Condolence & Memory Journal

I first met Jim when our daughter,Stacy,was going through Safety Town...a two week summer preschool program that teaches children all about safety rules. He was so kind and patient with the children. We still have a picture of him awarding her with her graduation certificate. In later years Dawn was a member of Kay Schaefer's and my Brownie Troop. We all became family.
We were so saddened to hear of his death. He was so much a part of Bainbridge and all our lives. We are now living in SC, but he will always be a part of our memories.
Our deepest sympathy to Donna and their family,
John,Alice, And Stacy Yoder

Posted by A friend   March 05, 2018

I was deeply saddened when I heard that Chief had passed away. He was one of the finest people I have met. His love for his family, country, his men in uniform and his community were above and beyond. What a tremendous loss for everyone who knew him. G-D Bless a beautiful man!

Posted by Sheree Dormann - Parker, CO   February 27, 2018

BEST OF THOUGHTS TO THHE FAMILY SEMPER FI SMILES SENT. K. GIBB THE WINDRIDER.

Posted by KEN GIBB - AUBURN, OH   February 26, 2018

Dear Donna and family,

Enjoyed having Jim as my friend. Sending you blessings and peace.

Posted by Bob and Karen Winn - Bainbridge Township, OH - friend   February 26, 2018

When I joined the Tuesday night golf leaugh I was blessed to be partnered with Jim being a new guy in the leaugh he made me feel very welcome and we enjoyed playing together and we wound up winning the championship he will be missed on Tuesday night by all of us!!! My symphony to the family Les Ash

Posted by A friend   February 25, 2018

Our sympathies to the family -- Jim was a great part of "the team" at Pleasant Hills!!!

-Bob Condon

Posted by Bob Condon - Chardon, OH   February 25, 2018

Posted by Bob Condon - Chardon, OH   February 25, 2018

first of all, thank you for your service to my community. i knew you for 30 yrs. what a kind man, and thank you for taking time out of your busy day to stop by and see and pet the donkeys and horses.you loved all animals. you truly will be missed. prayers to the family.

Posted by nanette schirmer - Chagrin Falls, OH   February 25, 2018

I had a lot of respect for him. I got to know him as a teenager while he was working in S. Euclid, and he gave me my first ticket two weeks after I got my driver's license. After that, he remained a strong influence while I was trying to find my way. I'm sorry I never got the chance to show him that I grew up to be a respectable citizen, although I frequently thought of him.
Quentin "Corky" Stern
Largo, FL

Posted by Corky Stern - Largo, FL   February 25, 2018

Sunday morning church services you would see Chief dressed impeccably in his suit. He always greeted me with a smile and a compliment! He will be missed amongst his church family!

Posted by Renee Blank - chagrin Falls, OH   February 25, 2018

A true professional. I very much enjoyed working with Jim, and valued his judgement,advise, and friendship.

Bob Alvord
F.B.I. Special Agent, ret.

Posted by Bob Alvord - Mentor   February 25, 2018

We are so very sorry. He will be greatly missed

Posted by Cindy and Bob G. - Bainbridge Twp., OH   February 24, 2018

A GREAT Chief and an even better person.

Posted by Tom DeVore - Phoenix, AZ   February 24, 2018

my deepest condolences to the chiefs family and friends I'm terribly sorry for the great loss
wesley eykyn

Posted by wesley eykyn - chagrin falls, OH   February 24, 2018

Jim was such a great man. I always knew I could count on him when we needed help. at the library. I loved his sense of humor and considered him a buddy. My sincerest sympathies to his family.

Posted by Debbie O'Connor - Chardon, OH   February 24, 2018

My deepest condolences to the Chiefs family. I was very proud to have been one of the 3 Bainbridge trustees to create the Bainbridge PD and hired Jim as Chief. He was the only person we interviewed who was head and shouldered above everyone. Jim knew his profession and went about his job with a manner which made everyone around him feel better. He made Bainbridge a community of people who held the BPD in high esteem. I'm proud to have known him as my friend.

Ron LaForce. Rogers, Texas.

Posted by A friend   February 24, 2018

The best police Chief anyone could have growing up!!! As his daughter Dawns high school friend and classmate, I truly can not say how much my heart extends to all the family! I have so many wonderful memories of your dad!!!

As I was telling my husband once again how amazing the slice of heaven my home town was to grow up in because how safe we all felt, I also mentioned officer Lingel. It was wonderful to read his words and to know they kept in touch.

All my thought and prayers are with you.

Posted by Christine (Chrissy) (Bateman) Ferguson - Lakeland, FL   February 23, 2018

Jim, was a wonderful person and one of the finest human beings I have ever known. He was a professional law enforcement officer, and a honest and loyal public servant and a great friend to me. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Nick and Bev Fischbach

Posted by Nick Fischbach - Burton Village, OH   February 23, 2018

The "Chief" and I crossed paths a few times in my younger, wilder days .. He was always professional, fair and open to hear all sides of the story before making judgement - RIP Chief. Thank you for helping a young man find his way back to the "straight and narrow"

Posted by E B - Denver, CO   February 23, 2018

find some fairways, for the rest of us. we will see you again.

Posted by Tom Bulanda - CFO   February 23, 2018

To the Jimison family: I didn't get to know the Chief until after he retired, but his smile, twinkling eyes and friendly conversation were something I looked forward to when going to Panera. He was wonderful and we were all blessed to have known him. Peace.

Posted by Lori O'Neill - Bainbridge, OH   February 23, 2018

Chief it was a pleasure working with you while you were Chief and it was fun playing golf on Tuesday nites

Posted by Larry Hunt - Longs, SC   February 23, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to our Chiefs family. He was an awseome man, so much fun, loved his smile. Rip Chief.

Posted by Dave & Cyn Renard - Bainbridge, OH   February 23, 2018

I went to high school with Jim and we were police officers in South Euclid together for 5 years. He went on to be Chief of Bainbridge Twp and I went on to be a Captain on the Cleveland PD. We remained friends throughout the years, and I can truly say he was an excellent, motivated police officer. He had a good sense of humor, and we always had a few laughs when we got together. Will always remember you.

Posted by Patrick Check - San Antonio, TX   February 23, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers to the family, I know he will be missed by many. I always enjoyed riding with Jim at SEPD, he was not only intelligent and a good police officer, but also had a special talent for spotting "the bad guys". He made the work day very enjoyable with his entertaining qualities. We were very sad when he left SEPD, but were happy for the Bainbridge community who was lucky to receive his service to the community. I have nothing but good memories of him.

Posted by Ken Sutherland - Mentor, OH   February 23, 2018

Dawn, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss. Connie

Posted by A friend   February 23, 2018

As a founding member of the Bainbridge Police Dept, and 'the Chief's' first Detective Sergeant at the Dept., Katy and my thoughts and prayers are with Donna and his family. In reflection, the best years of my long police career were the 18 years I worked with the Chief and the Bainbridge Police Dept. He taught me so much on how to be a good policeman, and investigator. I will forever be grateful to him. I am so happy last summer that we got together at Panera Bread, and caught up and reminisced about days of the early days of the department. Jim and Katy Lengel, Unicoi, Tn. JSLengel@gmail.com

Posted by Jim Lengel - Unicoi, TN   February 23, 2018

"Chief" will be missed. Our prayer is that God will bless his family and give them comfort at this time of grief. He was an asset and played an important role in Bainbridge Township.

Posted by Nick & Carol Timcisko - Bainbridge Township, OH   February 23, 2018

God got a great person here. He loved his beloved Bainbridge TWP. Where he was a wonderful police chief always with a kind word and a smile. Rip James Jimison. Thanks for protecting our great community

Posted by Justin Ward - Pulaski, TN   February 23, 2018

I'll never forget his grin...always guilty of pranking someone or his endless love of playing games like when the Christmas ELF would call the house. Many great memories of him. He will be mkissed and is always loved

Posted by Lauren (Hill) Lesagonicz - Poway, CA   February 22, 2018

So truly sorry for your loss. I have so many memories I don't know which one to share. Saying prayers for his family. Heaven gained an angel... I'm sure he and my dad are sharing stories together....

Posted by Randi Simmons - Auburn Twp, OH   February 22, 2018

So sad to hear of the loss of such a great man. He will be missed by so many. Our deepest sympathy. Stan and Linda Emerick, Bill and Dawn Mooney and all your friends at the Hitch N Post.

Posted by Linda Emerick - Auburn twp, OH   February 22, 2018

To Jim's Family and his many associates,
Carol and I send our condolences and are saddened to hear of his passing. He was truly a good man and we were happy to know him as a friend. We enjoyed some fun times and a couple of times as the true Policeman he was.

Posted by Stuart and Carol Seashols - Ruskin, FL   February 22, 2018