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Brian Ship

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James Royal Huddleston in Memorandom
« on: March 04, 2005, 07:17:35 pm »

In Memoriam: John Huddleston, General Manager and the hart and soul of Upstating, Inc., has tragically lost his Son, James Royal Huddleston.  We all feel for his loss to an extreme and cannot express our own sympathies to our own father of where we find our home to an extent necessary to convey our sympathy.  This was a great kid in being the perfect son and was taken far too soon.  If possible, please send consonances and support to him and his wife/mother Debbie in their time of need. & They are the soul of our company and this is a tragic loss both to us and them.  Beyond this, and the below written by others, I cannot express my own grievance in this matter sufficiently.
“Please join Reed Rigging, Inc. In honoring James Royal Huddleston with a donation to a cause close to James:
James Royal Huddleston Sports and Scholarship Fund
c/o Harris Bank
205 West Northwest Hwy.
Palatine, IL 60067

Talented swimmer, golfer, and top student in his class
February 28, 2005
Ask any friend or family member of Jaymes Huddleston, and they'll tell you he was Superman incognito. He was
the brilliant kid who didn't flaunt it. The athlete who took winning and losing in stride. "he wasn't stressed. He
wasn't worried. He was positive. When he'd fail, he'd say 'This is how I'm gonna fix it.' He was my hero", said
his father, John.

Jaymes, 17, was found dead Saturday, Feb. 26, at a swimming teammate's house in Hoffman Estates after a
sleepover Friday night. They were getting ready to cheer on friends at the state swimming meet in Winnetka. The
Cook County medical examiner's office said the cause of death was under investigation. His father said Jaymes
had complained of chest pains earlier in the week.

Checking in at 6 feet, 170 pounds, Jaymes was good at everything he touched. For one, he was a bullet in the
swimming pool. He was tops in his senior class at Fremd High School in Palatine. He could juggle four balls at onceand had a golf swing as sweet as sugar.

Academics always came easy for Jaymes, but he still worked hard in school, his father said. He never received
less than an A at Fremd, his father said. On Friday, Jaymes Huddleston was named one of 10 National Merit
Scholar finalists at Fremd. He was ranked No. 1 academically in his class, with a grade point average of 4.78.
"When people hear that he was No. 1 in his class, they'd be shocked," his father said. "He was so modest." He was
accepted at MIT, Notre Dame and the University of Illinois. Jaymes was to interview with Yale's admission staff as
he had done with Harvard. "He had a quiet confidence about him, a very modest young man," said Fremd Principal
Marina Scott. "I can't say enough about him. He was a great influence on others."

When he wasn't studying or watching ESPN, Jaymes could probably be found practicing at the school's swimming
pool at 6 a.m. each day. This past season, he was undefeated in the breast stroke in the Mid-Suburban League and
led Fremd to the conference championship. His relay team missed state qualifying for the 200-meter medley by
0.01 seconds. Even when he missed out on competing in the state swim meet, he went home optimistic, comparing
NCAA race times with his own and figuring out how he could get to the next level, his father said. "He was a happy
kid," said his coach, Paul Reeff. "He was pretty much good at everything he did. We're very lucky to have had
Jaymes for the years we had him. It's a loss for the world."

And if Jaymes Huddleston wasn't in a swimming pool, he could probably be found on a golf course. During his
freshman year at Fremd, he was one of the last to try out for the golf team. The coaches planned to have 12 players
and had filled all the roster spots. After he tried out, they made room for a 13th. A year later, he was on the varsity squad.

Jaymes even restored a 1941 Ford tractor for a school project, driving it to Fremd High School when the work was done.

"He was always smiling, never down," his father said. "Jaymes was easygoing, confident, but completely humble. If
I had to write a script for the perfect kid, he'd be that kid."

Survivors include his father, John, his mother, Debbie, and sister, Jenelle.

Reprinted from articles in the Chicago Tribune Online Edition and the Daily Herald
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