Wow, this is shocking and sad, and has really caught most of us off guard I am sure.
I knew Jim for close to a decade and on a personal level I am just stunned by this news. Like many of us who followed his health struggles in recent years you always thought, "its ok its Jim, he will pull through again"...
What stands out the most for me was his wonderful blind enthusiasm he had for life! If Jim loved something...that was it he was all in. Anyone who talked or corresponded with Jim for any length of time could feel how much he loved his wife, his family (especially his grandchildren), ambient music, this community and all of the friends he made here.
He was a warm thoughtful fellow and he was an open book, he would eagerly talk about his life, his struggles, his convictions, his recovery, his health, his Faith and his triumphs.
In our community, well he simply loved this music unconditionally, he enjoyed and encouraged the naive newcomer and championed them right alongside his favorite old masters with an almost evangelical zeal to anyone who would listen. As musicians, we were all his favorites, he was just that accepting.
Today we lost one of our genre's biggest cheerleaders and enthusiasts and I am deeply saddened. Our world just got a little darker, and heaven a little brighter.
Be at peace Brother!