Jim Donnelly died at home on September 12, 2014. He will be sorely missed by those who loved him. He leaves his wife, Mary, son Sam, extended family and many dear friends. Jim was always a giver. Frequently he would say he’d be on an elevator with a dozen people, and invariably a person who needed help or directions would turn to him. We’d joke about his invisible, neon sign that said “It’s okay, go ahead and ask me.” His most loved time after retirement was when he volunteered at Gordon Parks where he tutored kindergartners and 1st graders in reading. He also helped in the lunch line. They called him, Mr. Jim.

An informal time of gathering and sharing of stories will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Signature Funerals and Cremation: 8019 State Line Rd., Kansas City, MO 64114. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s name to the GP Elementary Literacy Program; Gordon Park Elementary School, 3715 Wyoming St; Kansas City, MO 64111. Additionally, please leave a story below for the family on this webpage, below.

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