This week we are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and columnist Jim Whipple. For so many years, Jim has been a part of the Chronicle, first serving as editorial assistant and reporter in years past, under then editor Dan Friend.
Jim continued to write for the Chronicle as it evolved and was faithful in contributing is "As I See It" column monthly until his failing health made it impossible to continue.
But just because he wasn't able to write consistently doesn't mean that Jim didn't write and didn't think of all those who read our little paper. He and I shared emails and, I am happy to say, we have his final column running in today's paper.
Other than writing, Jim was involved in so many things in the community. The first time I saw him, I'm sure, was on the stage at Charles Town's Old Opera House where he starred in countless productions. His joy of acting came across in each role he played, no matter how small.
He could be found in the lobby after the shows to mingle with theater-goers and share a kind word.
But, Jim was not always easy going. He was passionate about many things and was not afraid of a fight. He, along with friend Carol Galant, and others, spearheaded the fight against the Jefferson County Commission to save the old jail building in Charles Town. That building, filled with history, now serves as the offices for the Circuit Court and Family Courtrooms.
Jim's vision was to see beauty in everything--and that he did. We at the Chronicle extend our deepest sympathies to Jim's brother and nieces as they deal with this loss, as well as to Carol, his faithful friend.
When I see an OOH show or walk past the old jail building, I will think fondly of my friend Jim and know he is finally pain-free and happy.