by Anura Guruge
I just saw the obituary.
I was devastated.
Of course we knew he was ill and had cancer.
Yes, we knew it was ‘aggressive’.
We never thought it would be this quick.
We feel a tremendous loss.
He was my eye doctor since 2001 when I met him at Laconia Rotary.
He was Deanna’s eye doctor since we got married in 2003.
He is the ONLY eye doctor the two kids have known.
He was SO GOOD to them.
Many years ago Devanee got a minor paper cut in her eye at school
— in Gilford.
The school wanted us to take her to an optometrist.
It was like 2pm in the afternoon.
Jim saw her immediately.
It was late, past 5pm. But he spent so much time.
And I think he REFUSED to bill us!
That was Jim.
Jim was very good to us.
He liked my pope books.
We would always chat.
As I said, exactly a year ago, I consider him THE BEST
optometrist in central New Hampshire,
and as that post explains I am no stranger to
good eye doctors having had ones in London’s famed Harley Street
and Boston’s Boylston Street.
I also have had eye doctors in Nashua, Manchester and Concord.
Dr. James Eakin was good,
a very, very good man.
He was quite the man.
He did so much good.
True, salt of the Earth.
Jim will be truly missed — but remembered and commemorated with affection and respect.