Random Thoughts

Memories of fine gentleman

... notes from his compatriot SilverStringer friends

Melrose shares its grief

Some of these are the messages from SilverStringers that were posted in the guest book at Gatelys - please add your comments and tributes about your memories of a great, loving and funny man.
Kay

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So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a great guy. I worked with him at John Hancock and knew he and his family since childhood. I went to St Mary's with his sister Jean and the many other Driscolls. Jim will be greatly missed.

John Murphy  
Dec 24, 2010
Clearwater, FL

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My heartfelt sympathy to Jim's family. We have all lost a wonderful person and a loving man. Jim Driscoll was a gentleman. A man who could get people to volunteer their time and their money to the Senior center, the Council On Aging and the Melrose Mirror. He had a wonderful smile and a strong hand grip; he was a gentle man. He will be greatly missed.

Shirley Rabb  

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I knew Jim primarily as a fellow member of the Melrose Mirror SilverStringers. Jim was always kind, helpful, acting as an Editor up to the last month of his life. His efforts as a fund-raiser for many projects, especially benefitting senior citizens, were legendary. Shirley and I will miss him.

John Averell

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Jim and I were classmates (MHS'42). It was a big class and I knew him only casually, but I remember he had the tallest head of hair of any boy in school. It was years later when, because of his organizing talents and efforts for MHS reunions, we became reacquainted. I attended many of those reunions through the years and on occasion offered a little input.

We shared a common Navy experience and I enjoyed reading his recollections of service in the Mediterranean Sea area of operations. I was knocking around the area at the same time during those years. If only we had cell phones we could have been in touch. And it was Jim who introduced me to the Melrose Mirror in 2002, allowing me to enjoy making a small contribution to it over the years since.

His efforts in the Melrose community are legion and are well known to all. Suffice it to say -- You did good Jim.

Jerry Norton   

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I met Jim when I became a member of the Silver Stringers. He was a warm and friendly gentleman. You knew when you first met him that you'd really like him. Whenever he smiled there was a twinkle in his eyes. He will be greatly missed.

Florence Shea    

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After long years of friendship and working together for the success of The Mirror, Jim and I ended up in adjacent rooms at Lahey Clinic. We laughed, and joked. I survived, my friend didn't. The world will be less without him.

Don Norris

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It was Jim Driscoll's kind encouragement during a one time meeting that encouraged me to submit some articles to the Melrose Mirror. To me he symbolizes the best of America's "Greatest Generation".

Carole P. Tate

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January 7, 2011


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