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James William (Jim) Laird
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Goodbye my good friend Jim. You and your beloved Debbie put up a heroic struggle to keep you in this world. Now that you are gone physically, you will stay warmly alive in our collective memories to remember the special person that you were. Just remember Jim, we will always have drill hole number 2 (an inside joke).

In fond memory of a good friend,

Greg Thomson (a geological compatriot)
Jim was a very kind and honest man, and will be missed.
News of Jim's passing came to me through Martin Makulowich. This was quite fitting, as the three of us had spent many an interesting time together in the bush, where it was such a treat to see Jim in his element. Those were wonderful times. Make no mistake, he was the best and he forced me to think about rocks in a whole new way. My condolences to Jim's family and especially his boys, of whom Jim was so proud.
Enjoy your rest my longest and dearest friend.... I will miss you greatly but we will meet again.
My thoughts and prayers are with you my heart is sadden by the loss of such a great man.
Your love and care sustained Jim during these trying months in hospital. He was the most good natured patient I've ever meet. His only wish was to spend the rest of his life with you. I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Jim.
I called him my Gentle Jim.
He was the kindest, sweetest man I ever knew. A self-made, self-taught individual of great integrity.
I am very proud to have known him and loved him.

Gail Thompson

November 23, 2012
Sincere condolences to Bob, Joanne, Kathy, Leslie, Marian and Donna on the loss of your brother, and to Brendan and Chris on the loss of their Dad. He was way too young to go now.
On behalf of Kirstin Clausen and all staff at the Britannia Mine Museum, we extend our deepest condolences to Jim's family. He will be missed.
Carol Watts
Britannie Mine Museum
My deepest condolences to the family.Jim was a life long friend he will be missed dearly
Wow what a loss. Our deepest sympathy go to Debbie and all of Jim's family, Anne and I were shocked to hear of his passing. Just remember that you are all in our prayers at this time. The Hastings Rockhounds will have a minutes silence this Thursday evening at our end of year meeting.
Jim was a friend and mentor. We first met him in Prospecting School years ago and he truly did inspire us. He was such a breath of fresh air because he walked into that class with dirt under his nails, rocks in his pockets, a backpack of chisels and hammers and told it like it is. He was always willing to share his passion and expertise. Down to earth and honest. We looked forward to seeing him every Spring at our rockhound club's show, where he manned a table and often had one or both of his sons with him. I still have a little piece of watermelon tourmaline that he and Chris gave me.... "just because". He had a good soul and we will miss him greatly. Love and condolences to all who loved him.
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