Facebook exploded today with sympathies and remembrances as the word of Jim’s passing made its way across the web. I thought it would be nice to share some of them here:
“Jim Massey was such an inspiration to so many of us as performers, directors, quartet singers, and audience members. Those of us who were lucky enough to have him as a regular part of our lives were particularly blessed, as we got to see him with all of his many families. There was never a doubt that Jim loved and was dedicated to Marcia and his children. Jim adored his family and you could see it in his face every time you asked him anything about them.
There was also his chorus family, with whom he shared that fantastic creative musical and theatrical process over the years and which garnered so much of our respect as performers. You can’t forget his quartet family either, yet another avenue for that creativity and all-encompassing love. There was also his regional family, to whom he was ever gracious and giving — teaching, coaching, nurturing, mentoring, whatever it took to let all of us know that we were also a part of the family.
Surely he is in a better place and that engaging smile is back on his face just as we remember it. We are certainly better for having known him. He has left a lasting legacy we will continue to see on our stages for decades to come. Thank you, Jim for being you!”
– Peggy Gram
Please pray for the family and especially for Marcia as she is also dealing with her own health issues.”