Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 22 NO. 6  -  June 2019

In Memoriam: Jim Cox, Director


He had a very gentle manner, and he treated everyone with kindness and respect. Friends tell stories about everyone including Jim. His gentle manner was sometimes severely tested by the circumstances. There were stories told at his funeral about choice language in a loud voice when things were not going well in his garage.

Jim was the chairman of the North Itasca Electric board when I was first elected as a director. He put me at ease immediately with his calm, low-key manner. I was greatly surprised about a year later when he saw his responsibility as the chairman to take another director “into the woodshed” for inappropriate behavior at a board meeting. The entire board observed a strongly worded lecture for the individual who had misbehaved. There was no mistaking the seriousness of Jim’s complaint or the changes he expected to see. I hadn’t realized that Jim the gentleman had such tools in his arsenal until I saw him in action. I resolved that I would never put myself in a position to deserve similar “woodshed” treatment.

Jim left us with so many good memories: the common man who steps up to serve his community, the gentleman who is kind, helpful and respectful to everyone and the sweet man who left the place in better condition than when he arrived.

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