Several years ago, Jim was in a serious auto accident that left him with many lasting injuries. He continued to work but eventually those injuries led to life in a wheelchair and permanent disability. He lived a simple life on limited funds but he never let that - or the pain of his injuries - dampen his joy of life. He enjoyed music (he had a beautiful singing voice), politics (he loved a rousing political discussion), cooking (Eggs Benedict were his specialty), humor (he remembered every joke he'd ever been told), football (he was an avid - and vocal - supporter of his hometown Watervliet (MI) Panthers , his beloved Florida State Seminoles (he was a proud FSU Grad), and our dad's Michigan Wolverines. He was a lifelong Cubs fan and I'm so grateful he lived long enough to see them bring home the World Series trophy. He loved his family and we love him. His passing has left a huge void in our lives.
Two months ago, Jim collapsed and was taken to the hospital. He never returned home. In the early hours of August 30th, Jim took his final breath, waiting until those of us who hadn't left his side fell asleep. That was Jim; putting others before himself until the very end.
Jim lived on a monthly Social Security disability payment that barely covered the necessities. I've started this fund to help with the medical bills that have mounted over the past two months as well as final expenses. Any excess funds will be used to help Jim's family. We deeply appreciate any donation, however large or small.
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