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happy daze john in oz
31st October 2008, 01:59 AM
I had a phone call today from Doris, wife of Jim Brindley, to inform me that Jim had crossed the bar Thursday 30th October 2008.
For those who may recall the old site Jim always signed off as 'doolaly jim'
Jim arrived here in Oz in the late 50's having jumped ship. He made a great success of his life here, marrying Doris and raising a family, one son now living in N.Z. I first caught up with Jim last year when I phoned him to ask if, 'he wanted to buy a battleship'? His health was not the best then but his spirit was good, he suffered a number of setbacks during the year but always bounced back. Loved going to the club to play the machines, and we had some great chats on the phone about life now and back when we were all at sea. Earlier this year I met with him and Doris along with Roger Wolfe, from Tasmania, who had the flag that P.J. Murphy had done. Photos can be found in the gallery.
It is always sad when one of our members cross the bar, made doubly sad for me having met and come to know a bit about him.
Jim, may you forever sail on calm waters, may the sun shine warm upon you, and where so ever your spirit wanders I salute you.

Geoff Anderson
31st October 2008, 03:16 AM
Sorry to hear of your mate JIM crossing the bar.He sounded like a real character. Please pass on our condolences to his family for us. sorry I'm not much on dealing with these things.but please accept my thoughts that are with you and the family.
best wishes Geoff & Trish.

Doc Vernon
31st October 2008, 09:26 AM
This is really sad news indeed,as you said on the old site Jim was well known,and as you know many of us here chatted,laughed and had some good yarns with him on site!
I am really shocked by this news,as its always hard to accept that one of the old Crew had gone!
I sincerly hope that dear Doris will be able to deal with this,as its so hard at times like these,but i know that her Family will be by her side!
If you should contact her John,please do convey my sincere condolences!
It would have been rather hard on you too John,especially that i know you had met with Jim (still have the Pics mate) and got to know him a lot more than us here!
Its as you say a sad thing to loose one of the Crew,and i for one will miss old Jim!
Rest in Peace Jim!
Gone but not forgotten! Ever!
Sincerly and if any of the Family read this i Convey my Condolences to you all!
Sad indeed!


alf corbyn
31st October 2008, 10:04 AM
hi john. very sorry to hear about doolaly jim.remember him well from the old site and also the pic of him,you and roger at the terminal with the flag. give doris my condolences when you speak to her. yours sadly. alf

Mike Hall
31st October 2008, 11:27 AM
its made me very sad to learn of the passing of jim.
i did not know him but i have his details on the flag at least,where he will always be remembered.
please give my condolences to doris,and wish her wel.
all the best.
im going to miss the doollaly jim,bit


31st October 2008, 09:21 PM
Hiya John, so sorry to hear that our friend and shipmate Jim has passed away, he has given us many laughs with his little stories and one liners, a true character and one of ours, please pass our condolences to Jim's wife and family,
Colin and Ann McCool.

31st October 2008, 11:16 PM
Very sad news about our dolally Jim. I speak for myself & Beth when I say he will be sadly missed. He was definitely a one off, a wonderful character & a no nonsense man who I know had made a wonderful life over in Oz with his Doris & family. I will always remember with great fondness his nickname for me 'Feisty Tracey'.
Beth & I always enjoyed his messages on here & I always looked forward to e-mails from Jim & Doris describing their life in Oz & Jim's time at sea.
It was an honour & a privilege to have known Jim who I will always remember with great fondness & admiration. As Beth said to me, it feels like we have lost a part of our extended family.
Thinking of you & your family Doris, I'm sure you will have many memories to look back on to make you smile & cry but precious memories are priceless & I'm sure they will comfort you in some small way.
Look after yourself Doris, love to you & your family.

Tracey & Beth.xxxx

2nd November 2008, 09:13 AM
My condolences to Doris and family on the passing of doolaly Jim.
George in Southampton

2nd November 2008, 09:29 AM
My Sincere Condolences to you Doris and the Family.
I didn't know Jim,but he was certainly loved and respected by my fellow shipmates here.
God bless You.

Allan Jeffery
5th November 2008, 12:49 PM
"Doolaly Jim" RIP. Always enjoyed his posts.

Dennis McGuckin
5th November 2008, 06:56 PM
I would like to join in with the other posts, and send my condolences to Doris and family.
Remember Jim fondly from the old site.
As stated previously, always a good read.
Smooth seas mate.

Albert Bishop
5th November 2008, 08:09 PM
Haven.t been around the site much lately, and just spotted the news about Jim. Very sorry to hear it. I always thought he sounded like a great bloke. Jim and his postings will be saddly missed, and I'd like to add my condolences to Doris and his family.
Albert Bishop

7th November 2008, 10:21 AM

I am David James Brindley, son of Jim Brindley.

Thanks for all your kind messages. Dad often spoke of this site and I know it gave him a lot of pleasure to reminisce and swap yarns, some true, some maybe not so true, with men and women who know the difference between a sailor and a seaman.

As I live in New Zealand, I haven't seen a lot of dad in the past few years. I did see him in May, and I thought then it may be the last time I would see him, but it was still a bit of a shock to get the news of his death.

At first, I didn't feel much at all, maybe because of the distance, maybe because it wasn't a big surprise. It wasn't until I spoke to my daughter later that day that I began to feel the real sadness and loss.

The day dad died I had moved house. I didn't get the news until 7pm NZ time, and at that stage was quite tired and hungry, and looking forward to popping down to the pub for a drink and a feed. I did go to the pub that night, along with my partner, Chris.

I was telling Chris how Caroline, dad's youngest grandchild, wanted Slim Dusty songs played at his funeral. I said if there was to be a song for dad, it wouldn't be Slim Dusty, it would be If I Were A Blackbird.


I tried to sing it it in the pub, but couldn't get through the first verse. I guess that was when it hit me most.

Saddest of all, on the morning Dad died, Kale James Brindley, his second great grand child, first great grand son, was born. He wasn't to know thatthe name that had passed from him to me, to my son Matthew James Brindley, had now passed on to Kale James.

Dad was cremated today (November 7), sixteen days short of his 81st birthday.

There was no funeral, and I was too far away anyway, so maybe this will be my elegy to Dad.

He leaves behind Doris.

Their daughter Judith, and myself.

Grandchildren Matthew, Alison and Caroline.

Great Grandchildren Jasmine and Kale.

Next time you're outside at night, look to the stars and remember Jim. And next time you have a glass in your hand, take a sip for Jim.

James Brindley
23 November 1927 - 30 October 2008

Doc Vernon
7th November 2008, 10:57 AM
Hi James please see your Privat messages!
Thank you

Matthew James Brindley
7th November 2008, 11:57 AM
Hi All

I am Jim's grandson, Matthew James Brindley. Thank you all for your wonderful comments and heartfelt messages. It's fantastic to know he touched so many people and was the great man I will always remember.

I was absolutely guttered and I still am, to hear that my grandfather had died, especially as it was only hours after his first grandson, my son, Kale James was born. I never got the chance to tell him of the birth for which I will always have that pain in my heart. When my mother called to tell me, all I could say was no, no, no and broke down uncontrollably.

I got to see him back in May and he got to meet my wonderful partner Roxanne, which was fantastic. I also had the pleasure of living with himself and my grandmother, Doris, back in 2002. I spent 6 months living with them and it was wondeful to get to know both of them better. He was a great man, full of wonderful stories, not to mention he was a ratbag, just like me. We had wonderful trips to the pub for beers and games of pool and those memories I will treasure for ever.

I will miss him dearly, but my legacy to him was passing on the name James to my first born son. It was something I always said I would do, it was a shame I never got to tell him. As I have said to my father, mother and partner, I guess it was a case of one Brindley left the world and one entered at almost the same time. He will forever be in my heart and never forgotten.

R.I.P. Jimpa, forever in my heart and forever in mine and my sons name.

Matthew James Brindley

Mike Hall
7th November 2008, 12:11 PM
to both of you brindley lads,
your visit to this site,may be a one off,and you may not see our answers.
but i want you to know,that although i never met jim,we all had a laugh with him on this site.
i am a big softee at heart and when i read of his passing,tears began to well up in my eyes.
on reading your massages of thanks the tears are still there.as i am sure you do,is miss him
very much.
its very sad that when we get to our time of life,we have to go!!!.
sorry for going on.
my best to you both and all your family .
mike hall

happy daze john in oz
17th November 2008, 04:33 AM
G'day lads. On Saturday I spoke with Doris, widow of Jim (Doolaly Jim) Brindley and she asked me to covey the following message to you all.
For Jim this site was his second family, as he called it. It gave him so much pleasure to chat with people of a common background and he had some great times, and met with some wonderful people. Doris also went on to say she was so impressed with the responce from all the lads who posted notices of condolence. She asked me to pass on her thanks to you all for contributing to Jims enjoyment and for being so thoughtful with your kind words of condolence.
Jim was cremated and the family is giving consideration to having his ashes scattered some where by the sea.
Vale Jim Brindley.

jon dee
18th November 2008, 04:36 PM
Just come across the sad news of Jim's passing. Belated condolences to Jim's wife Doris and all the family.
Jim always seemed a happy and jovial type and will surely be missed on site. Sleep well mate. John Doran. .Liverpool.

Red Lead Ted
26th November 2008, 01:17 AM
i have only just read of jims passing john ,i feel very sadened indeed my heartfelt thoughts go out to all jims family he emailed me many times,he was a true gent and will be very much missed.he is sailing on a summer breeze know my prayers are with his family.RIP jim you were a gent@scholar very sad ted.ex{terryscouse}from the old site.