Jim is a friend of mine that I have known for over 10 years. We met one another at my favorite bar, "SV", and shared many of the same fine 'guy' qualities.
Jim comes in to the bar everyday and sits at the bar with the rest of 'the group'. Real good sense of humor and can 'give shit' as well as he takes it, a quality sorely lacking in most people.
We talk about sports all the time and Jim has always deferred to me regarding baseball, seeing that I am the resident 'expert' ;) We talked politics but Jim showed way more passion for this than me. I deferred to him on this subject. Oh, we also talked about boobs........duh.
Jim owned a small printing business and was very sucessful. As he got older, he cut his hours back some but still worked everyday and was very active.
He had a rough time with cancer a few years back and there was concern that he wouldn't make it..............but he did.
Jim has 4 daughters and he put every one of them through private schools and saw to it that they all got their degree's (as he put it 'I don't want them being dependent on a guy for their self-worth')
Talked to him before I left "SV" Monday afternoon and we both agreed that the Phillies were going to win the World Series.
Jim died yesterday of an apparent heart attack, at work, at his desk.
I'm sure going to miss him.