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I echo what most others have already said.
Jim was a great guy. He was extremely giving of his time and knowledge.
If it weren't for his schematics, I'd still be scratching my head over several minor issues.
I too met him in Toronto in 2012 based on hearing of him, and having only read some of his posts (having only owned my car 1 year at the time).
But in subsequent years I really came to appreciate what he had to offer, and always felt more confident and better prepared for the issue at hand.
He always responded to my PM's and/or phone calls, and always offered great detailed information. No question was too big, small or simple or ever appeared to bother or annoy him. In fact, he always seemed pleased to be reached out, and often asked to be updated with the outcome. He definitely loved imparting his wealth of knowledge.
This is such a great loss for the community.
RIP Jim! You will be missed.
 

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RIP papajam.

This Alfa community will miss him very much, His contribution to this forum and his willingness to help total strangers by sharing his knowledge and experience with them, He was truly one of the respected elders on this forum. A sad day indeed.
 

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What I'll always appreciate abut Jim was his willingness to help with Alfa problems. His wiring diagrams were, indeed, works of art and my enlarged and laminated copy has been a godsend as I fumble my way though typical Alfa electrickery. Consulting his lucid diagrams saved my butt on so many occasions . . .

It goes without saying that Jim will be missed. He was a good man, and the very picture of a dedicated Alfisti. Jim was the kind of guy that makes owning old Alfas, knowing about them, and working on them such a worthwhile endeavor. Without people like him, our experience of Alfas would be barren and sterile.

Yes, he will be missed---but, when the stories are told and the songs are sung, he will also be remembered. My heartfelt condolences go to his wife and family. RIP Jim.
 

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Really sorry to hear of his passing...we exchanged emails over the years; he was always generous with his time and knowledge.

RIP and sincere condolences to family and friends.

Richard
 

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We have lost a GIANT in the Alfa world and in the Alfa BB Community, I'd known Jim for over 13 years, communicated many times by email sharing info and research, sadly I never met him in person, we are poorer by his passing, but richer in knowing him and in the legacy he has passed on in the AROC Library and the wiring diagrams.

Rest in Peace mi amici

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I am shocked at the news of Jim's passing.

We were emailing fairly often just these last months and weeks, as Jim was completing the new wiring diagrams for the S4 and asked a little help from me.

I always remember when I first joined the BB. I had written not many posts and Jim sent me an email and thanked me for my contribution (I have never experienced something like that on any forum!)
I thank you for the years of help to fellow alfisti, not just here on BB, but also over on the AO UK alfa forum, where he often helped those on t'other side of the pond.

My condolences and prayers go to his family and friends.

Rest in Peace Jim.

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Wow, what shocking news.
Thank you for the many times you sent me wiring diagrams when I started a new project, congratulating me with the purchase I did.. Many others said it before, but he had the ability to make you feel welcome without really knowing him.
Rest in peace!
 

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Like so many people we come across on forums, we never get chance to meet in person which is a real shame. I benefited greatly from reading Jim's contributions in many posts over the years, and he also responded directly and helpfully to queries that I had with my cars. He seemed to have endless patience and was a true gentleman. It is very sad to read of his passing. RIP.
 

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Remembering Jim

I met Jim and Jaci a few months ago and over time visited him to talk Alfa. I would stay for a few hours (which seemed like minutes) and would always make plans to visit him again. We spoke at least once a week just to catch up. He took great interest in my restoration project and was always on the look out for the parts I needed! I was acutely aware of his condition and how difficult it made simple things that we take for granted. It never dampened his spirit and he never complained. His intelligence was obvious as was his generosity. I will miss Jim greatly.

We will succeed because we were able to stand on the shoulders of giants, like Jim.
 

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If my memory is correct, they had to leave the Toronto convention due to the loss of a family member and now it is Jim. A great loss of a wonderful person. Sincere condolences to Jaci
 

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R.I.P Jim You will be greatly missed ,condolences to the family. spoke to Jim a couple of times regarding my car, his help was awesome ,can't thank him enough. Godspeed my FRIEND. GRANDE UOMO. CIAO
 

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That's sad. I never met him, only knew him through his contributions here. I feel for his wife and family, you can never be truly prepared for this, enjoy your cries and happy memories Mrs. Papajam.
 

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Recently I was asked what do you enjoy most about being a member of your local and national Alfa Club?
Jim and the help he offered is what I now reply to that question.
 

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Shocked and sad is all I can say about how I feel right now. Jim as many have attested to in these posts was a giant of humbleness and caring , never had a bad word to say about anyone. I had lunch with him at the AROC in Detroit but missed him at the AROC in Toronto (I know now why he left early). He was a rare pleasure....a true gentleman ....something that sadly is becoming very rare today. He helped me in many ways...from the wiring diagrams to spare and replacement parts....was always willing to help at anytime....my condolences to his wife...and family. Peace be with you forever Jim.
 

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Still hard to believe.

A great guy and a class act. A huge loss to the Alfa community, obviously, but also a personal loss to many. Even if
you didn't know Jim personally, it's easy to get a feel for how well loved he was by so many.

Sigh.

RIP Jim.

bs
 

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I'm still reeling from getting the message off-board a couple of days ago.

Last time Jim and I talked on the phone, he gave me a sense that his health was reasonably stable, with a chance of getting better -- so, at the end of the call, I didn't expect at all that this would in fact be our last conversation, which was, as usual, much longer than we both anticipated because we had so many different topics to talk about.

My condolences to Jaci, family and friends. We lost a great one. I'll miss him a lot.
 

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An immense loss.
His wiring diagrams were masterpieces.
He generously helped me with data and diagrams over the years.
In his respect and for the sake of decency, we should always acknowledge him when sharing any of his invaluable work or advice.
RIP Jim.

Ralph
 
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