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I have only recently learned of Jim's passing. I hadn't seen him in may years, as life changed and there was less contact.
I am so very, very sorry to hear this.Jim was a sweet, extremely funny man.
His heart was big and he was a crack up to be around. Pragmatic and smart.
Wagon master on many motorcycle rides, He was a friend in another life. My heart hurts.
Rest in Peace, Jim. Thank you for being my friend in this lifetime. Until we meet again in the next.
Kevin and I were so sad to learn of Jim's passing. He was our next door neighbor for many years before he and Donna moved north. A good neighbor is a beautiful thing and Jim (and Donna too) was a great one so we were very sorry to see them go. Jim was the kind of neighbor that would drop everything to help you out if you needed it. My favorite story was how Jim helped out one day when we were chatting about this and that. I mentioned that we were bothered by the bright light shining into our bedroom from the condo parking lot behind our houses. The light stood on a pole 25 feet high in the air so we couldn't figure out how to get to it to do anything about it. Jim knew right away how to help with that problem. He got some black spray paint, drove his PG&E truck to the parking lot, used the lift to get up to the light, and painted the back part of the light that faced our house. Thanks Jim! We still appreciate it! Of course, there are many more such stories, and I know that Jim touched the lives of everyone he met in similar ways. He will be missed.
Donna and family,
Sending my deepest sympathy for your loss.
You both were the most wonderful friends and neighbors that I have missed so much.
Sharing your sadness, as Jim was a Wonderful, Fun and Great person.
Im so sorry. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Donna, I hold you on my heart during this very difficult time. Loosing a partner, your love, your best friend is the hardest thing to endour. May you find peace, and be surrounded in love and support.
My friendship with Jim Murgatroyd began in 1977 when he was a customer of mine at a VW parts shop in Marin County. Jim was working on his VW bus he proudly named “Irving” who was very ‘parts needy’ making them both excellent customers. We quickly formed a friendship and I remember going with Jim & Irving on ‘fox hunts’ with his CB radio club, where you could see his thrill of ‘the hunt’ even though the prizes were pretty dumb.
Jim broke me into motorcycles and when I purchased my first ‘Road Bike’ we were off on many great adventures. With Jim I soon discovered that everything was meticulously planned, including when we were to leave, what roads and detours we would take, when we should arrive at our destination, and where we were going to eat.
Jim invited me on my first ‘One Thousand and One’ road trip. We met at ‘zero dark thirty’ at Jim’s Kelseyville house where Jim’s brother Kenny and their friend Bob were waiting to depart as I strolled in a bit late. We stopped in Redding where I found it necessary to visit several drug stores to get a few rolls of special 35mm film and finally at the 3rd stop Jim explained that we were ‘off schedule’. As we left Redding Mt Shasta soon appeared all majestic and we stopped at a special over pass where Jim knew to ‘take in the best view’. I was still taking too long with photos and was prodded to mount and get going. Finally, we made it to the 500 mile mark where Jim had a special restaurant in mind, of course. At dinner I asked where we were going to sleep that night and Jim, as patiently as he could restrain himself to be, explained what a ‘1000 in 1’ was:
Drive 500 miles north on highway 5 into Oregon, stopping only to eat, then drive back 500 miles to Kelseyville in less than 24 hours.
I finally got it.
Jim always had a special road to take and special features to share like ‘one lane bridges’ along the Russian River and the same near Lake Nicasio Reservoir. There were special trips like the one he took me on between Ferndale, through Petrolia and back to Hwy 101 that a person, maybe you, would have to try at least once in your life, but probably not twice!
Jim and I developed a few similarities in our lives. He got married and a few years later so did I. He had a Honda Goldwing and then I bought one. He got a Honda Accord and I got a Honda Coupe. He got two sons and a daughter, I got two girls and a son. He got divorced, then oops I followed a bit afterwards.
Jim greatly affected many lives as well as mine. In 1983 Jim invited me to a bachelor party at Gilardi’s Lakeville Marina where a friend of his had a bachelor party which resulted in me purchasing a cool bachelor pad on the river there. I never would have had that opportunity had I not known Jim.
I will miss him dearly even though in recent years I saw him less. There was comfort in knowing that he was around and planning his next adventure with Donna, his children or maybe with many of his other friends, possibly you.
Jim, I will miss your sayings like “Keep the sunny side up and the rubber side down” as I will miss you repeatedly reminding me when I was living south of you not to say “I’m coming down to visit”. I think of you still each time before incorrectly using that expression.
Someday we will all be up to see you and until then let’s all
Keep the sunny side up in Jim's memory!
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