I remember working as a letter carrier (mailman) with Jim back in the 1980s in East Toledo, where we both grew up. He was fresh out of the US Navy and he joined his brother Joe, also a friend of mine and also a navy vet, in the post office. At first he loved horse racing and always had a current Racing Forum. Later he hooked with with Mr. Hecklinger on Starr Avenue, learning the insurance business. Long before cell phones, he would take care of his customers blending his postal job with insurance, working way over 40 hours per week. He was creating his post - postal retirement job. When he retired from the USPS, he blossomed into the insurance business. He was such a good agent, always caring deeply for his customers, saving them money, advising his peeps on what to buy and what not to buy. When I moved to Sylvania, I lucked into having him as an agent due to the name of the business, Ace. I literally was calling blindly and when he answered, and I realized it was him, I was so happy. He insured my house, car, my kids when they were old enough to drive, and always we met for breakfast a couple times a year. He loved his two boys (now young men) so deeply, volunteering with the Boy Scouts, checking out colleges, etc. He loved his wife so much, sorry my memory of her name has eluded me, and I could always crack him up. He suffered from some joint problems and hated getting older and stuff. I talked to him earlier in the summer and he had taken some time off due to medical issues, but I am just blown out of the water with his passing. Jim is sincerely one of the nicest, truest, honest, and best human beings I have known. Rest In Peace, brother.
- Tom Garey
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