Sunday, September 10, 2006

James "Jimmy" Audiffred - Let the Light Shine

James Audiffred poses in front of one of the many lighthouses he loved to research
Have you seen the beautiful quilt square that was made in memory of Jimmy? It seems only befitting the quilter chose a lighthouse. Most likely a Maine lighthouse since Jimmy studied Maine lighthouses history and architecture.

According to an article in The New York Times, in July 2001 he packed his wife, son and sister-in-law's family up into a minivan and took them to visit the Cape Elizabeth Light, one of the top 25 lighthouses. Even when his niece declared their endless poses for Jimmy's pictures was a "little boring," his wife Robin, said he didn't care because he was having too much fun.

Jimmy wearing a shirt with his favorite subject on the front - a lighthouseFriends and co-workers remember Jimmy as someone who was a "great guy to be around" and kept his friends laughing, making the time go by quickly. His sister, Dolly, fondly refers to him as their Lighthouse Keeper in Heaven. Miguel of Bronx had known Jimmy as a child but who had fallen out of touch with him when they "grew up." It wasn't until shortly before the attack when Miguel learned how close Jimmy was to where he had moved and was looking for him when he discovered Jimmy had died. Thankfully he has his memories of their childhood together.

Reading through the many guestbook entries that cover the Web like a warm blanket, it is obvious Jimmy was loved deeply by all whom came in contact with him. He made people laugh and enjoyed their company completely. Surely he is learning many jokes to share with us when we join him some day in heaven, until then, when you light a candle for this beautiful man in his memory, make certain it's one that commemorates his love of lighthouses, too. Maine lighthouses. Of course, the second best thing would to be celebrate his life with a good live Maine lobster.

God bless you, James "Jimmy" Audiffred, and your family who loves and misses you very much.

This tribute is part of the 2,996 project. To read other tributes and learn more about this incredible project, please visit

Our family has also remembered: Frederick Kuo Jr. and Francis Nazario as well as here, also Juan Salas.

Can you help? Some of the 2,996 victims don't have tributes or the ones posted were missing so much, it would be a disservice to their memory, family and friends if one wasn't posted that truly honored them. For a list of these individuals and more info, please go to: and click on "Remembering The Forgotten".

Please pass the candle by sharing other tributes while leaving kind words in the comments of blogs paying tribute to the 2,996 lost on September 11th.

Are you a friend or family member of James Audiffred? Care to share a story about this man and the life he enjoyed before his untimely departure? Please do by adding a comment below.


Blogger Heather said...

I will never look at a lighthouse the same...thanks so much for sharing Jimmy with me.

I remember Steven Hagis

12:48 PM  
Blogger kateandjona said...

I love lighthouses too! I'm going to visit every Michigan lighthouse before I graduate from high school.

I wish I had known Jimmy. You did a great job of capturing him in your tribute.

Jonathon's Closet remembers Robert Levine.

8:14 AM  
Blogger gordaboo said...

Thank you for your tribute to Jimmy. I now have a face for a name thru your words and picutres of him.

We will never forget.

I remember Lisa Egan

11:00 PM  
Anonymous liz said...

What a beautiful tribute. Thank you for your comment about Vanessa.

3:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this, and visiting my site to honor Gregory Joseph Buck. Skip Conover

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Andy said...

Well spoken. It is wonderful to learn some of the little details about the individuals who died on September 11th.

8:08 PM  

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