Although Jim Calabrese was actually my cousin, I grew up with him as my Uncle. He & my dad were only 3 years apart so, they grew up as brothers & best friends. Going off to Concord together & even marrying beautiful, brunettes from W.VA.
Uncle Jim taught me to play the flute & expected nothing less than perfection. Needless to say, I eventually left it behind. That, alone, made me think of Susan as my big sister and Danny as my brother.
Uncle Jim is the only man, besides my dad, that I had the love and respect for, that I do. Together, they were a sight. Trouble, with a capital T. Comedians. Uncle Jim made me laugh, out loud, all of the time.
His love for my Aunt Mavis, Susan, Dan, Beth, Emily and Sam is something I wish for everyone. I always felt, being an only child, like him, that the Calabrese family treated me like I was another one of them.
While my parents & I are devastated, I can't even begin to imagine the loss that his immediate family feels.
His mom, my Aunt Eva, his Dad, James and he are all together now.
I love you, so much, Uncle Jim