In Memoriam: magic111

Jim — known on FlyerTalk as magic111 — enjoys a hamburger at La Bonne Soupe in New York on June 3, 2011. Photograph ©2011 by Brian Cohen.

It is painful for me to announce the sudden and unexpected departure of magic111, who was a friend and colleague of mine — and I join the rest of the world of shocked and saddened frequent fliers in mourning and honoring this truly great man.

Jim reportedly had a heart attack while running last night, and he never recovered from it.

I would not exactly say I was best friends with Jim. However, like many other FlyerTalk members, I have quite a few memories with both him and his wife Jerrie — taking photographs around Venice with Jerrie back in 2004, riding the train with Jim in the morning from the airport to a meeting in downtown Seattle in 2009, and having lunch with him at Katz’s Deli in New York just this past June after we both participated in the 2011 Brooklyn Reality Tour. Those are just some of the memories I personally have of Jim. I last saw Jim in Boston this past September.

Jim was a gentle and kind man — always ready to strike up a conversation, even if the conversation had no topic. He always took the time to listen to what I — or anyone else, for that matter — had to say. I truly enjoyed his company, and only wish I could experience being with him yet again.

As a moderator on FlyerTalk and as a sports referee, Jim was also a fair man. He always attempted — usually with aplomb and success — to ensure that all parties involved in a dispute were treated fairly and respectfully.

Jim almost always had a smile on his face that was infectious. It was difficult to feel sad or angry around him. I guess it was because he had a unique perspective on seeing the brighter, more positive side of life that spread to others around him. He was truly young at heart, with a sense of humor and a playful side to him that was impossible to ignore.

I am going to miss that smile. I already miss his company.

Jim, may you find eternal peace after having unexpectedly embarked on your final journey. Thank you for the memories we shared and for accepting me as a part of your life. You will never be forgotten.

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  • bconver at 1:11pm February 22, 2012

    Jim was an amazing moderator and a fantastic contributor. He will be missed greatly…

  • RogueViator at 3:47pm February 22, 2012

    My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

    Requiem aeternam dona eis, lux perpetua luceat eis Requiescant in pace.

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