As I announced on Tuesday, Grace Church lost a beloved friend this week, with the passing of Jim McAlpine, rector at Grace from 1984-1994. About a year and a half ago, I visited Jim at his small apartment full of books in the assisted living facility in York, Maine where he had moved in 2015. As we visited, various staff came in and out to do this and that, and as Jim greeted them it was clear that they all knew and liked him. This did not surprise me at all. Jim had an easy way about him, a contagious friendliness that put people at ease. I love this picture of him at St. Francis Day in 2014, bringing a stuffed animal up to be blessed! It is a good depiction of his sense of fun. Jim faced the decline of his last years bravely and faithfully. He was full of praise for his daughter Holly, and the loving way she helped care for him. He was full of affection for Grace Church. I know he received a number of visits from Grace folk during his years in Maine, and that they meant a lot to him. Jim was a faithful pastor and friend to our parish, and he will be deeply missed. May he rest in peace, and rise in glory.
p.s. If you have photos of Jim, please bring them into the office and we will scan them and return them, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Jim’s funeral isn’t until June 8, but we will remember his ministry at our Annual Meeting on January 27th.