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Ross George
06-Nov-2006
Its now about 2
years since we lost
Jim and yet another
thing he was
responsible for was
the gathering of his
old school buddies
from Canley Vale
Public School and
Cabramatta High. A
number of us have
been in touch since
his passing and it
is at this time of
year we think about
him and the fond
memories we had. If
only he could look
down on us to see
the influence he had
on us both from
school and his later
working life.
To Elaine and
Sophie, Alex and the
rest of his family,
I hope that you have
all been able to
continue your lives
in a positive manner
as Jim would have
wanted, but also now
be able to reflect
on such a wonderful
man who I knew since
we were 2
mischievous 4 year
olds.
						
Le Trong Nhi
27-Oct-2006
TWO FIFTY SOMETHING


TWO FIFTY SOMETHING... YES THE TWO.
TOO LITTLE? NO! 
TOO BIG? NO! 
THE WAY? YES – TOGETHER THEY SAID.

TWO FIFTY SOMETHING... YES THE TWO
BAD TIME? YES!
GOOD TIME? YES!
THE FACE? NO – TOGETHER THEY DID.

TWO FIFTY SOMETHING... YES THE TWO
55 GOODBYE!
52 GOODBYE!
GOODBYE! YES – TOGETHER THEY GOODBYE.

SO SOON MY FRIENDS SO SOON
THOSE DAYS... THOSE DREAMS... THOSE TWO
SO SOON MY FRIENDS SO SOON
THOSE DAYS...THOSE DREAMS... ARE HERE... BUT THOSE TWO.

55 GOODBYE
HANOI... SAIGON... VIETNAM
52 GOOD BYE
VIETNAM... SAIGON... HANOI.

SO SOON TO SEE SO SOON
GOODBYE SO SOON MY FRIENDS
THOSE DREAMS ARE HERE BUT THOSE TWO
GOODBYE... THANK YOU... GOODBYE.

Saigon City, 27 October 2006
Le Trong Nhi

In rememberance of Jim Walker and Gary Coull for their guts to take my nuts in Viet Nam of 
those rough days 1990-1992. Yes, they are the two. Right Jonathan Sloan?

						
Tim Cook USA
26-Oct-2006
Dear Elaine,

I was  sad to hear the news about Jim and I have been meaning to write you for sometime. 
I just found this website. Please accept my condolences.  I 
will always be grateful to Jim for hiring me.  I was a student at Chinese University, clueless 
and living in HK. I joined Jim at Crosby in Hong Kong in January of 1985. More importantly, 
he invited me to open the London office with him. It was the two of us in small office. His 
mentoring really moved me forward in my confidence and knowledge about the business.

By coincidence or not, my wife has relatives named Walker and hence our son is named 
James Walker Cook.

Sincerely,

Tim

						
Elaine Walker
23-Nov-2005
It's a year since Jim died and although the time has flown in one way, it's been a reflective 
lifetime in another. While we all miss him terribly there are moments when we have a wry 
smile or a goosebump of pride about the way his life was lived and the quiet way he went 
about being a decent man. The Jim Walker Foundation has swung into action ­ providing 
tangible assistance for girls in Vietnam so that they can advance from the limitations of a 
primary school education into high school. As you know, compulsory education in Vietnam 
only goes as far as primary school for girls ­ but now there are 100 direct beneficiaries of the 
Jim Walker Foundation. The Jim Walker 100 -­ let¹s call it that because although it sounds like 
a stock index, it has a human value that is beyond measurement ­ represents the chance of 
a lifetime for these young girls from a Vietnamese village. The programme is being run in 
conjunction with the respected organization, A Room to Read (

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Sophie Walker
11-Oct-2005
I would just like to say that i have recently finished my autobiography which was our project 
at school for term three. Writing this has made me feel sad but also i realise how great and 
caring my dad was. For example when Mum got mad at me Dad would ALWAYS take my side 
unless.... it was about picking up Molly's (our old dog) poo in the garden!!!!

I LOVE MY DAD FOR HE WAS THE GRATEST DAD EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
						
Elvie Gilbert
05-Feb-2005
It is always a joy
to get mail from
Sophie, my little
princess.  My
husband can tell
from the look on my
face how happy I am
while opening
Sophie’s mail. 
After almost five
years Sophie still
remembers me, her
Yaya.  But today is
different … I am
shocked, angry, and
can’t help but cry.
 Why Jim?  It is not
a surprise to me
that many people
love and adore Jim.
 I can only say that
he is the best
employer I ever had.

For the angel that
Sophie painted for
her Daddy, I see it
in two different
ways.  Jim, as a
angel to his family
and friends.  For
Elaine, there will
always be an angel
who surrounds her
with love – Sophie,
Edwin, Nigel, and
her parents.  I am
blessed where I am
now and realize how
blessed I am that I
had a chance to meet
the Walker and Lucas
families.

Elaine and Sophie,
you will always be
in my thoughts.

Yaya Elvie

						
Elaine Walker
16-Jan-2005
We have just arrived in Sydney after a “long journey” which included our move from the 
Gold Coast, a trip to Hong Kong, the exploration of Cambodia and Myanmar, and skiing in 
Canada.

The memorial soiree at the FCC in Hong Kong was simply magnificent (I've attached the 
speech) and we can never thank you enough – Angelique, Gary, Edwin – and all 
of you 
for 
being there.

The next day we flew to Siem Reap and followed in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie, Tomb 
Raider. As we discovered the magnificent ruins of Angkor, the parallels with Angelina were 
undeniable - she has a great body, a gorgeous child and an interesting life . . .
A sad note, however, was the plight of the land mine victims who appear to be increasingly 
forgotten.

On to Myanmar, where we stayed in the colonial opulence of the Strand Hotel in Yangon, 
marvelled at the temples of Pagan from hot-air balloons and reflected on life as our 
luxurious. . . 

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Elaine Walker
16-Jan-2005
Friends – where would I be without you

First, let me say some special thankyous: Gary (what more can I say – you're the best); 
Edwin (you are the very best, brother); CLSA and in particular Angelique - Jim always felt 
you did such a wonderful job and tonight is no exception – thankyou.
Also to my three wonderful speechwriters Alice, Bobbie and Heather.
And, of course, a big thankyou to you lot.

People talk about the circles of life - 22 years ago today Jim and I were married in St John’s 
Cathedral and held our wedding reception here at the FCC. Many of you here tonight were 
there as well.

We now talk of "partners" and Jim was definitely the managing director of our relationship. 
In the words of an 11 year old, "Thirty-two sleeps later, we still miss him very much."
How true the saying about time flying and in my moments of grief, I wish I had smelt more 
roses, seen more sunrises and hadn't nagged so much - or maybe nagged even more!
Jim and I fulfilled many of . . . 

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For Jim Walker - A life lived and loved
11-Jan-2005
Memorial at the Foreign Correspondents Club
December 11, 2004 Hong Kong

Good evening everyone and thanks for coming tonight for the Hong Kong wake in memory 
of Jim Walker... friend, colleague, mentor, brother, husband and father... as you know, Jim 
died a few weeks ago in Australia after a brief illness. His passing, while shocking and 
sudden, was painless and peaceful and allowed proper closure between Jim and his family... 
something death does not always accommodate. Jim was also told of the many hundreds of 
well wishers who prayed for him and he took comfort in knowing so many people were 
thinking of him and his family during those difficult days and final hours in November.

After Jim died, Elaine made the decision to celebrate Jim’s life in as upbeat and positive 
manner as possible. Knowing Jim’s lifelong love of horseracing and his non-religious nature, 
the idea of hold a racing wake for him at Australia’s Gold Coast Turf Club and scattering 
some of his as. . . 

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Andy & Jan Homden
05-Jan-2005
Dear Elaine & Sophie, 
                                  Two or three years ago, Jan & I were wandering the streets of HK (as 
you do) on our most recent visit. We were  'between shops' in the general vicinity of 
Wyndham Street, somewhere off on a side street. As has happened before, I was 
tiring . . . . 

Somewhere from the crowd behind emerged that familiar voice of gravel at some volume -
 'Hey Homden, what are you doing here??' The faint hope of a cooling beer crossed my 
mind. It was none other than your man, who emerged from the  middle distance and 
hastened to catch us up. It must have been a good few years since we had met up - 
possibly as long ago as 1988,  but the conversation flowed and we were able to update 
each other on what had happened since! It was good just to chat. 

The next appoinments called, and we went our ways. It's just a little cameo image of Jim - 
one of several - that came straight to my mind when I learned of your sad news. Another 
wa. . . 

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