Aloha Pumehana, Jim Hamre
Jim Hamre didn’t talk all that much during our NARP board meetings, but when he did, it was never a gratuitous comment. Yes, it was usually just a few words, but it was always relevant, always on point. I didn’t really get to know Jim until rather recently. I think it was after our board retreat last July when he and I found ourselves together on the Empire Builder headed back to Seattle. Yes, of course, we talked about trains and transportation, but conversation came easily on all sorts of subjects. Like baseball. Jim was a fan of the Seattle Mariners and we talked about coordinating one of my trips through Seattle so we could meet at Safeco Field for a game between his Mariners and my Red Sox. I would have enjoyed that a lot, because he was the perfect companion for a ballgame. Jim was Easy Company and I’m going to miss him. We all are.
You caught the essence of Jim Hamre. I did go to some Mariner games with him and he was a wonderful companion to watch a game with. Jim was more of a casual friend, but I enjoyed my time with him. We had lunch together a couple of weeks ago and of course trains and baseball were the top topics. He will be missed as a friend and good person.