died Sunday 14th September 2008
Photo courtesy Cam and Simone
Eulogy for James Rowe as read by Jim's sister Marion at Jim's funeral on Friday, 19th September, 2008 at Kelvin Grove, Brisbane.
Our Brother, Uncle, Friend and Mate.
We loved him so much,
The part of Marion's eulogy written by Jim's niece Angela is here
Cam Hay's eulogy is here
Photos from Jim's funeral here soon.
Photo courtesy Megan Thomas showing Cam and Jim at the Virgin (V) Festival at Avica Resort on the Gold Coast on 1 April 2007
where Pixies headlined top photo is Jim and Megan sussing David Johansen and his seminal band New York Dolls
Photos above and below courtesy Chris and Jane Garrett showing Jim and Squizz entering Jane Garrett's 40th hoedown
Photos below courtesy Megan Thomas showing a Straddie trip and party at the Hansens from 2004.
Jim Rowe and Peter Bayard at Pt. Lookout pub
Jim Rowe was an intelligent man and a deep, insightful thinker who liked to explore the depths of his and other's psychology to try to divine the basic truths that make up the human condition.
Knowing Jim and being with him was more about collecting amazing experiences than anything else though.
I personally am grateful to Jim for introducing to the writings of Charles Bukowski and Hunter S Thompson who had influenced Jim with their reality writing and fresh vision of literature to be written as near as possible to how the events of life really occur without literary embellishment and bullshit.
Jim loved the road trip with a mission a la Fear and loathing in Las Vegas, with lots of drama and edge and harrowing moments usually while trying to score and then drive and score and drive etc.
Jim liked the trip to be declared a "mission" of some sort or other, maybe just to pique our interest? but the goals were always to seek something new and intense and different and to complete the mission in an extraordinary way.
For the mission to be deemed a successs the car had to be right i.e. cruise missile, the music had to be right, the company had to be right, the substances had to be right and when the ingredients were mixed perfectly and the mission was decided -BANG - you could expect something quite bizarre and most definitely interesting - usually full of drama and colour and laughter and usually while very very wasted.
Jim was always looking for something I am not sure he found it but he was more into the journey anyways.
Bye Jimbo thanks for the memories (and the music)!
Ways I remember Jim:
Please email me to add photos or written remembrances here.
Warren Cressey (above centre) was a mate of Jim's (and all of us) who died of skin cancer on the 5th September 1992 aged 29
Waz is shown with Megan Thomas and Anna Noble
I will always wonder what would have become of Waz had he lived on.
Nobbs Thatch and Jimbo at Jim's gaff in Walker ave. New Farm I seem to remember..but then again
Vietnamese restaurant in the Valley one of our favourite haunts for a while - says 1991 on the back of the photo
Me (thatch) in the fox balaclava as designed by Julian Thomas of Annerley.
Tarrawa units opposite south Narrowneck carpark circa 1985
At Nigel's old's (unoccupied) gaff at Fingal - Om
Jim talking to Simon Thatcher (my older brother) about 1989
I personally think this apricot suit was the height of Jim's sartorial splendour, waddya reckon Zav?
Photos (above and below) are courtesy Megan Thomas .
Of the above series Megan says "Les took this of us in front of a wall in the Valley that Jim liked."
Anna Schmalkuche's 21st, Jim Thatch Bayard Cluck Andrew Sally Anna Warren Suzie and a win-on barman I'd say
Plunkett St. Grand Prix party
Jim and Derek Thomas at the Breakfast Creek hotel...no idea what they are doing or thinking
IH Jim and Barmes
IH Anna & Jim
Jean-Francois, Nobbs, Jimbo, Waz, Bayard, these pretzels are making me thirsty...
So grasshopper, what is the sound of one hand clapping?
Cleveland Sands Beergarden 1985
Can confirm that the cricket match above was in 1984 and was a Day/Night match between Australia and the West Indies. Bayard says, "The Windies thrashed us, by the way."
At the Sydney Cricket Ground Peter Bayard, Jim, Robert Brands and Megan, with some random guy that was in front of us. He was friendly, his name was Sandro.
1986- Cam and Jim go "Walkabout" in Paddington to take pictures of cool signs. The Radio Birdman sign was on Alma Street.
The Courier Mail - 17 September 2008
ROWE, James Craig (Jim),
late of Tugun.
Passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, 14th September, 2008.
Aged 55 Years
Loved Brother and Brother-in-law
to Helen and Les, Marian, Uncle to
Simon, Amelia and Angela and
Friend and Surfing Mate to a great
"CAUGHT HIS FINAL WAVE"
Family and Friends are invited to
attend Jims Funeral Service to be
held in the Cannon & Cripps
Chapel, 270 Kelvin Grove Road,
Kelvin Grove on Friday, 19th
September, 2008, commencing at
No Funeral Cortege
No flowers by request, donations in
lieu to the "save the ^^insert animal^^ i.e. panda"
would be appreciated.