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Appreciation For Koon Kau Chan By Greg Anderson

I met Jimmy many moons ago when he worked at Newcastle and we quickly became friends as well as work colleagues. As others have said he was a very generous, helpful, thoughtful, clever, funny, happy chap and managed to cram lots of activities into his life.
He was a keen windsurfer and got me going on my first board. I was a bit of a slow learner (or a muc tau, as Jimmy might have said!) and usually managed to fall in and 'get my underpants wet', unlike Jimmy!
Food was never far from his thoughts and he always seems to have had a food business on the go in addition to whatever other work he was doing. I think most of his friends have been treated to some great food when he was 'on the handles' - he could rustle up a banquet wherever he was, and you would never see any leftovers on plates afterwards! (well, apart from the chickens feet perhaps...)
Jimmy would do anything for you, and seemed to sense when things weren't right or when you needed a bit of practical help or advice. He would always be there for you.
He was a real inspiration and had a real joy for life, and you just couldn't help but be uplifted by his presence.
The world is truly a sadder place without him, but he will remain alive in our memories forever.
Its been a privilege to know him and I would say 'Rest in peace Jimmy', but knowing Jimmy I don't think he will - I'm sure he'll already be planning how to keep busy in his next life.

It is always hardest for those left behind, and my heart goes out to Christine and to Judith - you have both been very brave and strong through must have been a very difficult few weeks. Only time will help in coming to terms with Jimmy's passing, and I hope you will soon feel able to move forwards again, as I know Jimmy would want you to.

Deepest sympathy,

Added on: 16 October 2010