This week we take a moment to reflect on the loss of a great man and original Funkster Jim Fairlie
Many of you will remember him from the old store and some might know him from his days selling produce on the West Coast. He is often remembered for having a parrot named Jasper that sat on his shoulder while he worked.
Jim sadly passed away last week
We would like to pass on to Jim’s family that our thoughts are with them and that Jim is very fondly remembered and respected as a hard worker, an expert in his field and as an integral part of the Funky Pumpkin.
As one of our staff put it “It is as if a great tree has fallen”
There have been many people who have shared some lovely memories of Jim.
Here are a just a few of the comments
“So sad to hear of his passing. He was an inspiration to shopkeepers everywhere. Always had time for a smile & chat, even told me his age a few years ago (before I moved to N.I.) and I was gobsmacked – he looked so much younger, well and fit. God Bless you sir. R.I.P.”
“So sorry to hear this. Jim really made the funky pumpkin visits for me and knew his stuff. Last time I saw Jim was just after the new shop opened and there he was talking up the produce as he always did so nicely. RIP Jim”
“He was awesome and had a great personality and sense of humour. One of a kind ⚘”
“He used to have a parrot on his shoulder often and always stopped to say hello and chat. Great person. Condolences to his family.
Personally I only knew Jim for a short time when Ryan and I took over ownership of the Funky but even then I could see how dedicated he was to this industry and how much knowledge he had acquired over the years. He visited the new store regularly for the first year and gave us many pearls of wisdom and encouragement. He has certainly set the bar when it comes to what it means to be a shopkeeper.
Rest in Peace Jim
We know you will keep the produce up in heaven well looked after.