February 18, 2018

A SPECIAL JIM


Left to Right: 2008, George, Dr. Jim, and Jim O’D.

I almost hung up the phone.  There was a tentative voice asking for Mage or George…they only do that when they are selling things.  After a pause, I said yes, I was Mage.  She was Jim O’Donnel’s niece, she told me.  He had died the first part of this month.  He had died of a heart attack in the same hospital and in the same ICU as Poolie.  We hadn’t known.

He was a very private man.  Probably he would object to my posting his picture here.  He was a much appreciated friend.  We had dinner several times a year after he retired.  We had lunches.  Christmas parades and Christmas’s here.  We saw him not often but regularly for a great many years.

Initially we met him through our friend Duck.  After Duck’s death, he stayed with us…part time, but with us.  We will be going to his ceremony at the first of next Month.
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  • Himself:  He’s doing well.  Dragged me out into a new milieu in Hillcrest to see “The Darkest Hour.” We had a lot of fun out in the world window shopping, and watching people too. The valet parking guy who backed cars down a busy street into oncoming traffic really made us laugh.  Popcorn at the movies too.  The giddiness of it all.
  • Me, myself, and I:  Health:  Improved all day until I was almost normal last night, and I feel like myself again this morning.
  • Reading:  Just started “His Right Hand” by Harrison.
  • Gratitude’s:  That G and I have been blessed with friends like these.


8 comments:

  1. So sorrt to hear of the loss of your good friend.

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  2. It's those calls from nieces, nephews, grandchildren! They were raised properly, to remember we old farts want to know. How sad for them.

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    1. And she didn't have all the phone numbers or names either. Unfortunately, I did. I've always been the record keeper.

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  3. Many losses for you.

    You have friends with interesting names: Duck, Poolie.

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  4. I am sorry about the loss of your friend, Mage. You’ve had a number of losses recently!

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  5. Jim was a kind and gentle soul. He will be missed.

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  6. Too many friends are leaving. So sorry you lost yet another one.
    Glad however at your improvement health wise. Keep it going.

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What a delight to get a note from you. Thanks for leaving one.

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