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    Jane Cullinane, niece of Brother James

    UK | 30 Nov 2017

     

    Brother James, or ‘Uncle Jim’ as we always called him, was my father, John’s older brother. He sometimes stayed at our home in Stroud when he came home during the 1960s and early 1970s. My brothers and sisters and I loved the visits of our kind, funny uncle. I remember he bought me some new guinea pigs when I was devastated because my own had died, and once took me on the Big Wheel fairground ride at Stroud Show. He made bread and mince pies with us at Christmas. Like my father, Jim was very adept with his hands and a wonderful artist. We kept up a regular correspondence on thin blue airletters during my teenage years, and I eventually went to stay with him at RTU in India after university in 1979. He was still the lovely uncle of my childhood with a laugh exactly the same as my own father’s. I worked as a volunteer in the batik workshops at Kallupatti with people who had had leprosy and stayed at Boys’ Village where Jim also lived in those days. I have vivid memories of the beautiful journey to Kallupatti each morning, walking in bare feet along the tops of the bunds which bordered the rice paddy fields, encountering frogs and snakes as well as alarmingly enormous water buffalo being led by very small children! Jim used to catch the bus into the local town, Batlagundu, very early in the morning for Mass then spend the rest of the day dashing about on his motorbike from project to project wearing no helmet and flip flops. He had massive responsibilities and could be quite tetchy but also very funny. It goes without saying that I admired him enormously for all his wonderful work, particularly because he never tried to convert anyone to Catholicism, but rather encouraged the children in his care to follow their family faith. I have many affectionate memories of him and miss the thought of him being there in India very much. Jane Cullinane

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  • Dear Friends/Family, I would like to share a contribution page with you which has been created in the $bookTitle$ book. To view the page please click on the following link: $findContributionLink$ Online Book for Brother James Kimpton https://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/Kimpton/Contributions/Find/FamilyMembers/georgecullinanegreatnephewofbrotherjames
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    George Cullinane, great nephew of Brother James

    UK | 17 Dec 2017

     

    I had grown up knowing that my Grandfather (John Kimpton) had a brother that was doing something special in India. As I grew up I learnt more from the family about the work that Brother James was doing. When I had finished university I saved up for a trip to India to see for myself. I remember vividly the moment when I first saw Brother James. He was standing waiting for mass at the back of a church in RTU, surrounded by kids who were joking and laughing as he played with them. He stood out with his white robes and his sharp voice reminded me instantly of my Grandfather, who had passed away the year before. Brother introduced me to an Irish priest next to him as ‘the son of the very first RTU volunteer’, as my Mother had spent time here after she finished university. Throughout my time there I was struck by the safe and loving environment that had been created for the disadvantaged children, and of Brother James’s endless dedication that had driven RTU to grow from its beginnings of a single orphan family into what it is today. I was impressed by the innovation that he had brought about, such as making concrete window shutters from the crushed local granite, which made them safer and more durable than wooden ones. And that he had designed the school square so that the trees lining the edge ran over underground rivers, allowing them to grow large and provide shade for the children where they sat during assemblies. As an Engineer myself, I found this fascinating. I am confident that the well ordered management and solid structures which Brother James created will ensure that RTU continues to go from strength to strength in its mission, and that all at RTU and those who support it will remember his love and dedication to provide a safe family for those children who need it most.

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