Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Atlanta, GA-Formerly OC, CA
Cindy Banzer asked me to post her AROC-USA Facebook Tribute here:
AROC Technical Librarian Jim Neill’s Last Transition
On behalf of the AROC Board of Directors, I regret that Jim Neill, dedicated AROC member, long-serving volunteer, and recipient of the AROC Volunteer of the Year Award, transitioned to the starry skies above. His passing comes as a shock to all who knew him and will be keenly felt by Alfisti worldwide who he assisted with technical Alfa issues.
Jim was the curator of the renowned AROC library and the go-to-source for information on vintage Alfas. Most technical and service manuals eventually found their way into Jim’s mail box.
His beloved wife, Jaci, shared an example of Jim’s dedication, “Jim always took calls from Alfisti; he would be on the phone and when the conversation was completed, he turned to me and smiled.” I asked him if he helped get the Alfa running, “Yes," he replied. “Jim’s passion in life was to help to keep Alfas running,” said Jaci. Another of Jim’s joys was serving as Administrator for the Alfa Romeo Bulletin Board where he was known as "Papajam".
Cause of death was from complications of emphysema. Arrangements for services to honor Jim are being discussed. Please join us in sharing with Jaci Neill our deepest condolences and sharing with her how important her husband was to AROC and the Alfa world.
The AROC-USA Board of Directors will be discussing the creation of an annual Jim Neill Memorial Award at their January meeting.
President, Alfa Romeo Owners Club USA
The portrait here was painted by his friend, the late Jerry Quinlisk, and it is published in Jerry's book 'The Alfabet'.
Current: '78 Spider Veloce-250K miles-restored. Previous: '74 Spider (Killed by a Toyota). Way previous: Fiat 124, 1500 & 1200 Spiders.
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