Condolence & Memory Journal

Cousin Jim was always such a gentle, giving soul. He was always faithfilled and interesting. What a rare person... we are all blessed to have known him.

Posted by Stephanie Deindorfer-Tomaszek - Grand Rapids, MI   August 17, 2017

The comments of Jim's past students are a great tribute to him and show the legacy he has left behind. What a wonderful friend he was to me from high school until the present.

Posted by Ernie Zaremba - Poinciana, FL   August 15, 2017

A servant of the Lord in all he did. The loving way he treated his mother, the respect of, and interest in, each of his students at St. James, the kindness he showed to every person he met, the selfless gift of time to his church, can all be attributed to Jim. May his life's work be recognized in heaven.
Yvette Becker

Posted by Yvette Becker - Comstock Park, MI   August 15, 2017

Jim was a wonderful man. knew him for years at St. James and at God's Kitchen. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. see you on the otherside my friend.

Posted by A friend   August 14, 2017

Cathy, Dawn & family....I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending lots of hugs.

Posted by Michelle Marin - Wyoming, MI   August 14, 2017

Sorry to hear about Jim's passing. We were classmates at CC and Aquinas.

Posted by Bob Walsh - Bothell, WA   August 13, 2017

I had Mr. Brink for a teacher at St. James in 3'rd & again in 6'th grade. He was a wonderful teacher & a humble a servant of the Lord in various other ministries. Years later, when he officiated my father's graveside service, I saw the same Christlike image. RIP, Mr Brink. You've earned a seat at the front of the class!

Posted by Kathy Durka-Holwerda - Grand Rapids, MI   August 12, 2017

So sad to hear. Mr. Brink was my favorite teacher at St. James. He taught me so much of Christ and the love of the Catholic faith. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Maggie (Danielson) Sonke - Wyoming, MI   August 12, 2017

Sad to read of Jim's passing. Jim was a classmate at Catholic Central and one of the nicest young men. May he Rest In Peace and sending prayers to his family and many friends.

Posted by Pat (McGillicuddy) Ellis - Caledonia, MI   August 12, 2017

He was my favorite teacher at St. James. He was kind, and generous. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Sarah Homminga - Walker, MI   August 12, 2017

Jim Brink taught me and my sons Zachary, Elliot, and Ethan about Jesus at St James. He was the best teacher and advocate for Christ. He will be sadly missed. Until we all meet again in heaven. God bless you. Jim Wood

Posted by James Wood - Grand Rapids, MI   August 11, 2017

I had him as my third grade teacher back in the early 90's. He was definitely my favorite! I was just thinking about him last week, and then see this. My prayers go out to the family, may God give you comfort in your time of need.

Posted by Mary Mullane - Grand Rapids, MI   August 11, 2017

I went through 8 years at St. James and 4 years of West Catholic. I received 2 bachelors degrees. Among the numerous teachers that I've had, I consider Mr. Brink as the best, and my favorite. It's a tribute to him and to the job he loved doing and did so well. He made going to school fun and I looked forward to it. We shared a birthday as well.

RIP Mr. Brink. You've earned it. May the Good Lord Bless you and welcome you into His Kingdom.

Posted by Tim O'Hearn - Comstock Park, MI   August 11, 2017

Great teacher, modest person,compassionate individual,honest to a fault,true friend, could go on and on about this truly good man.Blessed to have been the fortunate ones to have him touch our lives.
Jack Dudick Family

Posted by jack dudick - Grand Rapids, MI   August 11, 2017

Long memories.

Posted by Steve Sampson - Grand Rapids, MI   August 11, 2017