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Jim Haynes Celebration of Life service set for July 23 at SHS

COURTESY OF JIM HAYNES FAMILY - Jim Haynes poses with his son Scott in front of America's Car Museum

(UPDATE: A celebration of life service for the late Jim Haynes is set for Saturday, July 23, at the Sherwood High School Gym at 11 am.)

Jim Haynes, a long-time civic leader and former Sherwood Citizen of the Year, passed away June 24 due to complications related to a long-term illness.

Over the years, Haynes, 67, who co-owned Western Heritage Public Relations, served as president of the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Sherwood Cultural Arts Commission.

Haynes recently served on the board of the Sherwood Main Street program and headed up revamping the Old Engine Show, which recently took place in Old Town Sherwood.

In addition to being named 2014 Sherwood Citizen of the Year, Haynes served as a consultant in forming the Sherwood Police Foundation. He also was an avid leader at Sherwood United Methodist Church and the Sherwood Cruisers Car Club.

Linda Henderson, who knew Haynes for many years, said Haynes' hard work and love for the community will long be remembered.Jim Haynes

“Anyone who could say Jim Haynes ‘is a good friend of mine’ knew that Jim was a special person, and that their life was blessed by his presence. His passing leaves a hole in the heart of Sherwood,” said Henderson, who also is a member of the Sherwood City Council. “For those who did not know Jim, know that his legacy is evident in the friendships he nurtured, the family he loved with his whole being and the noble way he championed the causes he cherished.”

For 30 years, Haynes worked in corporate communications for U.S. West Communications, retiring in 2000. He was a founder of Independence Academy, which assisted high school students in personal presentations skills.

Lee Weislogel, president of Sherwood Main Street, said Haynes would be greatly missed.

“He was an amazing person who was valuable to us all in so many ways,” said Weislogel. “We’ll never forget his character and commitment to what he believed in.”

Weislogel said he was “awed” by the fact that Haynes showed up to the May 14 Old Engine Show even though he was obviously sick.

“The Sherwood Chamber of Commerce is deeply saddened by the passing of Jim Haynes, previous chamber board president, (Sherwood) Police Foundation advocate, mentor and leader,” said Lana Painter, the chamber’s executive director.

Haynes was on the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce (later serving as chamber president) from July 2009 to July 2013.

“Our community is built on selfless giving and Jim definitely gave of himself, his talents and time to better Sherwood and surrounding areas,” said Painter. “Jim will be truly missed."

Attrell’s Funeral Chapel handled funeral arrangements.