“Knowing Jim means you have a faithful friend throughout your life who is always there for you in good times and the first person by your side in bad times.”

On Thursday, June 8, Jim Weydig passed away after a three-year battle with cancer.

Jim (also known as James, Jimmy, Digger and Digs) is “a pillar of our community,” according to a GoFundMe set up by Weydig family friends.

He’s had many roles in the community—Jim is an architect, a marathon runner, a Boy Scout leader, and a neighbor to many—but his friends say that no matter how people know Jim, “you It can be recalled that he knew Jim in many ways”. Touched you personally or as a whole community. ”

“Jim was like a beacon, he radiated kindness, warmth and a sense of humor wherever he went.”

“Knowing Jim means you’ll have a lifelong faithful friend who will always be there for you in good times and be the first to be there in bad times.”

First and foremost, though, Jim is a loving father and husband to his son and his wives, Ryan and Paula.

“These three are a uniting force, living passionately together and serving others,” reads the GoFundMe description.

“Jim enjoyed every day to the fullest… There is no question that Jim’s passing has created a void, but we know that Paula and Ryan will move forward with the same optimism and love that Jim has come to expect.”

To demonstrate the integral role Jim plays in the community, his friends are asking the community to help raise funds to support Ryan and Paula over the next few months so they can “grip without fear of being overshadowed” “. Medical bills, college fees, family expenses, and other expenses arising from Jim’s death. “

With the fundraiser raising more than $8,000 of its $50,000 goal in just two days and showing no signs of stopping, it seemed like a great way to pay tribute to friends who said he always is to go above and beyond (whether in a marathon or in life).

“Jim always went the extra mile,” his friends wrote, alluding to what Jim’s Boy Scouts called the “Widig Mile.”

“We now ask you to go the extra mile for Jim.”

To donate to GoFundMe, click here.

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