Yesterday afternoon I got a call from Pat to confirm the news of Jim's passing. I had seen his name earlier on the passenger list on the news, but because I was not certain it was the same person, I chose to be in denial for a few hours. Pat then confirmed.
For the rest of the day yesterday and all day today, I can't focus on anything else by glimpses of Jim's life, as I was privileged to experience it.
Jim was one of the few people I know who really had his " house in order".
•He was a great visionary who was one of a kind. Yes he had extensive knowledge that prepared him for his CFO role. He also had a personality and people skills that made him calm in a crisis, a great listener and thinker when tough decisions had to be made, and a great leader when people needed to be guided and encouraged to get things done and done well.
•It was obvious; he was a great father and husband. It gave me great joy to hear that he had recently spent quality time with his family on vacation and touring potential colleges with his son.
•I am also going to assume that he had his personal/spiritual life in order as well. It would just be like him and he was an example of that every day he spent on this earth.
Every time I think of Jim being on that plane and see it on the news, I imagine that at the instant that plane hit, Jim standing in front of his Maker.......
I can hear God saying to Jim: "Go right on in Jim, you're all set."
Jim was a great man and lived every day of his life with his work, family and spiritual life in order. A good example for all of us.
Tribute I emailed to Netegrity employees on 9/12/2001