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Honoring the Jim Rogers’ memory: Heartfelt thanks for love and support

Editor’s Note: The following is a letter from the parents of Jim Rogers, a well-known local bicycle enthusiast who was killed while riding his bicycle along Highway 174 near Colfax.

What a great community we live in. What lovely and loving people. We, Jim’s parents, are so thankful that we were able to raise our wonderful son in such a beautiful place. We and our family; Carolyn, Jim’s loving wife, Nate and Gina, Jim’s precious son and daughter, and Jim’s sisters Charlotte and Carolyn and their husbands and children, cannot express to you (our very loving friends in this community) our thanks. We feel the strong and loving embrace from you all.

How can we ever thank Rev. Toby Nelson? His devotion and sincerity was felt by all of us. We loved it when he threw open his cassock to reveal his cycling jersey underneath during his message. Surely verified his understanding and knowledge of how Jim felt about his cycling, and fellow cyclists.

Thank you, Lyndsey Barrett, for the beautiful song, “Julie’s Prayer.” To me, his mom, that was a prayer Jim would send to us all. He so loved living. He always remained like a child in his belief of his fellow man and his love for nature’s gifts. “May your faith come to let you believe like a child” – a line from the song. One of Jim’s cycling friends found this song and I immediately loved it. Thanks, Debra Little.

Our thanks to all of you who got the programs at the church and at the foundry organized. Karen Eisen, you’re the greatest! What an organizer! Also a loving mother of a fellow cyclist. Keep riding, Julian. Jim would always support you. Thank you to Karen’s husband, Grant, for what we’re sure you did to assist Karen in her devoted work.

A very special thank you and hugs to Craig Lindberg. Your “grand entrance” into the church riding Jim’s bike was so very meaningful to us. Thank you, Craig. Thank you for honoring “our Jimmy” with your very moving story of why Jim rode his bicycle; why it is such a gloriously free feeling to ride with the wind in your face, sharing the challenge with friends, feeling the moment from God. Jim died doing what he loved.

Our hearts swelled with pride and sadness when Jim’s son, Nate, spoke of his memories and love for his dad. We felt both proud and sad when Jim’s daughter, Gina, recited the words to a beautiful song she’d chosen for her dad. We have such a great family.

And, as always, we thank the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir. Thank you, guys. You’re the best. And, of course, our thanks and love to Eleanor Kenitzer for directing the choir and thanks and love to Karen Driscoll for her great talent at the piano. Your music was a perfect way to help make Jim’s memory carry on. Allan, Jim’s dad, who would normally have been up there singing with the choir, feels even closer and more loved by all of you.

We offer a very grateful thank you to the Nevada City Presbyterian Church for the use of your beautiful facility for the Jim “Jimmy” Rogers memorial. Thanks to Audrey and Bill McIntosh, without whom we may not have had the use of the church. Thank you to the members of the church, also.

Sierra Express cycling, Jim’s fellow cyclists, cycling challengers, great friends, wonderful people. The entire day was Jim’s – thanks to you all. We know that you will keep Carolyn, Nate and Gina in your hearts.

Also, thank you Sierra Express cyclists and all the enthusiastic friends for taking part in the Saturday Memorial Ride. How special it was to see so many smiling faces riding for Jim. He was so proud of you all. By the way, Stan Sanderson – you did a great job of directing the riders and keeping things rolling.

Thank you to the CHP officers for their help in keeping the riders on course and safe. (Probably for keeping the pedestrians safe, too). We were pretty sure there were over 200 riders taking part. Thank you all. That is just another way our community shows its care and love for one another.

Thanks to the Miners Foundry for the use of the entire area. We needed that space! What a great show of support and love. So many friends, so little time.

Thank you to the music provided at the Foundry in honor of Jim’s love for happy music.

We cannot forget the coordination and care in which Margo and Jonathan Meredith arranged the musical groups. Jim would have loved his party.

Thank you Susan Nance for coordinating our meals! We’ve had yummy meals delivered to us almost every day since January 31. These were greatly enjoyed and appreciated. We had a house full of family members and “almost” family. We’re so fortunate. Rev. Nelson visited us recently and we had a little laugh about how we could get used to these meals. Cooking is surely not something to want to worry about during times such as this.

For the support and caring for Nate that Bitney College Prep High School has given, we thank you. He would have extremely difficult days without you all. The principal, teachers, students and parents have been so supportive and helpful. Nate and his mom, Carolyn, appreciate greatly all that you’ve done. To Katrina and Demi, Ashley Treat, and Bruce Herring for rides to school for Nate (which includes Chico, of course).

Jim, Nate, Gina and Carolyn (and we grandparents) are so found of little Chico dog.

He’s surely a part of our family. Oh, yes – Chico doesn’t attend school at Bitney – he’s picked up before school starts (but not before he gets lots of pets and hugs from Nate’s school mates) and then taken to his “grandparents” house for the day.

Thanks to Lisa Hooper and the Bitney families that have been making Nate’s lunch each day.

Our sincere gratitude to The Union newspaper for its continuous articles and caring reporting about our Jimmy.

Thank you, KVMR, Nevada City’s local Public Radio Station. Jim listened (loudly!) to your programs every day.

For all the cards! There are so many! We are so blessed with many caring friends and family.

If we’ve left anyone out, please understand. And, please continue to call or come by. We still need you all.

And remember – no distractions, share the road, and please, stay off the cell phone when driving.

From Jim Rogers’ family.

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