message from Jims family
this very sad time in our lives it was
nice to read all your kind messages
A special thanks to Mick and the
rest of the crew for attending Jims
funeral and coming back to the house
after, thank you all for your kind words
about Jim. I have listened to the
song from Dave White and it touched my
Jim is sadly missed by his family but
will forever remain with us, as Jim
lives on in his son Jamie.
would like to take this opportunity to
say thank you to you all.
& Mick during the USA 2001 tour
a very sad time in the “Heep” camp as
Jim “Jimbo” Hughes passed away on the
30th December 2001. As you all know Jim
was my Guitar Technician and the bands
Stage Manager for over 15years. Jim worked
so very hard for the success of the band
and he will be missed terribly. I know Jim
would say but Mick “ the show has to go
on “ and it will, but I must say that
Jim’s driving force, sense of humour,
story telling , and just plain old Jim
will be missed more than words can say at
this moment. We have travelled through
good times, not so good times and some bad
times and it must go on record that having
a person like Jim on your side you always
felt you would pull through. He had an
infectious positivity about him that made
things happen when you really thought they
would not. I will miss my cups of tea with
him at the sound checks and so much more
,the smile on guitar changes the laugh’s
on and off stage will forever remain in my
memory. Whenever I had friends or family
with me at shows they always had a good
word to say about Jim as he treated
everybody with the same courteous respect.
Suffice to say that the character of the
man is that he joined the band first as a
guitar technician and then became a friend
second and I would have to say that he
soon became a friend first and a guitar
will be sadly missed by his family, me ,
the band, our crew and to be quite honest
anyone who crossed his path.
he now rest in peace and one things for
sure he will always be in our hearts
so ‘Appy Days
was the one person who would make things
happen, when all around people would be
looking, he'd be doing. The American tour
was one of lifes highlights and I'll miss
his company and humour , the
"spandau's" will never be the
same, and I'm sure all of you with
pictures of yourself with Mick and the
boys will probably find Jim's grin peering
over the top! We always joked we were
twins - separated at birth, now we're
separated by death , but his memory will
live on with me forever.
My deepest sympathy to all those who were
touched by his love and warmth,
"cheesy peas" Owen.
Try not to be sad that jim passed on but
be happy that he lived and
gave us great memorys of a great guy
Jimmy Joe USA
sympathy to Jim's family, I will miss the
laughs, the stories, and the
so sorry to hear the news of Jim's
passing. I did have the pleasure of
meeting him this past year when Heep was
on their USA tour. I couldn't have met a
nicer, kinder, more friendlier person
then he. I'm sure he will be with us all
in memory and spirit. My condolences to
Jim's family, Mick and the band.
sorry for the loss of Mr. Jim Hughes. I
feel so sad that
such a young and hard working man has to
be gone at the
height of his life. My sincere sympathies
are with his
family, friends and members & crew of
Uriah Heep. Please
allow me to pray in our traditional way.
had the opportunity to meet Jim in Graz
and Vienna in Nov 1998 and he was such a
warm, nice person. Uriah Heep will miss
him, and we will all miss him.
condolences to all of Mr. Hughes' family
life is such a
awesome combination of expierences and
emotion , yet
often so short. i never
met Jim face to face ,only watched as he
handled the guitar tech
position. as a guitar player
myself i have such respect for those
knowledgeable enough to do this (
especially one as talented as Mick Box !
). this only reminds me of our
need to know Jesus as saviour - i wandered
alone for years until i met
my salvation. it is my hope and prayer Jim
is in heaven
today and there is a great rejoycing. my
deepest sympathy to all who are
hurting so badly
at this time - i will keep you all in my
Nelson - Waupaca
In the words
of God we are all one! Jim
is a part of us all and will never be
lost. Jim is not gone, but has
only changed form.
Once you understand that you never die,
but only change form, the passing of
someone close is not too difficult to
accept. Jim is in a happy place,
and it is his choice to come back again
or stay in the realm of the absolute.
Either way, it is Jim,s choice.
God has blessed the soul of Jim, as he
has blessed all of us. The show
will go on and fortunately we have no
Love to all:
Marty Kane Grand Blanc
really saddened to hear the news about
another Heep family members passing.
My condolences go out to Jims family,
the band and anyone who knew and
loved him and his work.
May God Bless Byron Hill
, when things happen like this, life
"sucks ". It's hard to
lose such good friend. In so many
years I come to the concert we
always chat with eachother and I
know how important he was for you
guys. Let's hope he's in peace now
and " Flying with Angels "
am really saddened to hear the news
about another Heep family members
passing. My condolences go out to
Jims family, the band and anyone who
knew and loved him and his work.
Lee, Trevor, Phil and Bernie,
While I never had the pleasure of meeting
Jim, I can tell he meant a lot to
you all. And I know he must have been a
great guy. My sympathy goes out to
his family and you, his friends.
met Jim the first time in Norway ' 95,
and he instantly picked out my wife,
Colleen to be a "Kiwi".
a very open and easy to talk to guy.
We'll miss him too.
I am so sorry not only for you,
But also for his family.Never got to
meet him But it's God's Gain. An old
Baptist Preacher Once told me Whenever
you hear Music you'll see an Angel and
whenever you see an Angel you'll Hear
in Piece Jimbo!!!!
Almeida de Oliveira
loss of Jim makes us feel sad as we lost
a very dear friend. We're glad that he
is out of the pain now. But some things
will never be the same again. Jim will
always have a very special place in our
time some of US goes in another world
it is very sad and leaves inside of our
heart an endless void, that we may
fill only with the memories.
I will never forget you, Jim, also if I
never knew you.
all American heepsters; bon voyage, Jimbo!
was a diamond guy, gone but never
loss of a friend can only be measured in
the memories of his life. For
all of you, we're sure a bit of the past
will come rushing in, every time
you take the stage. Our deepest
sympathies are there with you.
only met Jim "properly" on two
occasions - in Peterborough on two
successive tours. But he was one of
those guys whom you didn't need to be
with for more than a mintue to know what
a sincere, kind and fun person he
was. My condolences to his family, and
to his close friends.
Dear Mick ,The
Band and crew,and friends and family of
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of
you.My girlfriend Brigitte and
I met all of you
during this past summer at two of the
shows in Chicago.Jim was a perfect
fit for a band
consisting of such geniune people as
yourselves.We know his talent and
be truely missed and remembered forever.
So sorry to hear it,
i'm so sorry to
hear of the loss of your close friend.
as a long time fan of
the band it's always sad to lose a
member of the heep family. i saw the
at the greek theatre gig and i can
remember seeing jim on the side of the
stage helping mick out. i know how it
feels to lose someone close, i lost my
father last year
Jimbo . We will miss you badly my friend.
Your big smile, the bear
hugs, the good stories, both from Uriah
Heep and also from your time with
Katherina and the waves. You, telling us
about your place in France, the
excellent red wine, I could go on forever.
There is an empty space in the
Heep familiy now, a space that no one can
fill. Rest in peace Jim. I know
you are up there, looking down at us with
a big grin together with the rest
of those who are sadly missed. Our
thoughts goes to Sandra and the rest of
Egil & Marianne Bokn
met in nürnberg after you got the
platinum records. We just spoke some
words and then he gave me and a friend of
mine to talk to the band. I
remember him as an very nice and friendly
man. we will miss him and his
smiling when he give another guitar to
Rest in peace
will always remember Jim because i am
always chasing mick for plectums who
always had one for me Jim
humour obviously great technitian
paul rickard [ toon army]
are very sorry, that Jimbo past away and
we hope, that he will find peace.
Pierre H. Schulze und Sabine V. Schulze
thoughts and prayers are with Jim's
friends and family, as well as the
entire Heep family, during this time of
& Lisa Kelly
have only just learned the news about
Jim. We only got to know Jim briefly and
when he was very ill but he was one of
life's gentlemen. He was very much a
part of the Heep team that we have come
to know and it will not be the same
without him. To his family, Sandra and
to everyone in the Heep team we send our
deepest sympathy. Sometimes life just
doesn't seem fair.
Hughes was a member of Uriah Heep.
Maybe he didn't perform on stage with
the guys, but he lived through the ups
and downs, the good and the bad, just as
much. Jim exhibited the professionalism
and friendliness which are Heep
hallmarks. One of the highlights of the
2001 tour was Jim's friendship.
Jim's smiling face and his bear hug
always welcomed me and Bobbie
to the next gig location. Some special memories
include: Jim and Charlie working
together to get the sound just right;
Mick getting Jim to help finish off yet
another pitcher of beer before we could
go back to the hotel; Jim escorting an
overzealous female off stage in
Scranton, when she got up to dance in
front of Mick; Jim's special effort in
making sure we knew where the after gig
party was in Henderson, NV; Jim handing
the guitars and picks to Mick; and
last the hug in LA . Jim I will miss you
and always keep you near to my heart.
was one of those guys you could sit and
talk to. We were fortunate to become
friends with Jim in the summer of 2001.
I asked Jim what he like to do when he
wasn't tuning guitars. He told me he
liked to read. And, at that time he was
reading the Harry Potter books because
those books were "easy
reading." Jim was a deep thinker
and read books such as the rise and fall
of some extinct empire. We sat in the
shade of a tree in Sioux City. His eyes
glistened and a gentle breeze tossed his
short gray hair as he explained the
details of how his house overlooked the
water and how he was looking forward to
remodeling. He asked me if I knew that
his hair had been long, down his back,
before he became sick. Jim said
"You wouldn't believe that I was
big." Jim, my heart weeps for you
and you'll never know how much you will
be missed. Here's a hug coming your
only spoke to him briefly one time, Jim
of the team. Whether it was
escorting a dancing fan
the stage, helping Mick change guitars
or frantically trying to restore sound
after Mick blew
amp in Pittsburgh. He was doing
work to help make
Uriah Heep show special.
will be missed.
would just like to say that although I did
not get to meet Jim; He was
lucky enough to have had the job that any
Heep fan would have LOVED to
have. It seems that he touched many lives
in a positive way and our
thoughts and prayers are with Mick; Jim's
family & friends.
I feel real bad for the loss of jim, it
is a sad time when you lose a friend and
a good stage hand, but just as you say,
he would want the show to go on, and you
also should know that you made his life
aloght better, just as he made yours
better, just remember that God has a
plan for all of us, and you will indeed
see jim again someday Hang in there
Mic the band and the rest of the crew
David and Crystal Leaming
was lucky enough to see Uriah Heep in
Santa Fe NM
this past summer. It was a very
remember seeing Jim working with Mick to
sound..just right...and it was. I never
knew the man
but I know the work he did and I know that
band will miss him...I'm so sorry for the
band and all
of us who heard his influence.
sad to hear of the passing of Jim ...
We had the big luck to know Jim over 7
we never forget him. Gone, but ever in
Rest in peace.
We wish Jim's family, friends and the
band with crew
much Power in this terrible time ...
girls from Liechtenstein
Simone and Elisabeth
met Jim on the 1993 tour in Buffalo,
NY. I have pictures of him in his
"URIAH WHO?" shirt. A very
nice man. My deepest sympathy,
has already been mentioned, I don't
know if Jim was on the U. S. tour, but
I did notice all of the great work
going on behind the scenes at the show
I saw in Minnesota, including the
guitar changes. I agree that it
is sad to lose any member of the Heep
family. There is no doubt that
Mick and the rest of the band care for them
and their fans a great deal.
sympathy and best wishes to you all.
Hope to see you again soon.
sorry to hear about Jim. A true heepster
rest in peace my friend. Thinking of you
all at this sad time.
the stage now seems a lot emptier without
the ever affable presence of Jim. Here and
there with the gaffer tape, ready with the
next guitar. Patient while the fans were
impatient. Jim wasn't just part of the
crew, he was part of the family and he
made you feel like part of the family as
well. Jim was very professional in his
work, but always had that sense of humour
to prevent things becoming too serious and
make him a very approachable bloke. All
Heep fans have lost a great friend. That
flashlight from the side of the stage
will be dimmer now.