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We received the following e-mail this morning:
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 will keep you posted as to the funeral arrangements.
While we have met many wonderful people in the great world of barbeque, Jim Monihan stood out in the crowd. It wasn't because of his eye-patch or the very colorful shirts he wore. No, it was simply because Jim always seemed to be having the time of his life no matter what he was doing. It was his attitude that made him special.
We first met Jim at a contest in Fairfield, CA in August 2009. Jim was serving as one of the three KCBS Contest Reps that weekend and we immediately hit it off. His passion for people was contagious and he seemed to have an uncanny ability to bring smiles to the faces of anyone around him.
Our favorite memory of Jim is from the Summer of 2010. Jim was serving as the contest organizer of the inaugural Boise Music Festival in Boise, ID and we had decided to make the trip up from Phoenix to compete at his event. The venue there, Ann Morrison Park, is fantastic and on the bank of the Boise River. Jim knew that the kids enjoyed fishing and when we arrived at the contest site on Friday morning he had a surprise for them. Jim gave the kids poles and a full box of lures that he knew from first hand experience would work on the fish swimming in the river. As you can imagine, they spent every possible minute at the river fishing and having a ball. Of all the contests the kids have been to over the years, that weekend in Boise is one of their favorites thanks to Jim's kindness and generosity.
In truth, we only saw Jim a handful of times, the last one being again this past summer in Boise. When we heard last week that Jim was in hospice, it was a shock and the news of his passing this morning saddens us deeply. We can only imagine the loss being felt by those who were fortunate to be in his family and in his closest circle of friends.
Thank you, Jim, for your warmth, your kindness, your humor and, most of all, for just being one of the best people we've ever known.
Vince and Alexa - Rhythm 'n QUE
(or as he had us in his e-mail contact list:)
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