Saturday, 5 February 2011

Jim Hanley - A Good Guy

Jim Hanley's sudden and unexpected death has shocked many. He was a good guy, with an easy, modest charm.

The news made me, and many others, cry.

You know when you get a phone call from a friend speaking with an unfamiliar tone that's something is wrong. And so it has been over the last day or so for many of us.

Jim was a councillor of distinction who took great responsibility without seeking personal accolades or headlines: he just wanted to do the right thing and move on.

A few years ago, when I and others pressed the council to pay attention to the drugs and prostitution blight along the Oxford Road it fell to Jim to lead the open inquiry. His abiding interest was not to seek easy targets of agencies or people to blame or find quick or superficial answers: he just wanted to do the right thing. In time, I learned to accept his wisdom.

More recently, having reshaped his professional career, he planned a life beyond the council. The tradegy is that he and Trish have been denied that time.

Jim, you were a good guy. I am proud to have known you and will always admire, respect and remember you.

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