Tuesday, October 13, 2015

In Memory of Jim West

In Memory of Jim West

It is with immeasurable sadness in our hearts that we share the news that Jim West suddenly and unexpectedly passed away of a heart attack in the early morning of Monday, October 12th. Although the news started spreading by Monday afternoon, and many have already posted about Jim's passing to their regional groups, we did want to take the time to make an official announcement.

Jim West was our faithful and fearless NAN Registrar from 2011 to 2015, as well as a local treasure in his home Region 3. Jim was one of the hobby's most dedicated volunteers, spending countless hours working with the NAN Committee, verifying NAN entries and cards, answering entrant questions, compiling results, and more. No matter the tireless (and sometimes thankless) hours, Jim always had a wicked sense of humor and a fun-loving attitude.

Jim was best known for being not only kind, charming, witty, and fiercely intelligent, but also as the king of all things geeky. He loved astronomy, computer programming, wearing kilts, building intricate LEGO creations, and everything Sci-Fi. His enthusiasm for the model horse hobby was inspired by his girlfriend, Vicky Kitzman, and wanting to share in her passion. Over the years, Jim collected a model horse herd of his own, featuring blue decorator models. In addition to Vicky, Jim is survived by his three children, Kyle, Adam, and Hannah, all of whom he loved dearly. He also leaves in his absence a hobby community in mourning, and countless friends who will miss him terribly.

Our hearts go out to Jim's family and friends.

In Loving Memory
Jim West
April 8, 1962 - October 12, 2015

As Jim would say:
Clear Skies. 

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