A Tribute To Albert Lee Jimmy

December 11, 2006 was marked with the passing of Albert [Alby] Lee Jimmy. Alby was a person who left a wake wherever he chose to point his life’s canoe. He left an impression, irrepressibly positive, with everyone he met and could be counted on to bring smiles and laughter to even the most depressed crowd, just by walking among them.

Alby was the Joker in a deck of cards, hard dealt, never one to blame anyone for the game of life he had chosen to play. While he had many historical issues which marked the way he was, he bristled with a flash of anger, and then ran at the first sign of anyone trying to coddle him.

His last days were marked with an acknowledgment of the risks that stood before him, and choosing to take that one last stand, taking the chance that he might once again be able to walk the land. But that was not to be, and he died as he had lived, the quiet man.


I share with you a eulogy I wrote for a friend some years back, I often find it fits for many:


THE RANGE OF AFFECT
[A Tribute to Ginger Baker]

The range of affect has been great;
Just as a stone thrown skips across the
surface of a still pond;
As it slips below the surface,
it leaves only you to know it was ever there;

And yet, as the stone settles to the water’s floor;
It changes the surface forever;
Such is the Range of Affect.

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While Alby’s stone has slipped from view, the wave to be felt for times to come, and the wake of his passing canoe leaving pause for thought.

4 Responses to “A Tribute To Albert Lee Jimmy”

  1. redseven Says:

    God, Part II – Lyrics [U2]: Sung by ‘Veronica’ at the Memorial 2006-12-21

    Don’t believe the devil
    I don’t believe his book
    But the truth is not the same
    Without the lies he made up

    Don’t believe in excess
    Success is to give
    Don’t believe in riches
    But you should see where I live
    I…I believe in love

    Don’t believe in forced entry
    Don’t believe in rape
    But every time she passes by
    Wild thoughts escape
    I don’t believe in death row
    Skid row or the gangs
    Don’t believe in the Uzi
    It just went off in my hand
    I…I believe in love

    Don’t believe in cocaine
    Got a speed-ball in my head
    I could cut and crack you open
    Do you hear what I said
    Don’t believe them when they tell me
    There ain’t no cure
    The rich stay healthy
    The sick stay poor
    I…I believe in love

    Don’t believe in Goldman
    His type like a curse
    Instant karma’s going to get him
    If I don’t get him first
    Don’t believe in rock ‘n’ roll
    Can really change the world
    As it spins in revolution
    It spirals and turns
    I…I believe in love

    Don’t believe in the 60’s
    The golden age of pop
    You glorify the past
    When the future dries up
    Heard a singer on the radio late last night
    He says he’s gonna kick the darkness
    ‘til it bleeds daylight
    I…I believe in love

    I feel like I’m falling
    Like I’m spinning on a wheel
    It always stops beside of me
    With a presence I can feel
    I…I believe in love

    Ref:- http://www.lyricsdomain.com/21/u2/god_part_ii.html

  2. redseven Says:

    When God Made Me – Neil Young

    was he thinkin’ about my country
    or the color of my skin?
    was he thinkin’ ‘bout my religion
    and the way i worshipped him?
    did he create just me in his image
    or every living thing?

    when god made me
    when god made me

    was he planning only for believers
    or for those who just have faith?
    did he envision all the wars
    that were fought in his name?
    did he say there was only one way
    to be close to him?

    when god made me
    when god made me

    did he give me the gift of love
    to say who i could choose?

    when god made me
    when god made me

    when god made me
    when god made me

    did he give me the gift of voice
    so some could silence me?
    did he give me the gift of vision
    not knowing what i might see?
    did he give me the gift of compassion
    to help my fellow man?

    when god made me
    when god made me

    when god made me
    when god made me

  3. redseven Says:

    The Needle And The Damage Done – Neil Young

    I caught you knockin’
    at my cellar door
    I love you, baby
    can I have some more
    ooh, ooh, the damage done

    I hit the city and
    I lost my band
    I watched the needle
    take another man
    ohh, ohh, the damage done

    I sing the song
    because i love the man
    I know that some
    of you don’t understand
    milk-blood
    to keep from running out

    I’ve seen the needle
    and the damage done
    a little part of it in everyone
    but every junkie’s
    like a setting sun

    I caught you knockin’
    at my cellar door
    I love you, baby
    can i have some more
    ooh, ooh, the damage done

    I’ve seen the needle
    and the damage done
    a little part of it in everyone
    but every junkie’s
    like a setting sun

    ABSTRACT – This is about heroin use and what it will do to you in the end. Young wrote it about Danny Whitten, one of the original members of his band Crazy Horse. In 1971, Young went on tour and hired Crazy Horse and Nils Lofgren as backup. During rehearsals, Whitten was so high on heroin that he couldn’t even hold up his guitar. Young fired him, gave Whitten 50 bucks [for rehab] and a plane ticket back to Los Angeles. Upon reaching LA, Whitten spent the 50 bucks on pure heroin, which killed him.

  4. redseven Says:

    Obituary 2006-12-17 Times Colonist, Victoria BC

    JIMMY, Albert Lee (Albie) March 3, 1979 (Duncan, BC) – December 11, 2006 (Victoria, BC) To his many friends and family we announce the passing of our dear friend and brother, Albie. He was predeceased by his mother, Georgina Sawyer; grandparents, Gillette Chipps and Sarah Sawyer; aunts Mary, LiI, Ada and Hazel; uncle, Stan Chipps and cousin, Angela Chipps. He is survived by his father, Percy Jimmy; brothers, Ed and Thomas; sisters, Elaine and Cece, along with many family and friends. The family would like to thank Irene Pollack, Martin G. Smith, Rev. AI and his extended family & friends at Streetlink. Prayer service 7:00 pm, Sunday, December 17, at the Beecher Bay Longhouse with funeral services at the longhouse 9:00 am, Monday, December 18, 2006. All his friends are welcome.

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