Jim Timon is currently a Hospice volunteer with the STARS Equine Grief Camps. He is known as the Camp Grandpa. At 93 years of age, Jim has had a long life of volunteering! Jim started volunteering at the age of 16 when he drove a priest from St. Williams to St. X using the pastor’s 1939 Buick Roadmaster. The pastor also let Jim use the car in the evenings if he had it returned by 8 p.m. This started Jim with a love for Buicks. He then was “volun-told” to join the Army during the Korean conflict and after his military service worked his first job at a Buick dealership. Jim’s tenure as a volunteer included:
- Many stints with the Boy Scouts as Assistant Scout Master (age 17- 21), Cub Master, and participating in scouts along with his four sons.
- Volunteering at his churches…running festivals, singing in the choirs, being a greeter, working at Tammy’s Promise, and delivering for Meals on Wheels.
- When his sons had learning disabilities, he volunteered at their school at Immaculata in Mt. Adams, assisting the nuns with moving to a larger school, not once but twice. This school is now The Springer School in Hyde Park.
Jim was also very active in helping his first wife, Betty, with her volunteer work with the deaf community. They were instrumental in getting TTY in the state of KY. Jim became a St. Elizabeth Hospice home care volunteer in 2016. After transferring to the STARS program, he stated it was the best volunteer work he has done since he was 16 years old!