I'm truly blessed to have had Jim in my life for over ten years. When I was 10 I referred to him as "the walking encyclopidea" because he was the smartest man I ever knew. He was always so eager to share information on any given topic, even though, at the time I was most interested In why the sky was blue. No matter how many times I asked him, forgot, and asked him again he never once lost his passion and love of sharing and putting a smile on my face. He was the best listener and could always fill the room with conversation if there was none. His sense of humor helped me through the day while his advice prepared me for the the next. In thick and thin all he wanted to know was how mom and I were doing. Never in my life have I heard him complain. Not even at the end, when we sat together making toasts with our Ensure drinks, remarking on how good they were despite the effort it took for him to swallow. His optimism overflowed in life and the memories of his positivity will not fade with death.
Jim was more a gift to this world than I feel I could ever be. He was a friend, a role model, a mentor, and most of all a loving, generous, and selfless person whose loss took a out a chunk of my heart.
I will never forget him. And do all in my power to emulate him as he was the closest to perfect man I've ever known.