Many members of NWG Inc will remember Jim as one of the “old hands” who made them welcome. He was smart enough to keep off the committee but no-one helped the committee more than Jim. We think particularly of his support of Jacqui Douglas and Paul Azize in the close-knit group who used to meet at Merrylands Library.
As NWG Inc’s amateur webmaster I found Jim my greatest supporter. He noticed when there was something new, when the site worked better a compliment would be paid. I had a lot of fun helping him set up his blog – he was one of the first NWG Inc writers to do so – and he soon got the hang of it and posted regularly.
Others will have much more to say I’m sure, but my chief memory of Jim is that he was enthusiastic about his own work and simultaneously encouraging and supportive of other writers – a loveable combination. We will miss his poetry, and we’ll miss his good cheer, very much. (Sue Crawford VP NWG Inc)