Giggle On! is dedicated to my friend Jim.
Jim had his share of troubles but he also loved to be silly. He had an infectious smile and he enjoyed making his friends laugh. He often offered support to his friends when we were feeling down.
In One Life Lost, One Life Saved,I said that the shock of Jim’s passing was a wake up call for me. His death actually saved my life.
In March 2009, the News Journal of Delaware featured an article about me and my friendship with Jim and how I made use of my grief after his death. To read the article click my story (pdf version takes a few moments to load, be patient) and if you are interested, check out the responses I received from around the globe.
This site is a reflection of what Jim tried to accomplish while he was alive – that is – spreading love, laughter and happiness to everyone he met. This site honors his memory, his life and our friendship.
I would like to thank Brother Ronald Giannone of Sacred Heart Oratory for blessing Jim’s home after his death. In the Spirit of St. Francis, please accept my deepest thanks!
Jim’s obituary is below. It reflects but a small portion of his life but in these words (written by his closest friends, myself included) we tried to honor him. I miss you buddy!
James Karl Thompson “Jim”
Age 35 of Wilmington, DE left this world to be with his Maker on Friday, October 7, 2005.
Born in Ohio, he moved with his family to New Jersey where he lived until 1995.
He came to Wilmington and made many friends while staying at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. He trained as an iron worker and worked out of the Iron Workers Local # 451 until his sudden death.
Jim purchased a 100-year old shell of a house in 2002, and spent much of his free time renovating it. He was passionate about maintaining the historical and architectural integrity, and did most of the work himself – including removing doorways, relocating the bath, upgrading electricity, installing molding and drywall, designing the kitchen, laying bricks and tile, and building a deck. Jim was in the process of painting the exterior five different colors. He participated in the Trinity Vicinity House Tour in September where his multitude of skills won much praise.
Jim could fix anything and would help anybody, stopping work on his own projects to repair theirs. He helped neighbors with broken pipes, leaking roofs, falling drywall and dead car batteries. He installed appliances, hauled the old ones away, repaired broken doors and ran electrical wired for his friends. But all this does not compare to how he made people feel when he was around. His quick smile and friendliness made people feel important and appreciated. While gladly giving of himself, Jim never asked for anything in return. He was a gentleman, and a wonderful friend. He is greatly missed.
In addition to the many friends, Jim also leaves, his father James E. Thompson of Michigan; his mother Pauline Thompson of Cleveland, Ohio; and his sister, Jane Zmarzly and two nieces, Casey and Haley, and two nephews, Samuel and Tucker of Conneaut, Ohio.
Friends may call on the family Friday, October 14 at 1:00 PM at Doherty’s Funeral Home, 1900 Delaware Avenue. A celebration of Jim’s life will begin at 2:00 PM. Friends are encouraged to share their memories and photos of Jim with his family and other friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center at 107 South Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801.
I miss you buddy!