I'm sure Jim inspired many kids and adults over his lifetime based on his career as a teacher, mentor and all around great person. Jim first inspired me when I was about 13 years old as a Hall Dale Jr. High basketball player. Since I was close friend of Jim's youngest brother, Glenn, had a passion for basketball AND my dad was the high school principal, I rarely missed a Bulldog varsity game. In my first memories of high school basketball I remember Jim hustling up and down the court, hitting the mid range jumper and constantly "pounding the boards" at both ends of the court. He was the epitome of hard work and hustle and a key cog to the success of that team. I learned by watchng Jim that it took hard work on the court to be successful and always kept that in mind as I continued to play through high school and later in life in whatever I did.
Over the past several years I did not see Jim often, but when I did he ALWAYS greeted me with a big beaming smile and would take time to ask questions about me and my family. One thing Jim always thought was great and appreciated was how me and his little bro had remained best friends since elementary school. He thought that was so cool and I'm sure that's because Jim cherised good friendships and was happy for us. It's just the kind of guy Jim was. The town of Hallowell has lost one of the good guys. We will miss you JIm. Thanks for the inspiration.