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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.

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Me, Dad and Robin on the Oregon coast A great friend and ski partner. Jim, April 2007

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