I was holding him when he died... and a huge piece of me died that day too... July 3, 2006 7:25PM
Please understand that this is hard for me ... but as time goes by I'll
be able to add to this area.
I can only work on it until I get overwhelmed with his loss... I miss him so much.
I have to say I never knew I could hurt so much. Sometimes I can't even breathe.
Bake, this is for you.... "Thanks for ALWAYS being there for
I wrote that on the card I sent him for Father's Day... I found it
opened, on his desk. I hope it made him smile... he collapsed the
This was Jim on the last boat he and Donabea had... after they fixed it all
gave it to me... Just one of the endless things they did to help me out... I worked
on it for another two years, and sold it to help buy my first house.
On the right he's putting a new floor in the boat....
Note the top is still on the
golf cart... so this pic
was taken prior to hurricane Charley, as the top
was ripped off when it flew into the van.
He and Dona drove that cart all over the ranch.
Once I built a lift kit for it, it was able to go all
through the woods in the background.
That damn hat... my uncle always wore those...
it was his trademark... I use to snatch them off
his head... stomp on 'em... then put it back on
his head... He'd always laugh about that.
Didn't matter... we were back on the roof the next day... :)
Below: I burned the white hat in this pic... :) It went on the wood pile....
as he would say: "It's seen better days..." Looking back, I'd give anything to have his hats. I miss him so much.