Passed away peacefully in his sleep the morning of Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 - three days before his 73rd birthday. A lifetime resident of St. Paul, he was a graduate of Monroe High School, St. Cloud State University, and received his graduate degree at the University of Minnesota
. For over 30 years, he was fulfilled by his work at the University of Minnesota's Boynton Health Service. Jim found happiness in the time he spent with his colleagues, either mentoring or working side by side with them, which was as rewarding as the work. After his retirement, he was excited to return there as a volunteer and maintain his favorite relationships. In his later years, befitting his curiosity and love of learning, he found great joy and solace in painting and drawing, as well as developing his life-long talent for cooking. His open and friendly personality was infectious, many always declaring, "I love talking to Jim." Even those who knew him only a short time were taken with his warmth and easygoing manner. Through all this he was always a loving and selfless father, and his laughter and charm will be missed. He is survived by his son Leo and his daughter Elizabeth; his brother Fred and his sister Jeannette and all their loved ones; as well as his two grandchildren Levi and Josie. He would be remiss if he didn't thank all his family, friends and colleagues who supported and loved him through his life, and especially over the past four months. As a family, we are also grateful for all the love and good will you extended to us over this time. In lieu of flowers, we ask, if you'd like, to make a small donation to a
. A memorial will be held in St. Paul, details to follow.