A Man of Generosity – by Brad Rhame
My Uncle Jim, who recently passed away was a man of generosity. There isn’t a person who knows the name Jim Pritchard, who doesn’t realize how successful he was. I will never know how many people he helped…but I will know that I was one of them. He not only gave to me financially, but through his wisdom and generosity too.
I can’t begin to thank him enough for the words of wisdom he gave me on business. He also showed me what it meant to be generous to others. There have been so many people tell of the stories of his kindness. Those who knew him will remember him for years to come. They will share memories and moments of his laughter and sincerity.
When others mention Jim Pritchard or “JP” as he was often called, they will remember a man who didn’t horde his financial success, but shared with all those around. He taught us how to make others feel special. And this all came from a man who had a “C” average in high school and never pursued a college degree. A man who succeeded in ways that others will only dream about.
His success was not built on luck or family inheritance, but on the one thing that matters most…and that was people. He taught us that it was about relationships and that is for what he will be remembered. I will never be able to thank him enough for the acts of kindness and neither will those who knew him.
What I pass on to others from the lessons of his life are these:
- Life is short
- Give generously
- Treat people well
- Make people remember you
- Love people
- Cry with those you love
- Meet new people
- Share memories
- Laugh often
- Mean what you say
- Go BIG or go home
- True riches are in relationships
And if you never met Jim Pritchard, I know you would have liked him and probably even loved him.
Thank you Uncle Jim for being a man of generosity.
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A most honorable tribute!
Thank you Stephen. I hope to be remembered in much the same way when my passing comes.
What a sweet tribute to your Uncle! Thank you for sharing such great reminders from the life Jim lived! Love you cuz!