August 28, 2014
"I am very sorry for your lost and may the god of comfort be with you"
August 27, 2014
"I wish to extend my sympathy to Jim's family.
After reading the many tributes offered at this time, it is plain to see that what we were priviledged to learn when in high school was shared by the rest of the country.
Jim was always fair, friendly and caring. I am proud to be able to say he was one of my friends in band etc. and am thankful to have known him."
Shhirley Rice Small
August 26, 2014
"Dear Leonard and Laura:
I would like to extend my condolences on the passing of your father. He was a fine man who always was willing to be of assistance to one of his constituents and of course a neighbor. Your dad was so helpful to my parents by helping them help my cousin to become an American citizen. Your dad was always willing to help and was always a good friend to our family.
I wish you and your family the best through these difficult times.
August 25, 2014
"My condolences and thanks to the Jeffords' family for sharing Jim with us for all these years."
August 25, 2014
Dear Jeffords Family,
I am writing to send my sincere sympathy and to share a few of the many kindnesses extended to the LaPlaca Family from your Dad.
Not only was he a super friend to my husband Tom (deceased 1995) who assisted him as his aide but Jim's kindnesses extended to additional things as well.
After my husband's death, your parents took me out to dinner and shows at the Paramount. The last one we attended, Liz took me to the Jeffords row of seats and showed me the engraved plate in my name in your row…. Jim said “That's what Tom would have done.”
It was difficult to reciprocate but did find a way.
They both loved music and asked if one Friday evening after I cooked dinner for them, we could go to my music teaching room at Fair Haven Union High School and sing a few tunes. Your parents had beautiful voices and I enjoyed accompanying them on piano.
We had the whole room to ourselves and it was freedom.
I think of your Mother often as I continue to battle ovarian cancer since Feb. 2012. On June 30 this year I retired, completing 55 years as District Music Educator in the Addison Rutland Supervisory Union School District.
Peace and all Good Things to you.
Fair Haven, VT 05743
August 25, 2014"