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James Briggson July 22, 1936 - September 15, 2018

Briggson, James A.

of St. Louis and Fort Lauderdale, passed away suddenly at the age of 82 on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Jim graduated from Southwest High School and Washington University, where he received his BS and MBA degrees. His career included Falstaff Brewing, A. G. Edwards & Sons, and his favorite, Intrav and Clipper Cruise Line, where he not only hired the travel directors and young crews, but also chose and mapped out the itineraries of the three Clipper ships. Many of those crew members became lifelong friends. Jim liked tennis and golf but in recent years they did not like him.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Alice and Carl, and his brother Wayne. He is survived by cousins, nieces and a host of friends whom he regarded as family, and who made him a part of their family. Extremely generous in every way, Jim was first to help whenever needed, without being asked.

Jim will be buried next to his parents in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice. A celebration of life reception will be held later. Memories or condolences may be shared online at k-brothers.com/obituary/james-briggson/

Jim will be buried next to his parents in Veroqua, Wisconsin. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice. A celebration of life reception will be held later.


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    Bill & Donna Winn says

    We wish to express our sincere condolences for your loss. We didn’t know Jim but we certainly have experienced pain similar to what you must be dealing with now. When we lose someone close we all look for a source of comfort as we grieve, help to ease the pain, the sense of emptiness. May you find comfort in these words penned by the prophet Isaiah, “He will swallow up death forever…(Isa. 25:8) God has promised us that millions of the dead are alive in his memory and He shows us how we can hope to see them again in the future in a cleansed earth.

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    Nick Chiapelas says

    Jim played center on our championship high school football team. A gentle soul by nature, he could handle his own on the football field. He will be missed.

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    Anonymous says

    Jim was a good friend to Nada, me and our family since we met at Southwest High in about 1949-1950. Dale and Jim were very competitive taking many of the same hard classes together and also playing football – B Team and Varsity. When Jim injured his arm, he broke Dale’s nose with his cast in a “Dog Eat Dog” scrimmage one day on the football field. That was always a point of fun conjecture between the two of us. He was generous to a fault, visiting us often as we moved as a family with the Marine Corps and we had a common hero in Rush Limbaugh.:) We enjoyed a couple of Clipper Cruises which he of course arranged. We were friends for life who especially enjoyed visiting with a group of mutual friends when we could all get together in St. Louis. He was a good and smart man who will be sorely missed! RIP. Dale and Nada

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    Debby Walters says

    Jim was a man with a heart of gold. Kind, honest, generous, helpful, empathetic, and focused are words to describe him. He was a true gentleman; pristine in character and a man of his word and conviction! He will be missed at Ocean Summit and our family loved him as one of our own. Modest by nature, he left this earth in a quiet, unpretentious way; like he lived his life. He was one of a kind.

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    Matthew Straeb says

    Jim, was a lifelong friend to our family and my father. He was one of the the kindest and thoughtful person I have ever met. His example was profound and I hope to emulate his spirit and positivity. He will be greatly missed.

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    rosalie williams says

    Such a kind,loving and gentle soul,Rest in Peace,Jim.You are sadly missed.

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    Tom Clark says

    Jim was a best friend at Ocean Summit. He was kind, generous thoughtful. Always helpful. Loved the social committee events. He will be greatly missed. This winter will not be the same.
    Your friend
    Tom Clark

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    Tom Clark says

    Jim was a best friend at Ocean Summit. He always had a kind word .Was helpful, thoughtful . generous and incredibly kind and giving. Ocean Summit will not be the same without him there. The greatest acts that one person can do in life are acts of kindest for another person. That indeed is Jim.

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    Tammy Von Gunten says

    Jim was the perfect example of a gentleman. He had the kindest heart and a sweet disposition. I would like to feel he knew how much we treasured and valued him. Jim was a mentor to my three children and my eight grandchildren. We have wonderful memories and stories to share with each other. Here’s to you Jim – a life well lived.

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    Gail Jaseliunas says

    Jim was one of the kindest men I have ever had the honour to know.
    He loved all the Social events we had at the Ocean Summit especially our hot dog roasts.
    Always a kind word so helpful with any task at hand.
    He will be missed by all.
    This Winter will not be the same without his handsome smiling face .

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    Anonymous says

    Jim was one of the kindest man I have ever had the pleasure to know.
    He was always there to help and loved the Social events we had at the Ocean Summitt

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