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January 4, 2018
Dear Williams Family,
I was Wiz's manager at American from 2004 until his retirement. He was an awesome employee a manager's dream of what the perfect employee should be! More importantly, he was an amazing human being that touched the lives of everyone he came in contact with. He had an infectious smile and it was always there and he oozed of optimism. He led by example and it was so evident that he was incredibly happy in his personal life. He is exactly the kind of person we want our kids to grow up to be! His camera was always out and all of us that worked at American were in one picture or another. He was at his absolute best with the Snowball Express and the love he had for all those children. If you happen to travel on American Airlines, you need to look on the wall of the jetbridge at D-32 (Jim Wiz Williams's jetbridge) and see his art work and the beautiful moments he captured through his photography. When I left American, Wiz made me my own framed poster with a collage of people and things from DTW a city and community he loved! It is in my new office on the wall to the right of my desk and I look at it with the fondest of memories. Lately, I find myself looking at the top center and the photo of him, just I will always remember him. While I cherish that, my favorite thing from Wiz was a poem he wrote at the time when the entire ramp was getting laid off from AA and anxiety was extremely high. He gave a copy to every employee. His empathy and optimism are so evident here. I told him how much I loved it and he gave me a framed copy. Here is what it says:

IT'S REAL NOW

It's real now, the WARN letters make it official, make it real and almost atomize the ready room air with static electricity stress!
Its late autumn, colorful leaves are falling and a brisk wind is scattering them to new destinations. Likewise many of us in Detroit will be moving on to new destinations. For many it will be their first time relocating, their first time to leave DTW. Others have made this trek before, in some cases several times! The stress level is extremely high for the first timer, and rightly so. You can blame it all on the unknown, the uncertainty of the process. What will the new station be like? Do we need a second car? I'm leaving my family behind. I've got to find a place to live. Will this strain the budget? Etc., etc., etc.
Another concern pops up every day, every hour it seems. That's the normal human reaction, it happens to everyone right on cue. Even knowing that does not make it any easier or less stressful. Take it from someone who has flown this route before. I commuted from DFW-DTW for 2 whole years. I've been there, I have done that, and I've got the T-shirt!
It's not as bad as it seems. You will be amazed at how fast you adapt to your new station. It will become somewhat of a challenge and adventure in a very short period of time. Who knows, you might even begin to like the place! But for now, go ahead get on and ride the stress mobile! But keep in mind, at some point you have to get off the stress mobiles and get on the bullet train that is speeding towards a new adventure! Nuff said!
Best of luck!
Wiz
p.s. Enclosed is a calendar for your new locker.

Jim Williams was an incredible human being and I feel so blessed to have known him. I hope each day gets a little easier for all of you. I'm sure he is on a bullet train to heaven and probably already there! With deepest sympathy.
Jim Jianette
December 29, 2017
Dear Williams Family,
You're dad will be greatly missed. He was a wonderful man, I remember so fondly the days they would be in Big Lots talking and making my long day so much shorter. You guys are in my prayers. We love you guys!
Stacie and The Bolden Family
December 27, 2017
Paula, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, may God continue to strengthen and bless all of you.
December 27, 2017
To Marie and family. I was shocked to see that James passed away. My prayer now is that God will comfort and strengthen you.