur radio field day exercise at the farm and the many New Year's Eve card games. Please accept our deepest sympathies
Bob and Shirley
I first met Jim at an Oldsmobile Homecoming event in 2001. He enjoyed giving strangers rides in his Curved Dash and no one ever left him a stranger. He was a kind man, full of great pride in the work he did over a long career and was well loved by so many. He will be missed.
The only word that fits Jim is wonderful. It was great to be associated with such a kind, generous, friendly, brilliant man. He accomplished so much. He truly will be missed by friends around the globe.
The world lost an amazing man. So many fond memories. You will be missed, Uncle Jim.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Walkinshaw family. I worked for Jim for a few years in the late 60s and early 70s in the Engineering Dept. in Bldg. 42 and he was a joy to work for. We also enjoyed seeing him at all the Oldsmobile functions during the years. He was proud of his family and also his Oldsmobile family. God bless you.
So sorry for your loss. So many memories over the last 40 years. All of the Olds family will miss our friend, co-worker, and world class historian.
Ron, Janet, Alan and family,
Our deepest sympathy to you all . We share in your sorrow and hope that knowing friends care and share in your sorrow will sustain you at this saddest time.
Love, Beth and Jack
Janet and family, Maxine and I wish to express our deepest sympathy. Jim was our friend and we truly enjoyed his company. He will always be in our thoughts -- not only the "curved dash" but I remember a trip to UP to buy Tax Land and so many other wonderful times --- Rog and Maxine