Times West Virginian
James (Jim) Thomas Diamond of Bridgeport passed away peacefully on Tuesday (Oct. 29, 2013) at West Virginia University Hospitals, Ruby Memorial in Morgantown after a brief illness.
He was born on May 23, 1953. He was preceded in death by his parents, the late Thomas and Edna Diamond; and his most faithful loving companion and best friend, his dog Winston.
Jim was a life-long resident of Bridgeport.
He is survived by his sister, Shirley of Vancouver, Wash.; a brother, Ron of Bridgeport; four nephews, Dave, Tim and Chris Ashcraft, and Kevin Diamond; three great-nieces; and four great-nephews.
He had worked for over 35 years for the Harrison County Board of Education as a custodian at Bridgeport Middle School and Bridgeport High School. Jim was an avid fan of the Bridgeport Indians football team, and recorded film of each of the games for over 30 years, and enjoyed watching them over and over. His favorite player in his years as a fan was Steve Stout. Jim always enjoyed walking his pal Winston, and dearly loved his hometown. No one could have been more loyal to the Bridgeport High School and the West Virginia University Mountaineers than Jim.
Jim was currently living at Pleasant Acres Christian Haven in Fairmont for over the past year. I cannot say enough words of appreciation for Andrea King and her staff of loving caregivers for the way they treated Jim with utmost love and respect, and gave him the quality of life he so deserved. We especially thank Rev. Tom Horn, who talked and prayed with Jim on many occasions, and for our most precious friends Dawn and Randy Moran, who always made sure his needs were met, and took him for dinners and family time at their home. Also, family members Ritchie and Jodi Davison for all the help given to our family physically and emotionally, and for the love and concern they always had for Jim and taking Jim to doctor appointments.
A special thank you to Dawn Moran, who gave up of her time and energy to stay with Jim during this short illness until his family could arrive and be with him. She lovingly held his hand and never left his side. To the hospital staff at Ruby Memorial, who were phenomenal in his care and treatment. Thank you to Mr. Robert Barrett, who worked for our family regarding all the issues of Social Security. Robert worked for the Social Security Department in Fairmont, and was so helpful in guiding us to make the right choices at a difficult and stressful time.
Our family is very proud for Jim to be a contributor to CORE. “The butterfly is a symbol of new life and became our symbol of organ donation. When our brother died, he left his former life behind, but through donation, he was able to live on in a new way.”
Jim always looked for the good in people, and hoped they would look at the ability and not the disability. The family requests donations be made in Jim’s memory to Autism Speaks, 1 East 33rd St., Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10016.
Friends will be received at the Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main St., Bridgeport, on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be celebrated in the funeral home on Saturday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Thomas P. Horne presiding. The interment will follow in the Bridgeport Cemetery.
Condolences may be extended to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted the care and arrangements to the Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport.