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James “Jimbo” B. Rahill
  • August 01, 1963
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  • October 23, 2020

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James “Jimbo” Bernard Rahill, 57, of Fern Park, FL died peacefully in his sleep on Friday October 23, 2020 in Fort Wayne, IN.  Jimbo was born August 1st, 1963 in Quantico, VA at the Naval Hospital to Marion and James Rahill.  The Rahill family settled in Fern Park, FL in 1971 where Jimbo later graduated from Lake Howell High School. Jimbo went on to receive his Master’s Degree from the University of Central Florida and spent his career as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. He was recently contracted to work as a Civilian Mental Health Counselor with the US Navy. He will be remembered as a child of God, a son, brother, friend, husband, father, outdoorsman, musician, entertainer, comforter to the hurting and especially for his gentle “Hippie” spirt. Jimbo is survived by his two adored children, Brendan Rahill and Leah Rahill and the mother of their children, Kim Wilder. His spirit lives on through his children and his large and loving family including his father, James Rahill, brothers, Peter, Michael, Paul and his sister MaryBeth and their spouses. He will be missed dearly by his friends that he has met along the way, since in his eyes, no one ever truly was a stranger.  A Celebration of Life will be held November 14th, 2020 at the home of Paul and Marcia Rahill, 932 Versailles Circle, Maitland FL 32751. We will have an open mic for anyone who wants to share a story. For those who, like Jimbo, are musically talented and would like to play something, bring it! Also, in honor of Jimbo’s “style”, the Family invites you to come dressed VERY casual; shorts, tie-dye or fishing shirts and “dad sandals” or flip flops. This event will be “livestreamed” on Jimbo Rahill’s Facebook page. If sending flowers for the service, flowers should arrive at the above address November 13. Donations, if so inclined, can be made in Jimbo’s memory to “Kids House” (Children’s Advocacy Center) https://www.kidshouse.org/


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  1. 22 Nov 2020
    Mandee Gustavson Loiacono says:
    I was so fond of Jim. He was one of our Peer Counselors at Lake Howell High School. He also helped our faculty members going through grief after he became a licensed mental health counselor. I also felt his special gift was his compassionate and giving nature. It was an honor knowing him. Sincere condolences to all.

  2. 15 Nov 2020
    Gretchen Hobkirk posted an image:
    High school Track. 1981
    High school Track. 1981

  3. 15 Nov 2020
    Gretchen Hobkirk posted an image:
    Jimmy at my graduation.  June 1982
    Jimmy at my graduation. June 1982

  4. 15 Nov 2020
    Gretchen Hobkirk posted an image:
    The “ Loitering gang”    Winnebago trail<br />
Early 80’s
    The “ Loitering gang” Winnebago trail
    Early 80’s

  5. 15 Nov 2020
    Gretchen Hobkirk posted an image:
    Prom 1982
    Prom 1982

  6. 15 Nov 2020
    Gretchen Hobkirk posted an image:
    The “Zoo Crew”. Disney character gang. 81 or 82
    The “Zoo Crew”. Disney character gang. 81 or 82

  7. 14 Nov 2020
    LIsa Wilson lit a candle:
    Lit since November 14, 2020 at 11:07:02 AM

  8. 07 Nov 2020
    Don says:
    I knew "Jimmy" from Lake Howell High School where we ran cross country together back when we were thin and had hair. We became neighbors when my family moved in next door to the Rahills in 1974. My mother still lives next door to "Big Jim." We crossed paths occasionally over the years when I visited my parents. Jimmy never changed. He was always the same laid back guy, never wavering in his nonchalant, happy-go-lucky demeanor. Jimmy's passing comes to me, as I'm sure it does to everyone, a great shock and cause for reflection. As a fellow musician, I am grateful that Jimmy left us with the legacy of his music. Thoughts and prayers to the Rahill family.

  9. 06 Nov 2020
    Don Parker says:
    I knew "Jimmy" from Lake Howell High School where we ran cross country together back when we were thin and had hair. We became neighbors when my family moved in next door to the Rahills in 1974. My mother still lives next door to "Big Jim." We crossed paths occasionally over the years when I visited my parents. Jimmy never changed. He was always the same laid back guy, never wavering in his nonchalant, happy-go-lucky demeanor. Jimmy's passing comes to me, as I'm sure it does to everyone, a great shock and cause for reflection. As a fellow musician, I am grateful that Jimmy left us with the legacy of his music. Thoughts and prayers to the Rahill family.

  10. 05 Nov 2020
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    Lit since November 5, 2020 at 11:22:35 AM

  11. 03 Nov 2020
    Robin Noble says:
    So saddened to hear this news. Jimmy Rahill. Growing up, our older brothers, Steve and Tony, are possibly the reason for our friendship. We so longed to be at their sides that we became the nagging little sister and little brother that got ditched when they could take us no longer. So, left together, we became friends. Exploring the neighborhood and filling in the gaps of boredom with creative ways to fill our time and imagination, we became authentic friends. It’s hard to believe that Tony, Steve and now Jimmy have left us far too soon. The Rahill family were a huge part of the Noble family as we grew up in Fern Park. You are all so dear to our hearts. On behalf of myself and my mother and father, we are sending much love and comfort to this beautiful extended Rahill family as you navigate this great loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  12. 02 Nov 2020
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  15. 01 Nov 2020
    Sophie Hughes says:
    A lovely man- whom came to my open mic night here in the UK a few times. A pleasure to hear you play, and to meet you on those occasions. Such a friendly guy. Warmest wishes and condolences to your family. May you rest in peace x

  16. 01 Nov 2020
    Roy Schram says:
    I met Jim the 25th of February 2014 at an open mic night in Norfolk, UK. I took him with me to play at many open mic nights in Norfolk and Suffolk. Everywhere he came and played he made friends with his warm personality. Jim is and will remain an honorary member of my Buskers Norfolk and Suffolk Facebook group. Sincere condolences to Jim’s family from all his many friends in the United Kingdom. Jim, have a safe journey, wherever you are and wherever you go. In our hearts forever....

  17. 01 Nov 2020
    Josh says:
    I met you in the UK during and open mic night, and he left a great impression on me and anyone he met.
    I am fortunate for the chance to meet you, listen to your music and stories.
    Cheers man!

    Josh

  18. 01 Nov 2020
    Molly Rogers lit a candle:
    Lit since November 1, 2020 at 11:50:46 PM

  19. 01 Nov 2020
    Molly Rogers says:
    He was not Jimbo to me, he was Jimmy! He was a very close friend growing up in the "Winnebago Gang", as I called it, named for the street we all grew up on. He was like the older brother I never had! I remember rushing through dinner and the dishes so I could go out side "loitering" in the neighborhood! I am so grateful for those more innocent times of just hanging out together, walking the street and talking for hours. There were about 8 of us who have known each other since our days at English Estates Elementary and grew up together through high school and college. We had a couple neighborhood reunions through the years, one at the NEW park at the duck pond and one at Jimmy's house where our kids played together. He was a wonderful person with a gentle easy spirit. My heart goes out to his children and family during this time. I will always have those sweet memories. Love you Jimmy!

  20. 31 Oct 2020
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  21. 31 Oct 2020
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  22. 31 Oct 2020
    Andrew Akehurst says:
    Jim, you were a gem. I only met you a handful of times at open mics and festivals but you were always interesting to talk to and a true listener. I was saddened to hear of your untimely passing. See you at the great gig in the sky sometime my friend.

  23. 31 Oct 2020
    Jean Evans says:
    I credit Jim for “saving” my daughter through some tough years after her father died. He helped a lot of youth at MAitland Presbyterian Church and will always be remembered. Prayers for the family.

  24. 31 Oct 2020
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    Lit since October 31, 2020 at 10:29:50 PM

  25. 31 Oct 2020
    Sheila says:
    Jimbo was a light and comfort in a time of great difficulty and sorrow, not only for myself, but for many in the community that he came to support, prior to our feeling the loss of a young man, whose goal was always to make others smile and laugh. Jimbo and I remained distant friends after I left that community. I was excited at the prospect of reuniting, when he was considering returning to that same community, just as I had. For all he was to me and the Grafenwoehr community, I know he shown his light, care kindness, friendliness, compassion, and so much more, on so many other individuals and communities. His loss is felt deeply, but his life, his person, will always be appreciated and remembered fondly. Wishing him a new existence of eternal music and peace...

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  29. 31 Oct 2020
    Griff says:
    Only met you for the one weekend in corner of England, but I’ll keep the memory of great conversation, a few drinks and sharing our love of music/guitar always. Above all, I took away how happy you made people who mean so much to me. Rock on brother. Griff.

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