It was very sad to hear of Jim's passing and my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences go out to the family and his many friends. Jim had an unwavering passion for Cricket and was always involved in some capacity whether on or off the field. Despite obstacles, he persevered to advance the game when many would have given up. The awards and recognition he received for the valuable contributions he accomplished over the years are truly deserving of a man on a mission!
I have a lot of pleasant memories of Jim as I got to know him when I played in Ottawa. Always soft spoken with a smile on his face, he was the gentleman in Cricket. I was fortunate to play in a couple friendly games with him, albeit in the twilight years of his playing career and they were fun; but more importantly, the role he played as a teacher and mentor to me as I took up umpiring. He was very knowledgeable shared it willingly and was never too busy to offer an explanation or interpretation of the law when asked. He was always undeterred from spectator calls in the pavilion when they did not agree with his decision. His decisions were fair and I can remember him saying on many occasions, the doubt always goes to the batsman. Be sure when you make the call.
Jim, I am thankful for our friendship, support and teachings you provided to me. On behalf of all the Cricketers and fans, we owe our gratitude for what you have done for the game that we enjoy and for the many more who will. You laid the foundation and you had a tremendous innings. The higher umpire has called and may you rest in peace. Thank you.
Krishna Ganness, Frisco, Texas