On September 21, a huge crowd attended the Jim Vreeland memorial and paddle-out. Many spoke passionately, not only of Jim's contributions to the city, especially the renovated beach that was his sanctuary, but also of his warmth and generosity as a human being. There was laughter and stories were shared, and by the end, nary a dry eye was to be seen. As his wife Lauri put it, "Jim couldn't have asked for a better send-off!" And our community couldn't have asked for a better citizen. Thanks, Jim, thanks for everything.
Pacificans are mourning the loss of former City Council member Jim Vreeland, who served 15 years on the council and is remembered for his work to protect the city's natural environment and outdoors recreation, especially the beaches and trails. Jim always took the high road, and I believe his spirit lives on in Pacifica. Please click the Comments link below this post to submit your memories of Jim for our archives.
As promised at the memorial service, here is a link for the memorial fund for Jim's family. Lauri will use the money for the boys' education. James is 13 and Scott is only 8, so we want to raise as much as we can. We are doing the fundraising online because of the ease in tracking the money and getting it to Lauri, but also the ease in donating. Here is the link:
Thanks so much for attending the memorial service. I know that Lauri really appreciated the turnout. Lauri has a rough road ahead, but I hope we raise enough to make it a little easier. Thanks in advance for anything you can contribute. And please share this with others!
Mary Ann Nihart