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November-23-13
Jim was a great guy to be around and was always ready for a cold beer. We worked in Cairo for several years and he was truly passionate about his teaching. He cared very much about the well being of his students and often talked to me about them. All of us worked at the school here in Cairo were deeply saddened to hear of his death. He was extremely proud of is family and my heart goes out to all of you at this very difficult time. I lost my younger brother a year ago and although I will never forget him I can say that the pain you are feeling will, with time, ease a little. I shall raise a glass too Jim as I pass by the pyramids today. He loved them and the point in the direction he has headed. God bless you Mr Scratch. Your Cairo mate, Steve
November-22-13
People come into our lives for a certain reason.I am sure that God felt I needed a Big Brother and along came Jim. We had a lot of great times together and would always keep a watchful eye over one another.He loved his family deeply and my thoughts are with you all at this time.
November-22-13
Please accept my sincere condolences on Jim's passing.
I knew Jim when he was with the Essex and Kent Scottish--he was a good friend of my brother, Joe Downs.
I remember Jim's passion for history and his commitment to the regiment.
After a blizzard in the community, the reserves were called out to help transport personnel to the local hospitals. Jim donned his winter gear and hiked into the city to help out!
A really great guy, who passed far too soon.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Joan (Downs) Mavrinac
November-22-13
My deepest sympathies to Jim's family. Jim was a warm and compassionate friend of many years. He was a dedicated teacher with a wonderful sense of humor. Very best regards to all.
November-21-13

May I offer my sincere condolences on the very sad news of Jim's passing.
I had worked with Jim in Benghazi and in fact he was one of the first friends I made at that school. He had already arrived before me and was, as I am sure you can imagine, generous in showing me around and helping me get settled. When we lived out at 'the Farm' Jim, Will Trimmer and I would watch films and documentaries in Jim's flat almost every evening since we shared many common interests. These evenings became very much part of our daily routine, punctuated often by Jim's reminiscences of his past in the army and paramedics.
Jim always spoke fondly of you and Amal, of whom he was so proud. Outside of work, he spent many hours working in the garden and helping to build a walking track for the benefit of the other staff before we would settle down to an evening of movie watching and conversation. He was quite a character, holding strong opinions on many matters. He could sometimes be hot- tempered but he could laugh at himself and the three of us (Jim, Will and myself) enjoyed a great deal of quick witted jokes and put-downs. The three of us were quite the comedians.
Jim was very committed to his job and really wanted to see the school make a success. Benghazi was not without its challenges but he often spoke of his plans to make a really good geography lab for the kids.
Sadly, after I left Libya last summer I decided against returning as my wife and I have a baby son (and, now, a second child on the way) and I did not feel that Libya was safe. However, I remained in regular contact with Jim and Will, sharing stories and bits of news and trivia on the things that interested us. We emailed once a week and I was just about to write to Jim when Will sent me the tragic news.
Jim was a larger than life character and he has left an unfillable space. I miss him as everyone who knew him surely does.
I have some photos of Jim that I took around the Farm and some which he sent me from a trip to Cairo. I have asked for them to be sent to you. My thoughts are with you and Amal, Jim's mother, sister and family, all of whom Jim always mentioned with pride and love.

Yours very truly,
Craig Lancaster Marr

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