Posts by family members.

Pictures from the ride!

First and foremost, Thank you Terry for putting this together! and thanks to Rick for cooking (slaving over a hot grill) and a big thanks to all who attended or donated!

Here’s the first few pictures from today’s “Ride for Jimi 2009”

I’ll keep adding them as I get them!

Please look at the links on the left and you’ll find Terry’s picture gallery also 🙂 (He’s added these pictures there also)
































































Easter 2008 posted for Dee

Hello, I am Jimi’s friend Dee from Our Lady of the Woods Church and here is just one of our stories.

This took place Easter 2008.  We had a morning rehearsal on Holy Saturday.  We practiced and when we finished we were hungry.  We went to our usual restaurant and shared a reuben sandwich.  We each had a bowl of their wonderful bean with ham soup.  Not thinking about the activity this causes in our bodies, we finished and left the restaurant and went home.  That evening was our Easter Vigil Mass at church, so we went back early to practice before the vigil started.  All of the sudden the soup hit both of us.  We looked at each other and started to laugh.  The lunch was beginning to work and we weren’t feeling so good.  He asked me if I had anything for gas.  I said no.  He said “I have something in the car”.  He ran out and got whatever it was and we shared it.  It worked for about t 20 minutes.  Then we started laughing and could not stop.  We went into the church with the rest of the choir, and I don’t remember too much about the Mass.  I was so miserable and so was he.  He said “at the sign of peace, don’t hug me too hard, if you do, I will blow the organ right through the wall!”  Try to sing an Easter song after that!!!!  Then he said “I’m not sitting in this chair tomorrow morning.”  He was the most fun of any person I have ever known.  We had more laughs than we probably should have (especially in church).

Jim was one of the most faithful, friendly, warm, concerned and passionate people I will ever have the pleasure of meeting.  He was very reverent when he prayed to his Lord.  He loved his Lord. 

Jim was real, what you saw is what you got.  He didn’t try to be someone or something that he wasn’t.  Meijers was good enough for Jim.  It was his favorite store. 

He brought sunshine into a room and like his memorial card says, when we feel the warmth of the sun, it will be him there with you for the rest of your days.

I hope you can feel him in your heart like I do.  I will never be without him again.  What a great person and wonderful friend.

If Tomorrow Starts Without Me

If tomorrow starts without me, And I’m not there to see,

If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me.

I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way did today,

While thinking of the things we didn’t get say.

I know how much you love me, As much as I love you,

And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too;

But when tomorrow starts without me, Please try to understand,

That an angel came and called my name, And took me by the hand.

And said my place was ready, In heaven far above,

And that  I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away, A tear fell from my eye.

for all my life, I’d always thought, I didn’t want to die.

I had so much to live for, So much left to do,

It seemed almost impossible, That  I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays, The good and the bad,

The thought of all  the love we shared, And all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday, Just even for a while,

I’d say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized, That this could never be,

For emptiness and memories, Would take the place of me.

And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss come tomorrow,

I thought of you, and when I did, My heart filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through Heaven’s gates, I felt so much at home.

When God looked down and smiled at me, From His great golden throne.

He said, “this is eternity, And all I’ve promised you.”

Today your on earth is past, But here life starts anew.

I promise no tomorrow, But today will always last,

And since each day’s the same way There’s no longing for the past.

You have been so faithful, So trusting and so true,

Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn’t do.

But you have been forgiven and now at last you’re free.

So won’t you come and take my hand and share my life with me?

So when tomorrow starts without me, Don’t think we’re far apart, 

For every time you think of me, I’m right here, in your heart.

                                 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU JIMI

                                                      Love Wilma

I know

I know that there are allot of people looking at this site but not allot of people writing on it………… Please? Write and tell us your stories, They make us smile 🙂


Motorcycle ride and B-B-Q – Updated! and again

There will be a motorcycle ride in Jimi’s honor on Saturday September 26. It will start (If you ride) at Auto Alliance (where he worked) and end at Lake Erie Metro park. There is a $4.00 entrance fee to the park and we’ll be asking for small donations. The B-B-Q/Picnic is Pot Luck so please bring a dish to pass if you can. I don’t have the times or the route yet but as soon as I do (before the end of the week), I’ll post it here.


From Terry:

Meet AAI at 11:00am with kickstands up at 11:45. Everyone else meet at the Lake Erie Metro Park at 1:00.

More to come!

Here’s the email that I sent out just in case I missed anyone (Like I’d do that)

Well, I'm sure I've missed someone......but I hope not....
Here's the scoop:
Saturday September 26th there will be a motorcycle ride and picnic in
Jimi's honor, this is being done by the Michigan Patriot Guard riders
and more specifically Terry Alvarez.
The Ride will start at the Auto Alliance plant  Vreeland Road entrance.
The west entrance which of the 2 it is the entrance that is farthest
away from the rt.75 overpass on Vreeland Road. 11:00 am staging,
Kickstands up at 11:45 am for those who ride.
The picnic will be at Lake Erie Metro park and I have reserved the "Blue
Hereon" pavilion starting at 11:00 for those who don't ride.
The address for the park is 32481 W. Jefferson Brownstown MI. 48173
(there is a $4.00 per vehicle entrance fee into the park).

The picnic is a "Bring a dish to pass" event so please do so. Willie and
I will be going to Costco and getting a bunch of burgers and dogs and
maybe some bottled water for the crowd.  If anyone wants to volunteer to
grill or to bring something extra  please respond to me and I'll make a
list and email it out.
If the weather is warm enough there is a wave pool at the park that the
kids may enjoy, other than that please feel free to bring other outdoor
things to play like volley ball, etc.....
Oh yea there may be a "Pass the hat" type donation which we plan on
donating all of the profits to the Patriot guard to disperse but it is
just a maybe at this point.
I'm sure I've forgotten things as I tend to be a bit scattered lately,
If there's info that I missed I'll re-email


Pictures again!

Family and friends, If you have pictures with Jimi in them and you want them included on the DVD I’m making please get them to me as soon as possible. I’ve started making slide shows already. Also you can request a copy of the DVD as well, send pictures and requests to:


Jimi’s friends at AAI

I’d like to thank Jimi’s friends at Auto Alliance for all of the support they have given us. I’d especially like to thank those who pass along the info to the people in the plant for us. If any of you have questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to call, email or post them here!


Memorial Service

Tonight (June 23rd) there was a memorial service in honor of Jimi at his church “Our Lady of the Woods”.

I’d like to thank each and every person that was there to share it with us and I’d like to thank Dee especially for making it all happen.

The choir was outstanding as was the entire service.

I do hope that the choir is able to replace the missing voice and I know that they can never replace Jimi.



I am in the process of making a DVD of pictures, If you have any pictures that you’d like to be included just email them to me at

Comments about the pictures will help too!


P.S. Friends send your pictures too!!!


This was another day at Karate (Maison Martial Arts). Jimi and his Sensi/Nephew David were doing punches down the floor. David had some pads on his hand thinking that Uncle Jimi would break his hand by punching it. When they were by the wall David moved and instead of Uncle Jimi breaking Davids hand he dented the wall! After that Jimi took a pen and autographed the wall with his Signiture.  I think David was thinking thank you for these pads.

 Thats the story ” DANG IT, HE DENTED THE WALL!”

 God Bless Uncle Jimi! You will truley be missed!