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George James "Jim" Oliver 1958 - 2017

George James "Jim" Oliver

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December 27, 2017
Man where to begin? I met Jim when I was still going to Bartlett and I think he had just graduated. For a good year, until I moved to Arizona to go to college we did almost everything together. We were both into CB radio back then and we logged many miles in his 69 Chevelle. When I left we didn't write or stay in touch too much. I did go to a big family in Spokane in 78 or maybe it was 79 and that was a blast. In the mid 80's I went to Anchorage for a visit and walked into Pay N Save and he just looked up and it was like we had seen each other yesterday. He asked how long I was there for and I asked when he got off work. He said it would be about 4 hours and just tossed me the keys to the Chevelle and said be back then. That was kinda what I figured would happen again some day I'd just walk in and we would pick right back up where we left off.

On his 50th birthday I called his parents to get his phone number. Caught him at La Mex and had a quick conversation. Since then I'd emailed a few times and we texted a bit. I last had texted with him in August when a friend of mine had seen a 69 Chevelle in the same color as Jim's old one. I sent that picture on to Jim who sent me back a great one of him laying on the hood of the car.

I had texted a Happy Thanksgiving message to Jim and of course got no reply. But didn't think much about that. So for Christmas I had sent another and Leann relayed the bad news. Man I'm so angry with myself for not making the time to get together sooner. Don't let this happen to you and any close friends. Find the time and make the effort. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

I really hope to meet you some day Leann. Let's not let time run out on us on this. I'm sure I probably have a story or two about him that no one else knows. I'd love to share them.

My address says Phoenix but I am living on the beach in Puerto Penasco Mexico so anytime you want to get away for a bit we can pick you up at the Phoenix airport and bring you on down.

Jim to you I say that the place you are in now is better with you there and the place you left behind will never be the same with you gone. Happy trails!
December 27, 2017
I am sorry for finding out about this so late. I have known Jim since junior high school, we lived 3 doors apart on Ft. Richardson, must have been 1973 or '74. I still recall the weekend, near Christmas, when we got together to put headers on his Chevelle. He was recovering from a shoulder injury, but he could not wait to put the headers on. A group of us got together that winter weekend, jacked up his car in the garage and put them on for him... I know he would have done the same for anyone else. I will always remember Jim's smile and handshake.

Ride on Jim - We will all follow, in our time.
November 04, 2017
Jim was a great friend when we worked at Pay n Save. There were so many Jim's there that I was Jimmy. Jim was always super nice and funny. Even after I left and he moved on to Napa, every time we ran into each other, it was like old times, he was special and I am very sorry to hear of his passing.
September 28, 2017
Rita so sorry to learn of Jims passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
September 27, 2017
Leanne - I just saw this in Sunday's paper! I am so sorry for your loss!! My thoughts are with you and your family!
September 27, 2017
Rita and family, I am so sorry to hear of Jim's untimely death. My condolences can not express the sadness I feel for you and your family's loss.
September 26, 2017
Rita I'm so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. Whenever I was around you both, he was always the most upbeat happy guy. I know he will be greatly missed.
September 26, 2017
Leanne, Jim's heart didn't give out, he just gave too much of it away. He just loved too much, but most of all he loved you and his family. Hours of tales, jimisms, of the past, present and future plans. He was a great mentor, protector and story teller. I will always treasure our time together and hearing the stories of his life
September 25, 2017
Rita, I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My condolences to you and family.
September 24, 2017
I first met Jim when I went to work for Pay 'n Save in the late 70's. He was so friendly and witty! One of the nicest guys you could ever meet. My heart goes out to Leann and all of Jim's close friends and family for your loss. He will forever be remembered for the wonderful, funny and caring man he was. Blessings to you all.

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