Jim was one of those quiet people who had a big impact

Thank you for mentioning the passing of Jim Dubois (“Rest in peace gents” by Paul Rudan, May 27) – one of those quiet, unassuming people who through their actions have an immeasurable impact on those who know him.

I am so grateful to have known him these past three years – as a premiere, nature photographer “with the patience of a corpse” who generously shared his spectacular, candid nature photographs and videos, often accompanied by amusing anecdotes, through a large e-mail list.

His photos were free to anyone using them for educational purposes, and so, he gave me lots of material for my school  workshops.

When I asked him to be the “speaker” at my bird presentation at the museum last November, he replied “Thanks for the offer, but it’s not at all my thing.  My public speaking has pretty well consisted of standing, saying ‘Not Guilty’ and sitting down trying to look innocent.”

He sat there, in the front row, grinning when I shared that story with the participants.

And finally, after the Sustainability Workshop at the Tidemark on April 20, Jim promised to build me a Mason bee home. He called a week later, to say that he was being airlifted to Vancouver Hospital. He wanted me to know that he would not be able to deliver on his promise, and that he felt it was important to call as he liked to keep his commitments.

He will be very much missed, but I can still hear his voice, with his dry sense of humour, and I feel joy at having known him.

Luisa Richardson

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