Jim Head

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James Vincent Head
12 Sep 1949 - 18 Aug 1990
Western Star Dancers


At age 18, needing a kidney transplant, Jim began an ordeal that was to last the rest of his life. He died in the intensive care unit of Long Hospital of respiratory complications. After graduating from the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, Jim worked for a while at the Galleria Design Center. Eventually, the persistent mediaal problems caused him to abandon his goal of working as an interior designer. He could not, however, abandon his creativity! His friends and family were the beneficiaries of his talents, most recently the Grand Ducal court. Jim's dedicated efforts produced the spectacular and very successful 1987 Club Le Star, the fundraising talent show of the Western Star Dancers, the square dance club to which he then belonged. Many will recall Jim's own contribution to the show, "I Remember It Well," in which he played two parts, both Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold. Jim also created wonderful, miniature Victorian dollhouses. Their rooms were accurately and beautifully decorated And he attempted to perfect miniature neon signing. - Jim's life was not easy, hut he bad two powerful allies: his ceaseless strength and his lightning wit. These characteristics helped him continue. Friends often remarked that they were not sure they could have endured all the successive surgeries and constant medication with the positive attitude Jim always held and displayed. Jim leaves behind and is missed by many friends; his mother, Agnes — a constant source of encouragement — and his brother, John.