Bette and I express our sincere condolences on the passing of Jim. He was a dedicated leader for all of us to admire. He dedicated his life to his family and to protecting the many families of his clients and friends. His legacy of providing protection will continue for many generations!
My heart aches to have heard this sudden news...
It was a warm fall day in 1982 and I was shooting baskets alone at an off campus park having just moved to DeKalb, Illinois to attend Northern Illinois University. This guy (who I soon learned went by "Fish") rolled up out of nowhere and made his indelible impression that anyone who had the good fortune of knowing him, knows so well.
Our mutual interests of sports and athletics led to that rare camaraderie and from that moment on, a blessed and lasting friendship despite living on opposite sides of the country.
After many years, just weeks ago we had reconnected and proudly shared grandchildren pictures along with making plans for me to visit Chicago this summer to golf and reminisce. Unfortunately, at no time did he reveal that he was having any health complications. And so it goes for a man with great pride and dignity.
You'll be missed Fish. You are gone way too soon my friend, but will forever be in my thoughts. I just hope God has a place for you, where you can run again. Where you can make jokes with your teammates and then flash that mischievous smile again.
And, of course, my most heartfelt sympathies go out to Kate and family. I am with you in spirit and may God bless you always.
So long Fish. Thanks.
My sincerest condolences to the family. Jim was a great man and enjoyed working with him for many years. Always enjoyed going to the state fair with him and Kate. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him.
We are so very sorry to say goodbye to our dear friend. Katie, Jamie, Amanda and Adam - know that your husband and father will live on in our memories and through all of our stories. He was truly one of the good ones!
While I can’t help but to smile at Jim’s photo and the memories it brings me, at the same time if fills me with sorrow over the passing of my friend who left us way too soon. I am grateful for his friendship, the laughter we shared, how he looked out for me and always had my best interest at heart, how he scared me when he drove “Chicago” style, and the nickname he gave me (Babs), which only “Fish” could get away with. Prayers to Kate and family, may you always feel his love and find comfort in the memories.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
We are saddened to hear about Jim’s passing. So sorry for your loss. Didn’t matter, whatever setting, Fish was a “breath of fresh air”! Always grounded and an unforgettable sense of humor! Fish, you will be missed!
First let me and my family send our prayers to Jimmy's family, I had the opportunity to know Jim since we both were very young, I cannot describe the fun we had growing up together... Sports nut doesn't begin to describe the passion Jimmy had for sports, He was a ferocious competitor at everything he did, He made everything we did fun... I didn't have to see him everyday to know he was my friend but when we did see each other it was just like did... Rest in peace my friend I for sure will miss you...
I am deeply saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I had the pleasure of working with Jim at Allstate and he never disappointed when he would come into the office and inevitably have me laughing at any number of stories he would tell. Though we had a difference in opinions on Chicago baseball teams, you couldn't help but laugh when he would razz the Cubs. My deepest condolences go out to Jim's family, he will be missed.
I knew Jim in high school, but we lost touch after college. He had an infectious laugh and great sense of humor. I bumped into him many years later while working at Allstate. He was so proud of his family. Offering condolences to those he leaves behind. Rest peacefully Jim.
My prayers are with Your entire family. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow. Fish was fun to be around! Both in social and business settings.
So very sorry to hear of Jim passing. Family is in our thoughts and prayers.
I am sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I had the pleasure to work with him for several years at Allstate. Jim had such a kind soul and always had everyone around him laughing. He will be greatly missed.
Sending my deepest condolences to his family.
I had the opportunity and privilege to work alongside Jim (A.K.A. Fish) at both Prudential and in his role at Allstate. I always admired Jim for his directness, honesty and sense of humor. He was one of those bigger than life characters that make you smile when you were in their presence. If you were a friend, Jim ALWAYS had your back and was a phone call away. I have too many wonderful memories to list here but I will be praying for Jim and his loving family. Rest in HIS peace!
So very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Had the privilege to work with Jim for several years. He always entered a room with a smile and brought happiness into each meeting. I can not recall a conversation where we did not share a laugh about something. Jim will be greatly missed.
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.