We buried Jim Stokely this past week. He was the founder and organizer
of Bayfest, restauranteur (Stokes by the Bay, Stokes Inland, Industry
Theater) He was 50. A long family history of heart disease. Dead
before he hit the ground. He was fit as a fiddle, in great shape. Non-
smoker, casual drinker- the odd glass of beer or wine- and never
appeared too stressed about the immense task of running Bayfest. He
had/has an excellent staff.
Only people really close to him knew he had donated $ 400,000 to local
charities from past Bayfest profits. No photo-ops, no plaques, no
FIFTY, for chrissakes...
Bayfest will live on, as his wife Michelle was as much involved in the
running of it as Jim was.
The community is still reeling, as I am.
Busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger or a one-legged man at an ass-
kicking contest. The HomeShow really made a difference. Fortunately,
along the bread-and-butter countertop business, people are also buying
interesting stuff like carved fire-place mantels, signs, etc. I am
very happy doing that kinda one-off crazy stuff.
When you roll into town, my phone number is on my web-page www.topworks.ca.
I'll buy you an Erdinger (or two) at Paddy's.
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