Jim passed away this morning, Sunday, December 11th, 2011 at 4AM. Macela & I, sisters Jody & Rita, brother & wife Mickey & Joni, niece & nephew Aimee and Zack were with him and holding his hands through his transition from this life to the next.
I am so sorry for your loss. I woke up this morning at just prior to 4:00 and could not get Jim off my mind. When I think of Jim, I think of integrity. He was the most loyal and faithful man that I have ever worked with. Jim kept his word and stood by my side through the most difficult time in my life, the drawn out demise of my events business. We were in a position that we had to produce the final events knowing that there was no way to financially succeed. When I asked Jim if he was going bail out before the final events, he said “Reidenbaugh, I gave you my word that I would do this, and it ain’t over till it’s over”. I personally could not have survived all of this without Jim’s support. I remain forever grateful.
Jim was so good at managing the people in the business. He would inspire everyone to succeed and hold them accountable. He was tough enough to stand firm, yet so caring and compassionate with everyone. Barbie, what I will always remember most about Jim is his love for you and your family. He always spoke so highly of you, Macaela and Angie. He was so proud of his family and would light up every time he spoke of you.