I knew that Jim was not feeling well since he shared this with me in a note on June 12, 2010:
I’m afraid I have some bad news that will not only prohibit me from posting all that much at WasWatching, but from commenting much as well. This past Wednesday morning I was rushed to the hospital after passing out at daily Mass. I was kept there for a few days for tests and observation and—well—I have cancer. And I have it quite bad. So bad that they cannot operate to remove the growth in my lung, but will need to submit me to a regimen of radiation and chemo therapy. I start treatment next week.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to give you some better news down the line.
Jim and I kept in touch after that note and he seemed to be doing better. And, he was back to leaving comments here at the blog. But, then, on May 18, 2011, he sent me this update:
Are things back to normal for me? I can’t say. I’m back on my feet. I’m back to work. So that is normal enough I suppose. But I still have (and will always have) health issues. A few weeks ago I passed out during Mass and was rushed to the ER. The priest even gave me the Anointing and absolved me of all my sins. So apparently they thought it was quite serious. For my part I don’t know. I’ll just take each day as it comes, or as they say, “one game at a time.”
Yet, we continued to see Jim here. So, I figured that he was hanging in there.
Recently, to me, it felt like it had been a while since I saw anything from Jim. So, I checked, and saw that we had not heard from him since May.
That led me to find out today that he passed away on June 1st this year.
I never met Jim in person. And, I never spoke to him on the phone or elsewhere. Most of my dealings with him were via this blog or an occasional email. But, in my exchanges with him, it seemed like he was a really good guy. And, for sure, he was a huge Yankees fan.
Fifty-six is too young to die. And, I am very sad to share this belated news on his passing with you.