Joan, Ian, and family,
It has been almost 25 years since Dr. King and you were a regular part of my life – soccer (including the first ever European tour), school, and friendship. On hearing the news today I felt a tremendous loss for one of just a handful of people I look back as being most influential in my life during those formative high school years. Jim truly helped shape how I would eventually model my life and the person I would become. He was quintessentially genuine, kind-spirited, caring and supportive. He was demanding of your very best, but rewarded your success with further opportunities. Jim embodied the principles he insisted in us of hard work, integrity, honesty, commitment to family and friends, charity / giving of oneself for others, all mixed in with fun and living life to its fullest. His smile was contagious. He treated us all like family and he was influential to many as a father-like figure. I hope that I may embody many of those same principles as I raise my five kids and in my professional life. Please know how thankful I am for my few years with him and your family so many years ago and the influence he had in making myself, and I am sure countless others, the men they are today. I am so sorry for your loss and we will keep you in our heart and prayers through this difficult time.