Condolence: Jim started working on our equipment over 30 years ago. Thankfully Jim taught me everything I know about press repair. At one point I believe Jim caught some heat for teaching me the ropes. I was spending a ton of money in repairs he would walk me through by phone many times to help me learn and save money. Everyone here at BCT really liked him. Truly a special man. He will be missed.
Condolence: I first met Jim 56 years ago at a naval cryptologic facility in Puerto Rico. Somehow at that time we must have seen some good in each other, as we cultivated and maintained a strong friendship for the better part of our lives. Jim was always a dedicated hard-working family man. His love and closeness to God and his Ministry have surely earned for him a very special place in the hereafter. To have been his friend is indeed to have been richly blessed. My sincerest condolences go out to his wonderful wife Judy, their son and daughter and their families. Jack
Condolence: I have 25+ years of memories with Papa Jim,so I'll just mention a few. My first interaction with Jim wasn't actually with him directly. The first time I went with Jill to her house, she showed me a poem that her dad had written her. Their close relationship impressed me, because - at the time - I had a lot of unresolved issues with my own father. :) I remember that Jim and Judy would come pick up Joan and myself, go to White Castle, and then we'd go sit on the Covington side of the river and eat it. One time, I was really excited about my onion rings, only to spill them all on the ground as soon as I took them out of the bag. Jim laughed and laughed. :) When I wrecked the red truck while the family was on vacation, I was so scared. :) But Joseph told me - "don't worry Kari; my dad really loves you." When I was in my early 20's, was regular pioneering, and was ALWAYS broke - I would often go by the Brinkers' to eat. My timing for pulling into the driveway exactly when the LaRosa's delivery man was arriving became so impeccable that Jim asked me - "Do you have a tracking device on the LaRosa's vehicles ???" LOL I got to experience going with Jim and Judy to give public talks and out for hospitality afterwards - something I never got to do with my own dad. But by far, this is my most treasured memory of Papa Jim : when my mom was dying, she and Jim had a conversation. She seemed comforted by it, so afterwards I asked her what they had talked about. To which she replied, "it was just between us." Alrighty then. LOL After she died, Jim told me that they had discussed the pain and tribulations of this old system, but that when she's resurrected in the paradise on earth, all of that suffering will be a thing of the past, and the two of them will say to each other : "It's all over but the shouting !" Psalm 89:15, 16 says: "Happy are the people who know the joyful shouting. O Jehovah, they walk in the light of your face. They rejoice in your name all day long, and in your righteousness." So now - when Jehovah and Jesus wake up Helen Mack and Jim Brinker, and they see each other looking young and healthy, they'll REALLY say - "IT'S ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTING !!" Love, Kari Mack
Condolence: When we remember Jim, The word faithful comes to mind. He was a faithful servant of Jehovah and loving husband, father, and grandfather. His beautiful family was a testimony to his love for Jehovah and for them. He extended that love to all of us and helped us served Jehovah better. We are so grateful to have those memories and our hope. Sending our love to the family- David and Court Landman