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James Tench
James Tench
The following are some additional guestbook entries which appeared on the Raleigh News & Observer obituary web site:

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December 6, 2008
My deepest sympathies to everyone in Jim's family at this difficult time.

I worked with Jim on the PS/1 computer for IBM back in Lexington, Kentucky in the early 90's. We also made the move to Raleigh together and as I recall worked for a few years on the Aptiva line that followed - me still a "wet-behind-the-ears" product manager and Jim already a veteran IBM electrical engineer.

Jim was great to work with and I learned so much from him on those heady early days of personal computers. He was always the main guy to go to when it came to the PC sound card and speaker issues. When we had to make decisions about which technology or vendor to use, he always brought a wonderful pragmatism (and sense of humor) to every discussion - along with a good dose of that West Virginia charm of his.

And when pushed to pull off some engineering miracle in a short amount of time (or save cost on the project) he would grumble and say it was impossible - but like Scotty on Star Trek he always seemed to come through, getting the job done early and for less cost than expected. He had that way about him. For that reason and many others I have to say that he was really one of the finest engineers I ever knew. It was definitely my privilege to have known and worked with him.

While I am unable to make it to the services this morning, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you deal with Jim's passing. I'm sure he's in a better place looking down and smiling upon all of us.

My sincerest sympathies to you all.
Bill Holtshouser (Raleigh, NC)

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December 1, 2008
Dear Cynthia and family,
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved husband. You have faithfully been by his side through these challenging years and were no doubt a great comfort to him. May God's comfort and grace see you through the days ahead!

Love, Elizabeth Best
Elizabeth Best (Durham, NC)

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December 1, 2008
I worked with Jim at IBM in Lexington Kentucky. He was passionate about his work, highly competent, occasionally cantankerous, with a great sense of humor and great to be around. I have good memories of working alongside him. My sincere sympathies to his friends and family for this loss.

John Swansey

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November 30, 2008
To Family,

So sorry to hear his passing but he is in a better place now. I know Emily and my prayers are with you all.

Lane Howell (Greensboro, NC)

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Posted by,
Janet Clark
Janet Clark
Dear Cindy, James, and Michael,

David and I were so sad to hear of Jim's passing. We, too, had followed his progress weekly through James' updates, and were glad when he moved to rehab from the hospital. I know he was so strong mentally and physically, and he fought hard, but there were just too many obstacles.

I lost my mother at the end of October at the age of 83. It was hard to give her up, but it was the best for her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Take care.

Sincerely, Janet Clark
Sloan Carroll
Sloan Carroll
Mrs. Tench and family,

Duke and I are so sad to hear of your great loss. We followed Mr. Tench's high and lows each day and we were so excited to learn he was headed to rehab. But God had another plan. God wanted him home. Take comfort in knowing that your Jim is now your guardian angel. Please let either Duke or me know if you need anything. Laugher, a hot meal, or even a shoulder to cry on. We are here for you. God bless you all!

Your neighbors,

Sloan Carroll and Duke Bevard
Anna Millar
Anna Millar
Dear Cynthia, James, Kesslyn, Riley and Ashley,

We have all been inspired by the beautiful stories of your wonderful family over the past several days, weeks, months. I felt Jim's presence in the Montessori classroom today as the children sang the beautiful songs of Thanksgiving that Ms. Tench has taught them over the past several weeks. It is comforting to think that he will forever more be a guardian angel looking over all of you where ever you may go. Know that we are all thinking of you.

With Love,

Anna, Jamey, Ben, Chris, Ally and Will Millar
Margaret Devetski
Margaret Devetski
Dear James,

You have opened your heart and life to us all so generously and we mourn with you today at the loss of your wonderful Father. I am certain your Father is with you all now filled with peace and an enormous sense of pride for the gift that is his family. As you and your family's journeys here continue your Father will be the guardian for you all. Please thank Kesslyn for coming in yesterday and today...I'm sure I don't have to tell you what an amazing woman she is.

With love and prayers,
Margaret
Lee Colhoun
Lee Colhoun
Dear Cynthia, James, Michael & all the family,

We extend our hearts to you in deepest sympathy now & days to come. We shared your prayer by St. Augustine Monday & we continue it today thanking God for his love that continues to surround Jim and all of you. May the light of our Lord's presence comfort you & bring you peace.

"Rest your weary ones, Bless your dying ones, soothe your suffering ones...

All for your love's sake." Amen (St. Augustine)

With love,

Lee & Bruce Colhoun
Sloan Carroll
Sloan Carroll
Mrs. Tench and family,

Duke and I are so sad to hear of your great loss. We followed Mr. Tench's high and lows each day and we were so excited to learn he was headed to rehab. But God had another plan. God wanted him home. Take comfort in knowing that your Jim is now your guardian angel. Please let either Duke or me know if you need anything. Laugher, a hot meal, or even a shoulder to cry on. We are here for you. God bless you all!

Your neighbors,

Sloan Carroll and Duke Bevard
Margaret Devetski
Margaret Devetski
Dear James,

You have opened your heart and life to us all so generously and we mourn with you today at the loss of your wonderful Father. I am certain your Father is with you all now filled with peace and an enormous sense of pride for the gift that is his family. As you and your family's journeys here continue your Father will be the guardian for you all. Please thank Kesslyn for coming in yesterday and today...I'm sure I don't have to tell you what an amazing woman she is.

With love and prayers,
Margaret
James Tench
James Tench
The following are some additional guestbook entries which appeared on the Raleigh News & Observer obituary web site:

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December 6, 2008
My deepest sympathies to everyone in Jim's family at this difficult time.

I worked with Jim on the PS/1 computer for IBM back in Lexington, Kentucky in the early 90's. We also made the move to Raleigh together and as I recall worked for a few years on the Aptiva line that followed - me still a "wet-behind-the-ears" product manager and Jim already a veteran IBM electrical engineer.

Jim was great to work with and I learned so much from him on those heady early days of personal computers. He was always the main guy to go to when it came to the PC sound card and speaker issues. When we had to make decisions about which technology or vendor to use, he always brought a wonderful pragmatism (and sense of humor) to every discussion - along with a good dose of that West Virginia charm of his.

And when pushed to pull off some engineering miracle in a short amount of time (or save cost on the project) he would grumble and say it was impossible - but like Scotty on Star Trek he always seemed to come through, getting the job done early and for less cost than expected. He had that way about him. For that reason and many others I have to say that he was really one of the finest engineers I ever knew. It was definitely my privilege to have known and worked with him.

While I am unable to make it to the services this morning, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you deal with Jim's passing. I'm sure he's in a better place looking down and smiling upon all of us.

My sincerest sympathies to you all.
Bill Holtshouser (Raleigh, NC)

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December 1, 2008
Dear Cynthia and family,
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved husband. You have faithfully been by his side through these challenging years and were no doubt a great comfort to him. May God's comfort and grace see you through the days ahead!

Love, Elizabeth Best
Elizabeth Best (Durham, NC)

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December 1, 2008
I worked with Jim at IBM in Lexington Kentucky. He was passionate about his work, highly competent, occasionally cantankerous, with a great sense of humor and great to be around. I have good memories of working alongside him. My sincere sympathies to his friends and family for this loss.

John Swansey

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November 30, 2008
To Family,

So sorry to hear his passing but he is in a better place now. I know Emily and my prayers are with you all.

Lane Howell (Greensboro, NC)

--------------------------------------


Posted by,
Janet Clark
Janet Clark
Dear Cindy, James, and Michael,

David and I were so sad to hear of Jim's passing. We, too, had followed his progress weekly through James' updates, and were glad when he moved to rehab from the hospital. I know he was so strong mentally and physically, and he fought hard, but there were just too many obstacles.

I lost my mother at the end of October at the age of 83. It was hard to give her up, but it was the best for her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Take care.

Sincerely, Janet Clark
Anna Millar
Anna Millar
Dear Cynthia, James, Kesslyn, Riley and Ashley,

We have all been inspired by the beautiful stories of your wonderful family over the past several days, weeks, months. I felt Jim's presence in the Montessori classroom today as the children sang the beautiful songs of Thanksgiving that Ms. Tench has taught them over the past several weeks. It is comforting to think that he will forever more be a guardian angel looking over all of you where ever you may go. Know that we are all thinking of you.

With Love,

Anna, Jamey, Ben, Chris, Ally and Will Millar
Lee Colhoun
Lee Colhoun
Dear Cynthia, James, Michael & all the family,

We extend our hearts to you in deepest sympathy now & days to come. We shared your prayer by St. Augustine Monday & we continue it today thanking God for his love that continues to surround Jim and all of you. May the light of our Lord's presence comfort you & bring you peace.

"Rest your weary ones, Bless your dying ones, soothe your suffering ones...

All for your love's sake." Amen (St. Augustine)

With love,

Lee & Bruce Colhoun
Janet Clark
Janet Clark
Dear Cindy, James, and Michael,

David and I were so sad to hear of Jim's passing. We, too, had followed his progress weekly through James' updates, and were glad when he moved to rehab from the hospital. I know he was so strong mentally and physically, and he fought hard, but there were just too many obstacles.

I lost my mother at the end of October at the age of 83. It was hard to give her up, but it was the best for her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Take care.

Sincerely, Janet Clark
Lee Colhoun
Lee Colhoun
Dear Cynthia, James, Michael & all the family,

We extend our hearts to you in deepest sympathy now & days to come. We shared your prayer by St. Augustine Monday & we continue it today thanking God for his love that continues to surround Jim and all of you. May the light of our Lord's presence comfort you & bring you peace.

"Rest your weary ones, Bless your dying ones, soothe your suffering ones...

All for your love's sake." Amen (St. Augustine)

With love,

Lee & Bruce Colhoun
James Tench
James Tench
The following are some additional guestbook entries which appeared on the Raleigh News & Observer obituary web site:

--------------------------------------

December 6, 2008
My deepest sympathies to everyone in Jim's family at this difficult time.

I worked with Jim on the PS/1 computer for IBM back in Lexington, Kentucky in the early 90's. We also made the move to Raleigh together and as I recall worked for a few years on the Aptiva line that followed - me still a "wet-behind-the-ears" product manager and Jim already a veteran IBM electrical engineer.

Jim was great to work with and I learned so much from him on those heady early days of personal computers. He was always the main guy to go to when it came to the PC sound card and speaker issues. When we had to make decisions about which technology or vendor to use, he always brought a wonderful pragmatism (and sense of humor) to every discussion - along with a good dose of that West Virginia charm of his.

And when pushed to pull off some engineering miracle in a short amount of time (or save cost on the project) he would grumble and say it was impossible - but like Scotty on Star Trek he always seemed to come through, getting the job done early and for less cost than expected. He had that way about him. For that reason and many others I have to say that he was really one of the finest engineers I ever knew. It was definitely my privilege to have known and worked with him.

While I am unable to make it to the services this morning, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you deal with Jim's passing. I'm sure he's in a better place looking down and smiling upon all of us.

My sincerest sympathies to you all.
Bill Holtshouser (Raleigh, NC)

--------------------------------------

December 1, 2008
Dear Cynthia and family,
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved husband. You have faithfully been by his side through these challenging years and were no doubt a great comfort to him. May God's comfort and grace see you through the days ahead!

Love, Elizabeth Best
Elizabeth Best (Durham, NC)

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December 1, 2008
I worked with Jim at IBM in Lexington Kentucky. He was passionate about his work, highly competent, occasionally cantankerous, with a great sense of humor and great to be around. I have good memories of working alongside him. My sincere sympathies to his friends and family for this loss.

John Swansey

--------------------------------------

November 30, 2008
To Family,

So sorry to hear his passing but he is in a better place now. I know Emily and my prayers are with you all.

Lane Howell (Greensboro, NC)

--------------------------------------


Posted by,
Sloan Carroll
Sloan Carroll
Mrs. Tench and family,

Duke and I are so sad to hear of your great loss. We followed Mr. Tench's high and lows each day and we were so excited to learn he was headed to rehab. But God had another plan. God wanted him home. Take comfort in knowing that your Jim is now your guardian angel. Please let either Duke or me know if you need anything. Laugher, a hot meal, or even a shoulder to cry on. We are here for you. God bless you all!

Your neighbors,

Sloan Carroll and Duke Bevard
Anna Millar
Anna Millar
Dear Cynthia, James, Kesslyn, Riley and Ashley,

We have all been inspired by the beautiful stories of your wonderful family over the past several days, weeks, months. I felt Jim's presence in the Montessori classroom today as the children sang the beautiful songs of Thanksgiving that Ms. Tench has taught them over the past several weeks. It is comforting to think that he will forever more be a guardian angel looking over all of you where ever you may go. Know that we are all thinking of you.

With Love,

Anna, Jamey, Ben, Chris, Ally and Will Millar
Margaret Devetski
Margaret Devetski
Dear James,

You have opened your heart and life to us all so generously and we mourn with you today at the loss of your wonderful Father. I am certain your Father is with you all now filled with peace and an enormous sense of pride for the gift that is his family. As you and your family's journeys here continue your Father will be the guardian for you all. Please thank Kesslyn for coming in yesterday and today...I'm sure I don't have to tell you what an amazing woman she is.

With love and prayers,
Margaret