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Jim Dockery
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On Thursday I lost one of my oldest friends to cancer.

Jim Pope was one of the instructors in my first climbing class back in 1968. We climbed together for years, then both went on to become teachers and work in Europe for many years, Jim at international schools, and I was on a US army base. Jim was a serious photographer BITD. He shot slides documenting his climbs and travels. I recently scanned many of them for him and am posting some of my favorites here as a memorial to a great guy.

Olympic Mts.






Switzerland, near one of the schools he taught at.












St. Basils, Moscow






Mer de Glace near Chamonix before it melted back






My favorite, Sunrise behind The Matterhorn







Jun 07, 2024 at 09:44 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · The Passing Of A Friend


My condolences, Jim. This is a beautiful way to honor your friend. Thank you for sharing with us.


Jun 07, 2024 at 10:03 AM
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Thanks Ross.


Jun 07, 2024 at 06:16 PM
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Rest and light eternal for your friend.


Jun 07, 2024 at 11:35 PM
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A great memorial, Jim, God rest his soul but, he can live on through his artistry.
Douglas



Jun 08, 2024 at 05:56 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · The Passing Of A Friend


A beautiful tribute... sorry for your loss of a dear friend.
Carol



Jun 08, 2024 at 08:28 PM
 


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Thanks for all the comments guys.

It's funny how grief settles in over time. I was at his side when he took the Death With Dignity option that is thankfully available in WA. He had waited till the last minute to take it and I was worried he wouldn't be able to drink the stuff, but he was very determined. It worked as expected and he was sleeping in minutes and an hour later we couldn't find any vital signs. I thought I would be more emotional at that time, but there was so much business coordinating with hospice, the caregivers at his house, and the mortuary that I just got it all done.

The next day I went through his pictures that I had stored on my computer and put together a Google Album to share with his friends and family. I'm always "the photographer" among my family and friends, so that is my contribution. That is when I really let myself start thinking about our lives together, and how I'll miss him.



Jun 09, 2024 at 11:59 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · The Passing Of A Friend


I'm sure he appreciated your friendship and being there with him at the end. I'm fortunate to live in a state where the Death with Dignity option is permitted. Thank you for your tribute and sharing his images.

Al



Jun 10, 2024 at 07:49 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · The Passing Of A Friend


You have honored your friend in the best way possible. I'm sure he'll be alive in your memory for the rest of your life.
Brent



Jun 12, 2024 at 07:39 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · The Passing Of A Friend


RIP. Beautiful tribute


Jun 15, 2024 at 12:13 AM
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Wonderful tribute for a close friend !!!


Jun 15, 2024 at 08:19 AM
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This is a beautiful tribute


Jun 15, 2024 at 09:06 PM







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