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June 27, 2014
Miss you Dad!
November 11, 2013
Robin,
Shirley and I were shocked and saddened to receive your email about Jim. As you know, our friendship went back 40+ years. I've stayed at your house, he's stayed at mine when you and your sister went to Europe. We were also roommates in our single days. I really enjoyed talking to him to catch up every so often since retirement. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

Bob Gallagher
November 05, 2013
Jim was one of my best friends of all times. I can't begin to state how much I'll miss him. Robin, you two had a very special relationship that was contagious and spread to all of your friends. You have so many friends, and have been very blessed with great memories. There's not enough room to begin to talk about the fun we've all had together. Life will never be the same without our buddy, Jim. I do want to mention that I'm still sorry about the speeding ticket Jim got on the Expressway while driving (70 mph) and talking about great day skiing at Eaglecrest. If I had JUST known or noticed that cop with the speed gun was aiming for Jim, he could have escaped by driving up Salmon Creek Dam Rd. Or so I was told over and over again afterwards. Sorry, Jim...... Another thing I blew that you somehow forgave me for. Zeke
November 02, 2013
Robin, we are so sorry to hear about Jim. May the Lord fill you with peace and wonderful memories.
November 01, 2013
Robin, I'm so sorry to hear about Jim. He always had time to give heartfelt advice to Soc. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
October 30, 2013
Robin, I was sad to hear of Jim's passing. He was so funny, and one of the nicest of that crazy DOT bunch! I always enjoyed talking to him, and seeing him at Eaglecrest. Loved hearing you two share your travel stories! He will be missed. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
October 30, 2013
My dad was a good father, husband and son. He was ALWAYS there for us girls when we asked for his help. He taught me how to swim and he attended EVERY track and field event I competed in. He was my biggest cheerleader and I can remember hearing his voice and cheering me on while he was sitting in the bleachers. He also was blessed with Robin. She is the best thing that ever happened in his life. We are blessed to have her as our mom, grandmother and great grandmother. Our hearts are heavy with sadness for the loss of this good man who's my dad. I cherish every single moment I recently had to spend with him. My dad will be very missed, always loved and forever in our hearts.
October 30, 2013
Dad,
I miss you morning,day and night...I think about you morning,day and night...You were way to young to be taken from us.Your girls will miss you dearly!I know that grandma was up there,arms open wide,waiting for you to come home...I love you!!!!!
October 30, 2013
Robin -
I was so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. I will never forget game night at your house, your wedding (so great) and all the fun we had at DOT in the early 80s. Jim had the best laugh ever, I can hear it now. I am so sorry for your loss.
October 29, 2013
Jim was a caring friend and so much fun to hike, ski and socialize with. We still laugh at his jokes and will miss him very much.
October 29, 2013
I wish I knew his middle name was Albert,
loved him like a brother. So sorry for our loss Robin.
October 29, 2013
Jim was a good friend and played poker with the cronies many times at my home. He will be missed.
October 29, 2013
God Bless Jim, Many a fond memories!
May the good lord watch over the family during the holidays.

God bless,

Mary Lou-
Thousand Oaks,Calif
October 28, 2013
robin and family, so very for your loss
October 28, 2013
Jim might have been one of the very few that could make me fall down laughing! I came to know Jim in the early years (for me) at DOT. He was a comedian and a jokester and I have a million stories the "crew's" good times which always included Jim!

He was always a good friend to me.

Robin, my thoughts are with you.

Scott Williams, Fairbanks
October 28, 2013
Jim will leave a big hole in our lives. Deb and I are so glad we were able to see you two last fall. We continue to think about Jim every day.
October 28, 2013
My heart felt condolences go out to you Robin and the rest of your family. Jim was a great guy and friend
October 28, 2013
Yes, we laughed many times with you Jimmy and enjoyed many good meals and hikes with you and Robin. You will be missed.
October 27, 2013
Robin, I'm so very very sorry to hear about Jim. What a great loss to you and to all of us, his old friends from way back in the 70's. I always liked Jim a lot. We always hit it off and got along just great.

Let me offer my deep and very sincere condolences on the passing of Jim. I think I'll say a few comments about him.

It's hard to lose a good friend like Jim, and you being my good friend too, it really makes me sad.

Robin, he'll be missed by a lot of people, but not forgotten. So long Jim. Someday we'll all be skiing hiking, hanging out with you again.
October 27, 2013
Jim and I spent a lot of great days in the powder @ Eaglecrest, along with a few pretty good shrimping and king salmon days. Will miss you Jim!
October 27, 2013
Always smiling. Good guy & good friend. We'll miss his sense of humor.
October 27, 2013
Oh Robin:

I'm so very very sorry to hear about Jim. What a great loss to you and to all of us, his old friends from way back. I always liked Jim a lot. We always hit it off and got along just great. Let me offer my deep and very sincere condolences on the passing of Jim. I think I'll say a few comments about him.

I remember back in about 1979 or 1978, (circa) when you were sitting by me at DOT/PF. I remember Jim came around checking you out, and then you guys started dating. It was really neat to watch you and Jim develop a wonderful relationship.

I remember time and again, when Jim would tell me "what a great woman that Robert is". He told me that about two times a week for about a year. You really helped him get his act together in so many ways, and he loved you dearly for it, and of course many other reasons.

I remember a lot of other neat things about Jim, but the one thing that stands out in my mind is how he learned to ski at about the age of 40 or 45 I'm guessing. He just wouldn't give up. I was impressed by his determination.

So when Jim had perfected his skiing after that, Rick Purves, myself and Jim went on the ski trip of our lives; in the Lake Tahoe area, on the California Nevada border. Man was he a good skier. I had been skiing since I was 21. Jim started to learn to ski in his 40s. When we got the ski area, it turns out that we were about even as skiers. Maybe one day Jim was a little bit better than me. Another day I better than Jim, but just by an inch.

There was the problem of Rick snoring so loud. I mean he brought the rafters down (so speak). All Jim had to do, was take out his hearing aid. He had no problem with Rick snoring after that.

Another story about his hearing aid on that trip comes to mind. We three were standing on a open deck, on a beautiful warm, sunshiny day having lunch. That deck was about 40 feet up in the air. Jim lost his hearing aid somehow and somehow it fell between the cracks in the boards. He was very bummed out about it. Well, I told a couple of young men(about 18 years old), that Jim would give them $20, if they would go down there and find his hearing aid. Jim said sure he'd be glad to pay 20 bucks. Of course it was about a 1 million chance that they word actually find them. Well wouldn't you know , one of those guys found his little hearing aid 40 feet below in the snow. It was an amazing feat and Jim said it was due to his good luck. Jim was grateful and gladly gave the kid the $20 bill.

It's hard to lose a good friend like Jim, and you being my good friend too, it really makes me even more sad.

Robin, he'll be missed by a lot of people, but not forgotten. So long Jim. Someday we'll all be skiing hanging out with you.
October 27, 2013
Robin, Paula, Dawn, Jamie - I am so sorry to read of this loss. I will always remember him for a man who always had a hidden smile while making me scared as hell with his stern voice! I hope all of you are faring well. My prayers are with you all - rest assured that he is in a better place with no more pain. Thinking of you all - Mary
October 27, 2013
Oh my friend. You lit me up when we were playing ball together or just laughing. I am so sorry to hear this news Robin. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
October 26, 2013
Robin. I'm so sorry for your loss. You and Jim were definitely a match made in heaven.
October 26, 2013
Jim was always a fun guy to be around at work or at play. I probably drove by within 20 miles of your housr this last spring, wish I had been able to stop and visit.
October 26, 2013
I worked in Design with Jim and he was a character. I'm sorry to hear that he has passed on.
October 26, 2013
Jim was a good guy and a friend. We will miss him.
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