Jim received his formal education in the Philadelphia School system and went on to earn a degree in electrical engineering from Lyons Technical Institute. What many people didn’t know was Jim loved to cook. He pursued his love for cooking at Engine 46 Steakhouse and The Hard Rock Café in Philadelphia. He eventually moved to Hartford, CT where he worked at Plan B Burger Bar. Following some health issues, Jim returned to Philadelphia to be closer to his family but he did not want to sit around wasting time. He, with his infinite generosity, began volunteering at the Walker Jr Community Center.
Growing up, we would spend many summers in Asheville, NC where he loved going to church and received the nickname preacher-man. In his early adult years, he was also known as DJ Jim and provided the music for many parties. Jim loved working on many things. He was a problem solver that would not stop until he could figure out the problem and fix it. Jim would help anyone, all they had to do was ask.