- 76 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 19, 1940
- Place of birth:
Seattle, Washington, United States
- Date of passing: May 9, 2016
- Place of passing:
Hoquiam, Washington, United States
|Let the memory of Jimmy be with us forever|
"It's Thanksgiving 2016. I'm missing Jimmy so much. This is the first one without him since we got together."
"In the late 70's Jimmy owned part interest , with Jean Falls, a stunning theroughbred named Savanna Blue Jeans and another named Vamp of Savanna. It was through Jimmy and Tom Wilson that Leslie Lepere and I got to meet the Alhadeffs at Longacres and Morrie contracted us to do the year book cover. We couldn't be more excited to associated with these fellows. Fine memories from a great time to be in Seattle."
"Suzanne Lamon and I were on Sunset Beach in Hawaii when we heard the news of Jimmy's passing. It wasn't unexpected because of the health issues he was having but it was still a sad note. We had reconnected in the present day and we're sending notes back and forth weekly. On one visit at our place in Pt Townsend he bought some fish art and a Suzanne chicken print and paid for it with a his wad of dough he'd made from a sale of items at a Ocean Shores swap meet. Liz was in attendance and we all had a time hacking it up about old stuff, new stuff and future stuff.
On another note he was coaching me on his research on the topic of Mike's Chili recipe. He had been trying for thirty years ( he said ) to replicate that special chili famous in Seattle... Ballard. He even sent me photos of the steps and ingredients as they marched into the " soup".
I'm missing a lot of that fellow."
"I met Jimmy when his gallery was at 105 S. Main. It was the best of places and the art was trey skookum, absolutely the best. Later on I got to show there and at the other addresses he leased, kind of a badge of honor in the NW art world. Midway through on showing he had sold a couple of paintings and I asked him for some of the money, being a starving or near starving artist and he said "No". " you are on a thirty day payment and if you beat me up for it then I won't pay you any of it because you will have already collected beating my ass up". Until he mentioned it I hadn't thought of kicking his ass but , needless to say, he had methods to deal with conflict. Jimmy paid me at the end of the month, like he said he would and life went on. I was beginning to learn the lessons of the business side of the art scene, now being fortunate to have had some of those with Jim."
"Liz, being my best friend for 40+ years, of course told me all about Jimmy. I had the pleasure of meeting him twice, once in his home, where he and Liz prepared a sumptuous, Greek dinner for me and three friends traveling with me. After dinner, he sang and entertained us royally for more than an hour. We loved it; and loved him. Who could help it? In just one evening, it was totally obvious how Liz could cherish him and enjoy her time with him so much. He loved to cook, loved to sing, loved to tell stories, loved good art, and loved Liz... these things were obvious right away. I can only guess at the depth and breadth of his personality, and wish there had been more time with him for all of us."
"Jimmy and I reconnected 2 1/2 years ago after not having contact for 40 years. They have been good years, with lots of laughter, music, art, food, drink, travels and love. I feel very blessed to have had this time together. I met some wonderful people through Jimmy.
He designed and built his house in Ocean Shores. The house is filled with art, pots and pans (he loved to cook) boxes of articles written about Jimmy over the years, golf clubs, tools, paints, collections of fun things like scrabble tiles, wishbones, levels, measuring tapes to name a few and much much more. I loved his home from the very first time I drove down to Ocean Shores and saw the giant metal rooster out front. Jimmy taught me how to play Gin. We both loved playing. We played almost everyday when we were together; even in the hospital when Jimmy had to play one handed. We had so much fun and connected on so many different levels. I keep expecting my phone to ring and to hear his beautiful voice. I'm missing him very much."
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