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August 14, 2014
Hey grandpa its Corey I miss you and I wished you could have met my beautiful wife Chelsie and daughter Nevaeh Annabella they are wonderful and you would have loved them. Nevaeh has blonde hair and hazel brown/green eyes and is so funny! I love you and miss you!
June 15, 2013
Tomorrow is fathers day.. and I read a poem yesterday.. It said that even though your loved one flies to heaven the love and the hurt of losing them never goes away. Ive always loved you and in my heart you will my angel to watch over me. yes the hurt will go. and Carrie underwood says.. I will see you again.. so.. yes dad I will see you again. I love you Happy Fathers Day.
May 9, 2013
Sad news.. But I know you already know.. Timmy died Feb 8th. He had cancer. He died in his sleep. It was best that way. Now i know you and Timmy and Heather are up there having a ball. Your great grand daughter was born on april 5. Her name is Nevaeh astrofsky. she has your black hair. and i bet your temper. her mom says she has a temper. Melissa graduates in Dec. and starts college in april. she is going into Forensics. Cait is going to be 17 in sept.. I remember you used to tell me .. where does the time go. Dad they are all grown up. Chris is going back to school is Sept. 1 semester and then off to get his bach. Cait is gonna come with us so her astma will dry out. so she can go in the navy. she said it will make her papa proud. Love ya ..
April 26, 2013
My husband and I graduated from MIT in the mid-90s, and we STILL remember Big Jimmy with gratitude and affection.

We miss Jimmy.

The giant ring of keys jingling as he huffed up the stairs... his contagious laughter... the random gossip, and the insightful observations...

Jimmy had this way of wiping the sweat off his forehead with a goofy smile, all the while observing with piercing eyes, from behind the back of his hand, what a student was REALLY up to. He was offering advice without seeming to, yet always getting to the heart of the problem. Oh, and the brisket! Holy smokes, the brisket! He gifted Carlos (my hubby, then-boyfriend) with this GIANT brisket, and told us stories of the meat-packing plant, and emphasized that we should only eat meat where we can see the actual grain of the meat (muscle), and avoid sausage or processed meat ("Hoo, boy, do you REALLY want me to tell you what they put in it?"). Good advice, BTW. Because we were poor college students, and new to cooking for ourselves, we confessed that we didn't know what to do with he brisket, so Jimmy brought a bunch of spices and rub and showed us how to cook it in the oven. It was delicious. (OK, for poor students like us, it was heavenly. Move over, late-night Domino's pizza delivery.)

When we returned, five years after graduating, he called us by name, shook our hands, and took us on a dorm tour while letting us in on the latest news. I reported, proudly, that I was recruiting for my company in the next day's career fair, and you should have seen the smile that blossomed on his face! Right away, he asked me for several business cards, to pass to students that he knew were looking for jobs. Forget the career fair; THAT's when I felt like I had arrived, I made it, I am in a position to help others! Jimmy offered that kind of validation.

Oh, and in the early 90s, he also offered to open the EC lounge one night for my mom and younger brother, when he found them sleeping on reclined seats in their car, parked outside EC. (They had been visiting me, took me to LSC for the late movie, and were too tired to get driving back to NH for 2 hrs. So they napped in the car, Jimmy found them on his rounds, and insisted they move to the EC lounge, for safety.)

For some strange reason, officer Collier's passing reminded me of Jimmy. They seemed birds of a feather, even though they had never met. Jimmy was kind to us at a critical time in our young lives, and made the brutal stress of MIT a little easier to survive. Jimmy lives on, in our hearts, and we are now telling our kids about him. I suppose, the way he had "soul" kids in the the MIT students, he how has "soul" grand kids, and his story gets told one more time.
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