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Jim died. I got an email from one of our members.
Wow, that is shocking. Im glad I had several positive communications with him on the board, and now Im a little remorseful for the not so positive interactions.
This really hits me hard. Of all the people I know, or only knew on the internet, he is the one I probably prayed for the most.
He.will. be. missed on. the forum.
Even in the obituary, it had Jims signature sayings “a romantic idealist, a spiritual free thinker, a political liberal, a lover, a dreamer.” Thats Jim!
jfkoc, thank you for letting us know. So kind of you.
Dear old Jim, I will keep you in my heart.
You taught me how to navigate through rough seas. You gave me something to hold on to. You helped me to survive the hurricane winds of my mind.
I encountered you after the death of my immortal beloved. In my hour of need. You encouraged me. You guided me. You inspired me.
You gave me a symphony of thoughts.
Thank you, old friend.
Using your words... May your imagination continue to imagine the unimaginable. Every day. Always in perpetual motion. For all of eternity.
Rest in peace, my friend. Dying at home. Suddenly. It was a good way to die. What a fresh start!
(Cristina, if you are reading, we are hugging you.)
Thank you so much Judith. I'll make the donation for Jeanne. This is so sad. I was thinking the last few days if he had gone to Italy and left without saying anything to us. Thx for checking.
Actually, he's the reason I've stuck around here so long. Love to read his wild posts and take my mind off my world. I'll miss him so much.
He was a very special man.
Good bye Jim. I hope you see at least this one last thread from us before you take off to your world with your beloved Jeanne. Tell her we all say HI.
Andy---Yes, Jim was all of those things. Although we grew apart over the years, he was a friend. Jim was the first person to welcome me to the Alz. boards and spent countless hours helping me to come up with work arounds and cope with the daily challenges of Charlie's Alzheimer's.
Oh that's so sad. I wonder if he knew he was ill. He seemed so down lately. He will be missed and I did pray for him,too. This place won't be the same without him. Another loss.
Andy, what is so weird is that you did the "Living" thread on the day he died. Maybe, that was kinda him talking. Take a look at what you wrote. That is something he would say, as he passed on. Jim lives on!
Yes Ruth, I did notice the dates last night.
When I first joined over 2 years ago under a different name, Jim and I battled for months over his old political thread, until it was finally closed. But we also got along in other areas, and what many couldn’t know is we also exchanged some private messages. We were as different as night and day, but that only made things more interesting.
After reading his obit, as I was moved by his taking his late wife on daily 4 miles walks in her wheelchair after he had to move her in to a facility. He stood by her daily until the end.
One thing is for sure he made an impression and left his mark. Whether you agreed or disagreed with him he certainly made the mind think and the heart race.
A unique man with a flare for writing and thinking on his terms. You can say that Jim definitely did it his way. Now, to write that next journey.........
Thanks for the details JFKOC. Part of me thinks that after Jim struggled to get back inside, and once in his chair, he was mentally composing his next post.
We did not always agree, if ever, but there is a void I cant shake since I heard about his death.
Thank you for sharing the news. I'm saddened by this. I enjoyed reading his posts and the discussion they often generated.
I too had a few "active" conversations with Jim on various threads. He had some views. But he was always polite and wanting to soothe my feelings. Rest in peace, Jim Broede.
Jim said he was a lover; I just happened to check in with this site today, and I just happened to have seen this quote earlier this morning...
"Death and love are the two wings that bear us to heaven."