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Michael Fernandez
26-Nov-2004
Credit Lyonnais brought me into the business in the early 90's. Jim brought me and many 
others back into the business during the darkest days of the Asian crisis. Jim was truly one 
of the good guys in a brutal business, where few names stand out. It was such a shock to 
hear of his passing. One of the few in the industry who never lost sight of the true nature 
of the business, never failed to lend an ear or return a phone call. Unwavering in his vision - 
but above all a friend and a gentleman. Jim will be sorely missed by whoever he came in 
contact with. My deepst sympathy to Elaine & Sophie, your loss is immeasurable. Jim, you 
were and willl always be an inspiration to all those fortunate enough to know you.
						
Hamish Calder
26-Nov-2004
I first met Jim whilst playing hockey for KCC.  As Roger Nissim has described him, he was a 
true gent, an HKFC centrehalf with effortless ability to move around and soak up the 
opposition.  Later, in 1988, I worked for Jim at CL Winfull Laing.  He was the boss, but with 
that wonderful, laid back bonhomie.  My most vivid image is on Jim's 40th birthday.  We 
trouped into the board room at the Bond Centre with drinks and  bits on the table.  The 
ladies who looked after the office admin were whispering and giggling away.  Jim was 
made to sit in a chair with a balloon in one hand and a beer in the other.  Raunchy music 
started blaring and a semiclad, exotic dancer with boa proceeded to dance closely around 
Jim.  It was absolutely hilarious in the incongruous setting of the office in daylight.  In fact it 
was really embarassing, but Jim took it in his stride.  He sat there with a fixed grin and 
calmly endured the event, but plainly relieved when it was over.  
Great to h. . . 

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The Hawkes Family.
25-Nov-2004
Dear Elaine and Sophie,
We were all shocked to hear about your loss of Jim and send our sincere condolences. I 
understand what you are going through and I know the thoughts and support of family and 
friends is invaluable and I know you will have plenty of that. Jim was a great person, always 
the same and my kids have fond memories of their times at your place with you both. I went 
straight to a framed photo that you gave me of the two of you at a Hong Kong squash 
presentation with me back in the early 80s and the memories came flooding back.
Since I heard about Jim you have been on my mind Elaine but I know you are a strong 
person and with the support of Sophie and family you will find strength to cope well.
Sally, Bex, Steve and Jackie, with me send our love.
Julie Hawkes.
						
Mike Searl
25-Nov-2004
Dear Elaine, Sophie and all Jim’s friends I am very sorry for your loss.

Jim Walker struck me on our first as a sincere and down to earth man. It did not matter who 
you were or what you did for a living. The fist time I went to a casino was with Jim, it was a 
‘private casino’ as one had not opened in Sydney at that stage – it was a very funny night. 
Of recent times I was fortunate to join Jim for a beers at the Forbes Hotel (in Sydney) the 
conversation was always entertaining. 

In my school days I came across a poem (not sure of the name) but it started of like this:
“A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds
And when the weeds begin to grow its like a garden full of snow” …

Jim was the complete opposite of this, he was a man of deeds and this made him very 
special indeed. Recently I came across another poem and this made me think of Jim and 
being a racing man Jim would also like the title. Jim you should be very proud of your ‘Dash’

THE D. . . 

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marianne page
24-Nov-2004
I heard about this website from Andrew Riddick yesterday.Jim actually helped me start 
broking Sri Lanka when I was for a brief spell at CLSA in 1989.He visited Colombo with me in 
1989 and came to my parents home for a meal.Whenever he met me after that he never 
faied to inquire about my parents and my mother especially as she also loves to gamble.He 
also helped me start a broking relationship with CLSA in Sri Lanka after I left Lehmans in 
2001.
My prayers go out to his family.
						
Peter Wilms, The Australian
24-Nov-2004
Laid-back character buoyed by broking

Peter Wilms, The Australian

Below was from the The Australian Newspaper.

November 24, 2004

James Walker
Journalist. Born Scotland, October 5, 1949.
Died Gold Coast, November 8, aged 55.

SOMETIMES we are fortunate enough to meet a character who can truly be described as 
larger than life. Someone who is impossible to forget. 

James Walker was one such character. I first met Jim when he was Melbourne business 
editor of The Australian. It was 1975 and he had been asked by national business editor 
Bryan Frith to run the paper's business bureau in Melbourne. 

At the time, I was director of public affairs for Massey Ferguson, the farm machinery 
manufacturer. Jim had written a story on the company that was unflattering and to which I 
took exception. I rang him and Jim listened attentively to my rambling critique of his story - 
one of his most endearing qualities was to listen carefully to anybody - and then he 
responded. . . 

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Helen Fallow (nee Sutherland)
23-Nov-2004
Dear Elaine & Sophie,

I was very sad to hear the news about Jim and send you both my sincere condolences.  I 
will always be grateful to Jim for giving me my start in the finance business.  That was in 
1984 when he helped set up Crosby Securities in Hong Kong.  He was great fun, a great guy 
to learn from and I have many fond memories of those times.  Jim always had a smile on his 
face and was very supporitive to someone like me just starting out in the business and 
having a lot to learn.  He will be sorely missed.

Helen

   
						
Helen Mostoles
23-Nov-2004
I still remember when Mr. and Mrs. Walker visited me in the hospital in 1997 when I was 
very ill.  When they came I was crying and in great pain.  Mrs. Walker came straight to my 
bed side and tried to comfort me, but Mr. Walker headed to the Nurse's station and looked 
for the doctor incharge, after he talked to the doctor he came to me and game me a pat on 
my shoulder and said "Helen don't worry, we will get you out of here".  That was a simple 
thing for them to do but it meant so much to me that every time I remember it now I can't 
help myself from crying.  Mr. Walker is a good man and a great employer, and now he is 
gone but his memory will always be with me.  I said a prayer specially for you Mr. Walker, 
wherever you are now may you rest in peace.

My sincere condolences to Mrs. Walker, Sophie and the rest of the family.

Helen Mostoles
previous helper in Hong Kong and Singapore
						
Sandra & Stephan Olajide
22-Nov-2004
Dear Elaine,
our profound condolences can never reflect the sense of grief that comes with losing one so 
dear, such an itegral part of ones' life.  Our time spent with you and Jim were mere 
moments, but moments that were, and will remain joyful in our hearts and minds! Our 
thoughts and prayers are with you and dear Sophie as you find your way through this most 
difficult time.
With love, respect, and thoughts of peace,
Stephan & Sandra Olajide-Huesler



						
Sandra & Stephan Olajide
22-Nov-2004
Dear Elaine,
our profound condolences can never reflect the sense of grief that comes with losing one so 
dear, such an itegral part of ones' life.  Our time spent with you and Jim were mere 
moments, but moments that were, and will remain joyful in our hearts and minds! Our 
thoughts and prayers are with you and dear Sophie as you find your way through this most 
difficult time.
With love, respect, and thoughts of peace,
Stephan & Sandra Olajide-Huesler



						
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