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November 15, 2018

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January 10, 2018
Jim (we called him Bimmy) and his family were a precious part of childhood for my sister (Susan Johnson Bierer) and myself (Cynthia Johnson Barnett). Although he was younger than both of us, I remember him as always gentle, sensitive, kind, and fun. Since Susan and I came from a very small family (our parents were both only children), our parents' wisdom in forging a family type bond with the Rixeys ( to us, Jim's parents became Aunt Nancy and Uncle Eppa) was a wise and wonderful gift to us both. Together with Eppa and Jim, my sister and I learned to shoot skeet, canoe, water ski, love the outdoors, and so much more. Eppa and Jim were like the brothers we otherwise would not have had.

Soon after college graduation, I married and moved away,first to York, PA and later to Syracuse, NY. Therefore I rarely saw Jim as an adult. But my sister kept me updated and what I heard was always good. Jim's obituary gave me more information, and I am proud but not surprised at the fine man that he became.

My heart goes out to all of the family, and I pray that God will comfort them all. It makes me happy to think of Jim reunited with Uncle Eppa, his grandparents, and even the wonderful family dogs, including Skeeter and Spring Beauty.

So, in conclusion, I say, Well done, good and faithful servant. . You touched the world with your love and uniqueness, and it and we are better for having known you. Keep a candle burning for us, Bimmy, as we look to seeing you again one day, in the perfect love of God.
January 8, 2018
Brenda and family,

So sorry to hear about Jim.
I haven't seen you two for years, but have always held you in my heart with so much tenderness.
You and Jim were such wonderful supportive friends to Jaime and me, and I will always be grateful for the time we shared.
Sending you lots of love my dear,
Monica
January 6, 2018
Jim had some magic that just made people want to be around him, and I think that that magic was that HE cared about THEM.
And not just cared about in a general, 'Love thy neighbor' way, but actually cared about them as people, wanted to know about them, know them, know what they knew. I think that what was so compelling about Jim is that he believed us to be more interesting than we could ever believe ourselves to be.
I've never known anyone who could make friends so fast. He lived a life full of mini-adventures ("I'm getting a backstage tour at the stables, wanna go? I'm touring a factory, wanna go? Someone gave me VIP tickets to the roof of a riverfront hotel during the fireworks, wanna go?") because he was unfailingly curious, unfailingly kind, and as near as I could tell, willing to ask for anything.
I can't imagine how one gets over the loss of such a singular guy. The whole world is literally a little darker and a little less fun today.
I guess it's our job, as those he left behind, to try to brighten it back up by bringing a little Jim into other people's lives. That honest, undisguised, almost-childlike interest and caring for other people could use a little spreading around, and now that he's not here to be the ambassador of Jim-ness, those who knew him will just have to take up the cause.
Between all of us, we might be able to bring as much light into the world as Jim did all by himself.
January 5, 2018
Dear Brenda,
We are shocked to hear of Jim's passing. We offer our deepest sympathy for this difficult time to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Your former neighbors Claude and Lucie Lessard.