When I was working at the Harwich Post Office some 20 years ago I reconnected with Jim. He would stop at the office every day in his Canteen Truck and I often got Breakfast or Lunch and had a chance to talk to him almost every day for a while. I remember going back to our days playing Pop Warner Football together in 7th and 8th Grade. Great memories we talked about in those days. I did not know he had passed.
How many years, how many concerts or rehearsals, how many shows and how many times did Johnny and I get together at each other's houses from Grade School until the week before his passing to play our Trumpets together. We sat side by side in so many different music settings from School Bands to Town bands, Local theater productions, Conservatory Groups for it seemed like forever. I think of him every time I pick up his Flugelhorn (for those who don't know it's a Trumpet-Like instrument, looks like a fat trumpet, made famous by Chuck Mangeone) I got my hands on it shortly after John passed and it holds much sentimental value to me. I visit his gravesite every year on Memorial Day along with the gravesites of other classmates buried in Ancient Cemetary in Y-Port. I go there every Memorial Day as my Parents are intered there also as a Tribute to my Dad who I accompanied there evey Memorial Day for most of my life till Dad passed in 1976. He was a member of the American Legion and we went to the Yarmouth ceremony there every year. John and I marched in the Memorial Day parade from Middle School through High School so he is a part of my Memorial Day Tradition for that reason also. As I said I think of him often when I play and he is still missed!