McDonald, James Hamden-James McDonald, 35, passionate artist and muscian, of Paramont Ave. died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004. Son of the late James and Kathryn Luther McDonald, he is survived by a daughter Terry McDonald and son James McDonald of North Branford and four brothers; Robert of Hamden, Kenneth of New Britain, CT, Mark of New York City and Greg of Wallingford, CT. He was a ladder builder at Lynn Ladder Co. in New Haven. Friends may call Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004 from 5-7 PM at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. For information or to send a condolence visit: www.beecherandbennett.com.

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  1. Happy Birthday to my brother. I’m so sorry that we split apart but I always loved you. We shared great memories together. You said it best that we were four guys who truly loved one another.I miss you and Palmer dearly. I pray for both of you all the time. Now it is only Jim and I that are left of The Hooligans. We were the best because we wanted to be the best. Thank You for the memories…your loving brother,Mike

  2. I AM DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE NEWS OF JIM\’S PASSING. I PRAY FOR HIM. I HAVEN\’T SEEN JIM FOR ABOUT 8 YEARS, BUT THINK OF HIM OFTEN. HE WAS A TRUE FRIEND WHO BROUGHT A LOT OF HAPPINESS TO MY LIFE SINCE WE WERE CHILDREN. I MEET JIM IN THE 4TH GRADE AT COLONIAL PARK SCHOOL. WE WERE IN MRS. KUZIEL\’S CLASS.EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE I TAKE THE CLASS PICTURE OUT AND DREAM OF THOSE DAYS. I THINK OF JIM WITH HIS AFRO BEATING ON HIS DESK WITH A SET OF DRUM STICKS. WE\’VE BEEN FRIENDS EVER SINCE. I THINK OF JIM EVER TIME I HEAR JIMI HENDRIX, AND I ALWAYS WILL. I\’LL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT SMILE AND THAT LAUGH. YOUR PASSING PAINS MY HEART MORE THAN YOU\’LL EVER KNOW OR ANYONE WILL EVER UNDERSTAND.I HAVE FAITH IN GOD AND I BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE WITH HIM AND HAVE ENTERED INTO ETERNAL LIFE ( OR AS YOU WOULD HAVE SAID .YOUR STYLIN\’ AND PROFILIN\’.)..FLY ON SWEET ANGEL,TOMORROW I\’M GONNA BE BY YOUR SIDE.. I LOVE YOU JIM . I ALWAYS THINK OF YOU, PRAY FOR YOU, AND TALK TO YOU IN MY PRAYERS. UNTIL THEN PLEASE LOOK DOWN ON US AND WATCH OVER US…

  3. I\’m so sorry to read of Jimmy\’s passing. While I wasn\’t a close friend, I have great memories of him from high school. He was a wonderful free spirit, an inspiration for all of us non-conformists and \’freaks\’, and he gave me a lot of hope and encouragment. He was always so sweet, so kind, and he was a very giving and loving person. He had a great smile and a peaceful soul. We shared some great laughs. I felt like this world was too small for him, in a way, and I picture his spirit as being free now and unconfined by our human constraints. Rest in peace.

  4. Jim was always one of the most passionate, strong and caring people I ever knew, and I will never forget the times we shared or the smile he had that radiated sunshine everywhere he went, I will miss you and will never forget. I will always carry you in my heart. My sympathies and prayers are with the Mcdonald family. Jennilynne Richards

  5. Jimi was the youth of our group. Palmer,Mike & I always relied on his metaphores and quick quipped qouttes to make our day and our creation. My baby brother has left me in a sad way but our love for each other will always be strong. He was in my book the best drummer of rock-n-roll and the times we shared will always be special to me. Remember when we pissed our pants when we met Hossler? Goodbye Jimi and take some love from me and give it to Palmer,Tommy,Dave & Cindy….Jim

  6. TO JIMS FAMILY, I\’M SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, I ALSO FEEL THE PAIN. JIM WAS A GREAT GUY AND WE WILL ALL MISS HIM. JIM WAS ALWAYS HAPPY AND SMILING AND THAT IS HOW WE WILL REMEMBER HIM. THE THOUGHTS OF HIS BEAUTIFUL SMILE WILL STAY WITH ME FOREVER. PEACE BE WITH ALL OF YOU.

  7. We were thirteen when we met. Have been SoulBrothers since. His wit, wisdom, the music of his life that he shared with all and wanted to be every part of who came in contact with him as they welcomed him as well. His infectious laugh and his take on the human condition will always be with me. Our friendship can not be shared nor duplicated as the rare gem that he became. Thousands of stories that I can tell could only give a glimpse of the man of how I knew him best and yet he was still a mystery to some degree (just as he liked it to be). He is at peace, rest and complete freedom as his spirit lives on with us may he never leave our minds, hearts and souls. Jim, my true friend, confidant and inspiration, MY BROTHER. I will miss you more than you will ever know. I LOVE YOU. PEACE

  8. What to say about Jimmy? He has had a very prominent place in my heart and memories since I was 16. I am in shock and dismay that this physical world no longer has his presence in it. I lost touch with him years ago, and haven\’t an idea where his life had taken him. All I can say is how I remember him as a creative and vibrant soul. Who could not love that smile?! We had lots of good times and great conversations. He was an inspiration and one of the \’good people\’. He taught me alot just by letting me into his life, and by having him in mine. I regret not being able to tell him that, and how much he truly effected me. And to hug him for one last time. My love & regrets to his family & friends. I wish him peace for always, finally.

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