My wife and I had met James on an airplane headed to cancun. Actually I remember before boarding the plane hearing this loud, red bearded man's stuttering voice talking to somebody on the phone while waiting to board the plane. I gave him a casual nod and behold he ends up sitting next to me on the flight! We shared many great stories and he told us all about his family in santa barbara, and I about ours in arizona. I could tell He was such a great person and had such a positive outlook on life, he told me all about Lou gehrigs disease and his struggles with it being a DR. I told him all about being a fireman and how much I love that career. I remember we talked the whole flight. after exiting the plane I saw he was having trouble filing out form with passport information and reason for leaving the country. I filled out his information for him and we talked in the passport line for another hour. my wife and I got a picture with James before we left the airport in cancun, I will never forget his story and inspiration. My wife cried on the way to the hotel because she felt so bad for him and all that his family must be going through. we talked about his situation and how that would change your whole perspective on life, how fragile life is, and all the small thing we take for granted. I will never forget his name and even though i have never met his wife or daughter. I just wanted to share what an inspiration James spread onto my wife and I. I am doing a research paper on Lou Gehrigs disease for my final and would love to include my story of James in my presentation. I thought it would be most respectful to share my condolences with you and your family/friends.