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Friday the 13th of May 2005
Jim 'PawPaw' Wilson has passed away today due to complications from his fume fever. Jim is survived by his wife Sheri, 4 children and 27 foster children
He died of respiratory failure after a bout of pneumonia trigerred by zinc fume fever.
Words that come to mind remembering Jim; Patriot, Blacksmith, Chairman of Cybersmiths International and author of The Revolutionary Blacksmith, Warrior and Teacher to many, and lover of Dobermans. He left me a whole lot smarter than he found me, and for that alone, I'm glad I knew him. Winston Salem will be a quieter place without the ring of Jim's anvil.
The great saddness here is that Jim's death was preventable. He'd be the first to say so, and chew ya out for burning galvanized. He was the kind of man who posted pictures of the damage to himself when he tangled with a wirewheel a while back, pecking away with one hand so others could learn from it. http://www.anvilfire.com/21centbs/safety/index.htm
Rest in peace Jim.http://www.pawpawsforge.com/
Jim's funeral will begin at 5pm on 16 May. If you have an anvil, let it ring to send him off.