Lisa, I was so shocked to hear about Jim. As you know I never knew him personally but I felt like I did through you. I do know he was a child of God. In that, we take comfort. I pray continued comfort for you and all of Jim's family. Our God is faithful to care for His children.
I had the honor of working with Jim at APD in the 80's which gave me the priviledge of having him as a mentor. I remember when he and Lisa would be together; the smiles they had could light up a room. Thank you Jim you will be missed. Prayers be with his family and law enforcement for his passing.
Dear Lisa, You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Lisa, I have just learned of your Husband's passing. May the Lord comfort you, and please know that you are in my prayers. Love, Lisa and Randy Allen
I didn't know Mr. Ford but, it was a strange that the night before his obituary was listed, I happened to be watching the ID channel and saw him concerning the Donahoo case. RIP.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
John E Rushing
I had the honor of knowing Jim for 30 years. I met Jim after I became a prosecutor. I later became a criminal defense lawyer. I have always had the greatest respect for Jim. Quite honestly, he is probably the best detective I have ever known. Jim was always working to find the truth. He would work as hard to clear someone as he would to make a solid case. From the defense side, if it was a Jim Ford case, I knew we were in trouble.
As if his qualities as a detective weren't enough, Jim was a great guy. He was always glad to see you, and always found time to chat. I will miss Jim.
My deepest sympathy to his family.
It was an honor to represent Mr. Ford and give him a great homecoming. God bless the familty.
Lt. William E. Olds (TCSO Honor Guard)
Jim Ford...what can I say. He was one of the most honorable men I have ever known. I never heard him say a cross word about anyone. He dedicated himself to his work and to the city that he served for so many years. If Jim was working a case you knew that it would be done right! His style of investigation was one of a kind and the persons that he touched are a testament to that. I worked with him for many years and admired his amazing talents. You can never replace a Jim Ford, he didnt leave a mark, he left a gash in this life. When you were in his presence you knew that you were in the presence of a legend. He did not boast or brag, he just did his job with integrity and grace. If I could be remembered for a 10th of what he is I will consider myself fortunate. Jim is now in perfect rest, a rest that is well deserved. He toiled as know one else in the profession that he loved. To his family that he loved and reared, you will miss him deeply, but take comfort for now Jim is wrapped in the dreamless drapery of eternal peace.
Lisa was so sorry to learn of Jim's home going - I'm sure Chief Watson is saying "well done Jim and welcome home" Ed passed away 11-19-08
A wonderful human being who helped so many people. Never to be forgotten by anyone who met him. Family business kept me from the services but my heart and mind are there today.
I remember Jim from our days at Six Flags in 1974 and 1975. We were eating lunch at Dry Hole Charlie's when he told me that his dream was to become a police officer and a detective. So glad to know he accomplished his dreams. What a terrific man. and some day we'll share more stories of Six Flags in heaven. Sending my condolences to his wife and family.
Jim Ford, what can I say "THE BESTEST" in every way. My prayers are lifted for family and friends. Rest in peace, Jim.
I worked with Jim many years ago at APD. He was always a sweet and kind man. My prayers to his family on this huge loss.
Detective Ford was an amazing man and took his job very serious. When my son was killed in April '09 he was the lead for the case and he contacted me the next day and discussed the case. He said they will find the person that did this. On day of funeral that was 4 days later, he left message on my cell to call him. as we left cementary, I called him and he informed me they knew where he was in the area and would be in touch. Friday night about 10pm, I get a call and he said they got the man. He made this old man cry from hearing those words. He reminded me of the old west sheriff and his Texas accent. He testified in the trial and the person got 75 years. Detective Ford, I could never thank you for your dedication to the law enforcement business that you did so well in it and excelled beyond what had to be done. My thought and prayers go out to his Wife and family during this time of sorrow. My wife stopped by funeral home this afternoon on way home from work and signed the guest book and wanted to say it again. Thank You from The Roscoe Family.
Jim Ford was one of the best ever Police Officers. Remembering riding out with him in the late seventies. If you were lazy and just wanted to ride around you were in the wrong unit. Was not uncommon for him to book in three are four each night. At one time he was known as 10-15 Ford. Meaning he was in route to the jail with another. May you Rest in Peace. Now you know who your suspect is in Ambers death. Prayers for your family.
Ret. Reserve ID 4011
There really aren't any words to describe such a wonderful and amazing person. I had the honor and privilege of working with Jim at APD. I looked forward to each and every day working with him. When I left APD, I stayed in contact with Jim over the years - seeking his experience on cases I was working as a Detective with another police department. He was always willing to help and lend his expertise. The Law Enforcement world lost a good one. The Lord blessed me by allowing me to meet Jim, work with him and be able to call him a friend. The Ford family, extended Law Enforcement family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.
Lisa, I am deeply saddened by Jim's passing. He was such an amazing, kind, and sweet man. There were countless Sundays and Wednesdays when I was blessed by his wonderful smile. You have been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard the sad news.
May The Lord Jesus Christ surround you with His love and peace.
I didn't know Jim very well. But, everytime I ran into Jim at work at APD over the years, he always had a "Hello" to offer me, along with a smile. If Jim ever had a bad day at work, he never showed it. He always exuded a positive attitude and was so humble about his successes. There are countless families & victims who received the blessing of well-deserved justice because of Jim's tireless efforts and dedication to his work (his gift). I don't think Jim viewed it as a "job", I think he viewed it as his DUTY. God bless Jim Ford. I think he understood that we all really "work for God" and now Jim is enjoying the most magnificent retirement possible...in heaven with his Holy Father. My condolences go out to Jim's family and friends.
I want to extend my condolences to Jim's family. He was a very special man and an outstanding Investigator. I count myself lucky to have been able to call him friend. He will be greatly missed.
Well I don't know where to begin, although I only knew him the three years he worked here in the office. I felt like I had known him for years. I have a big bottle of hand santizier on my desk and I used to tell him that belong to him because he would use that stuff 3 to 4 times a day. I will miss him. May God bless you and your family.
Lisa, my heart goes out to you. If you ever need to talk I will be glad to listen. God bless you at this time
Lisa, sorry to hear about Jim. My thoughts are with you at this time.
Jim, You were the best and there will never be another like you. I would love to hear what your interviews are like now! My prayers are with your family.
Thank you Jim for the honor and pleasure of being one of your co-workers. Your unsurpassed work ethic, gentle kindness and quiet humor will be very much missed. The night sky has gained a new and very bright star.
Lisa, I am shocked and saddened to hear about Jim's passing. Michael & I are in Canada (for a funeral), or I would be there. Know that you are in my prayers and my heart is breaking for you. Love, Sally
We are very sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
My thoughts are with Jim's family, friends, and co-workers.
Great man and outstanding cop. Had many good times on the streets. My prayers are with all the family
Eddie Thompson #594
I was very sorry and sad to hear about Jim. I worked with Jim at APD. We were sworn in together and went through COG and training together. Jim, Walt West and I were the last of our group from COG still working at APD when I retired in 2005.
We worked patrol for many years together before Jim went inside to the Detectives Division. We wouldn't see each other for long periods of time, Jim working at the main station and I worked patrol out of the south and west sub-stations. But when we would bump into each other on a call or a PD function, it was like we saw each other just the day before. Jim would walk up with his hand out to shake mine, big smile and strong southern accent.
Being a friend of Jim's was being a friend for life. Jim was a fantastic Police Officer and a great friend, he will be missed. I'll see ya around Jim.
Lisa, so sorry for your loss. What a nice tribute in today's newspaper. Prayers for comfort and peace for you and your family at this time.
Jim was a wonderful unassuming man with dogged determination. His loss is truly felt in the District Attorney's Office. He had a calming demeanor and completed tasks in the most expedition and thorough manner. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful man with us.
Jim was one of, if not the best detective I ever had the privilege of working with. He will be missed greatly. Prayers to his family.
Wood's Polygraph Service
Lisa and Family: We were across-the-street neighbors to the Fords when Jim was a youngster and vividly remember the good times we shared together. Even then Jim was everything as a person that Glen and Juanita could desire in a son, was a class young man who brightened our neighborhood and throughout the subsequent years became one for whom everyone who has been privileged to know him could be proud. We lift up our prayers and condolences to you and your family and pray that God's love, mercy and peace embrace and comfort you during this time of grief and sorrow. God Bless
Walt and Jacqueline Hill, Molly, Jack and Nancy (nee) - Fort Worth,
Law enforcement has lost one of the best in the business. Jim was first, an exceptional gentleman and second, one of the most dedicated and compassionate detectives I've ever had the privilege to work with. He's also been a friend for many, many years. Thank you ST for the great article honoring him and his public service. He surely dedicated his career to helping those who needed it most. We'll all miss him greatly.
Lisa, please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. Jim was a genuine victim advocate who worked tirelessly to bring justice and comfort to the families and loved ones of homicide victims. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.
I have long idolized Jim over the 35 years I have known him. Fortunately, I had told him that several times over the years and in typical Jim Ford fashion, he would say that he was just trying to help others and glad he could help me. I was able to sit in a few times with him on suspect interviews and see a pro at work. He helped me get a confession from a suspect to a major crime I was investigating. Jim even let me put him in a scene about him in a video I did for APD. Wow! My idol in my video!
I was thrilled when he came to work at the county where I work as a deputy. We would often inadvertently meet in the stairway (for our health rather than using an elevator) a couple times a week and laugh about it. We talked about his camping trips, our families, and work. He liked the low stress of the D.A.'s office. He was the best man and police officer I have known and I will miss him a lot. God puts people in our lives for a reason and I am glad he put Jim in my life.
To Jim's family ... thank you for sharing such a kind and gracious gentleman with those of us at the DA's office. Jim's willingness to help others, his warm smile, and sincere interest in those he worked with was amazing. We are all better people from seeing Jim's gentleness. He will be greatly missed
Jim you will be dearly missed.
Lisa, thoughts & prayers are with you always.
God will be the strength to see you through this difficult time.
I had the pleasure of knowing Jim for over 25 years and worked a lot of cases with him. He was an outstanding Detective and an absolutely wonderful man. His untimely passing has left a void that cannot be filled. He touched so many lives. A true gentleman in every sense off the word. My condolences to his family.
Lisa, I am so sorry to hear about Jim. My prayers are with you and your family.
I will miss such a wonderful man. My condolences to his family.
OUTSTANDING! In many ways...
What an honor to have worked in the same area with Detective Jim Ford. Jim was a very dedicated detective! You are in my prayers Lisa.
Thank you, Fort Worth Star Telegram for such a fitting tribute to such an incredibly honorable and good man. I still remember the absolute awe I felt when he and Lisa asked me to serve in their wedding in Fort Worth's Botanic Gardens. I am sending prayers and thoughts of comfort and love from the Balkans. Martha Bacile Findlay
Thank you for your many years of service. May God comfort and strengthen your family and friends during this difficult time.
My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Our community lost a valuable asset.
Lisa, I am so sorry to hear about Jim. My thoughts and prayers are with you. With love, Dana Havens
I have known Jim for many years, since he was a police officer. He worked with me as an investigator on the Absalon case. Jim was one in a million. I grieve for his loss. My deepest sympathies to his family.