Always a fighter, this was Jim’s second battle with cancer, bravely beating AML leukemia, which went into full remission for nearly 10 years before coming back with a vengeance.
If you’ve met Jim, you likely instantly knew that you found a friend for life in him. He’s touched countless lives with his larger-than-life smile and ability to form unbreakable bonds with those close to him. Passionate, loving, and gentle he had an unmistakable compassionate strength. His unwavering faith and intense will carried him through the darkest times in his life, maintaining the same kind nature and sense of humor despite them.
Jim’s number one goal in life was to be a good dad—coaching games, going to meets, and doing everything he could to support his children, running alongside them as they pursued their passions. Jim loved his family, extended family included. (We know that everyone here probably has a hilarious story to share.) His love wasn’t limited to family, either: Jim’s maintained many long-term friendships, bringing joy, good laughs, and an element of adventure into those friendships for many years.
He knew how to work hard but play harder. In his spare time, you could often find him doing work around the house or taking a ride on his Harley.
Jim leaves behind three amazing children, aged 20, 19, and 13. The funds raised in this campaign will go towards their schooling—one is at West Chester University, one is at the University of Pitt, and one still a little ways to go.
Thanks for stopping by, for contributing, and being a part of Jim’s life. If you leave a donation, leave a story as well. We’d love to read them.
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