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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/margaretdaviesnkimptonniece1
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    Margaret Davies né Kimpton, niece

    UK | 26 Oct 2017

     

    REMEMBERING JIM – a tribute on behalf of Michael and Carmel Kimpton Brother James grew up in Chester and although much of the city has been altered there are many places that have remained unchanged. Whilst visiting him earlier this year, he reminisced fondly about key places that had been a part of his childhood and he wished he could walk around its streets one more time. Chester was also where his father, Charlie, lived until his death in 1979 and where his brother, Michael and family lived, and some still live today. Brother James or Uncle Jim or simply Jim as he was known in our house was brother to Michael, my father, who along with my mother, Carmel, had a more personal insight into this amazing man. Growing up and having a ‘missionary’ as an uncle appeared quite normal to me, my sister and five brothers. We grew up knowing that our uncle worked with some of the poorest children in India and as part of our daily routine would pray for Uncle Jim and all his little boys and girls. It wasn’t perhaps until later in our lives that we realised the enormity of what this incredible man had achieved. For Brother James, contact with the home he had left must have been so important. It was a means of providing him with news and updates of what was happening in the family. My parents wrote to him regularly, often sending photos and gifts and there was always a steady stream of letters back to us from Jim. Whenever, a letter arrived we were encouraged to read it and I can remember vividly the descriptions and at times, despair of suffering in rural India. It was the desperate plight of children who had been brought to Jim and how he constantly could not understand the lack of love shown to such beautiful children. However, the letters always had a message of hope, simply because this man was willing to show selfless love to all those that came into his care. It was always obvious that all Jim did was unpinned by his firm faith in God and his devotion to Mary. I remember the beautiful prayer cards and drawings that he would send to us as children, often the work of his own hands, reflecting the incredibly talented artist that he was. At times Jim would write with odd requests. I remember him asking for old clean tights that were no longer needed. These were used to hold bandages in place on freshly dressed wounds. And of course the people of the Catholic parishes of Chester responded generously, to the point that my Dad appeared to be constantly posting packs of tights to India. Uncle Jim would also ask for food packages to be sent, he missed bacon butties but bacon didn’t travel too well by post. He loved Fray Bentos pies and if anyone was travelling to see Jim, they were obliged to take one or two in their cases. Cuppa soups were another favourite, easy to post and a reminder of the ‘British food’ which he missed. On my visit in February he talked about macaroni cheese and his longing to taste some just like his mother used to make. My Mum often recalls the time in the late 60s, early 70s when Jim returned to the UK for further study and training, she says he would often turn up with a mini bus of needy children who he was taking for a day out, pick up my brothers and take them too and then return to my Mum and Dad’s for some good home cooking. My Mum often wondered how he managed to find all the ‘Waffes and Strays’, but it was that care that he did best. Michael and Carmel also dealt with some of the charity money that had been raised in the local area. Jim had a bank account in Chester which he knew he could access to pursue projects for Reaching the Unreached. A lot of this money was donated by the Catholic Parishes and schools in Chester raised by people who personally knew Jim of who had heard about his tremendous work. Often Jim would write to Michael and Carmel and ask for money to build houses, wells or medical facilities. At times my parents would despair because the money Jim would ask for wouldn’t match the money in the bank account. I can remember my parents worrying where the money would be found. But, it was at these times that the money would appear. Either a cheque would come through the door or my parents would meet someone who would give them a donation. Jim always had great faith that God would provide and he was always right. It was always obvious that Uncle Jim was a strong, determined and deeply spiritual man but at times he found life tough. Unfortunately, he suffered from migraines and would always be asking my Dad if there was any new medication on the market. It must have been pretty grim at times, especially when the weather was particularly hot. At these times he would long for the coolness of British weather and retreat to the darkness of his small house. On meeting Uncle Jim in February I was struck by the Kimpton spirit, the same spirit I had seen in my Grandfather, Jim’s Dad and my own Dad. There was a bloody mindedness that allowed him to get things done, a strong dogged determination to not give up and a generosity of heart that allowed him to not judge people but to care for those who were in real need. The legacy of Brother James is immeasurable, he planted trees for future generations to sit under and I know all the Kimptons scattered far and wide are privileged to be connected to this remarkable man. Margaret Davies, né Kimpton

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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/margaretdaviesnkimptonniece2
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    Margaret Davies né Kimpton, niece

    UK | 26 Oct 2017

     

    Photos of Brother James. The first is with his siblings, Betty, John and Mike and the second with his father, Charlie, in 1970.

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