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(Continued from prior column) By 1980, in favor of the severity of the charges being diluted, Jimmy was talked into surrender. "This was plea bargaining just like you see on Law and Order. Reluctantly, I agreed to a drug possession conviction. At the time I was very indignant about this compromise. The years have mellowed me. I think now of all the other times I could have actually been busted for drugs. It could have turned out far worse," Jimmy wrote. By this time, Jimmy had settled in Atlanta, where he worked as a waiter at Capo's Café in Virginia-Highland from 1977 to 1999, and later at AmericasMart as a manager of The Gardens showroom. During this time, Jimmy also did volunteer work, delivering meals for Project Open Hand. It was at Capo's that Jimmy met his companion of 34 years, Robert Mooney. In 1989, Jimmy bought his home on Druid Place in Atlanta, where he was beloved by his neighbors, who pitched in to help care for his pets, Lily and Ratty Tat Cat, and provide meals, lawn care and other services during his final illness. That illness came as a surprise. Jimmy had always looked at least 15 years younger than his actual age, exercised regularly, watched what he ate, and had been sober for 4½ years. During the summer of 2012, a month after receiving a clean bill of health at his annual physical, Jimmy began experiencing disturbing symptoms that ultimately were diagnosed as hepatobiliary carcinoma. He was given about two months to live without chemotherapy. With the help of his wonderful oncologist, Dr. Jayanthi Srinivasiah, Jimmy underwent treatment that led him in May 2013 to write his friends exclaiming that he felt fantastic and was happy to have been able to travel, garden, and do things that previously had been simply ordinary. Jimmy transitioned to hospice care in September 2013, which allowed him to enjoy a splendid fall in his home, often on his front porch, visiting with friends and neighbors as he so often had during his 20-plus years on Druid Place. In addition to his longtime companion, Robert, and his pets, Jimmy is survived by his brother William C. "Bill" Schneid, his wife Liz, of Olmsted Township, Ohio, and their three children, and many, many friends.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 24, 2014
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