Jim Macy, sales representative for J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. passed away March 11, 2011.

According to a March 15 letter from J. Frank Schmidt III, president and CEO of the company, Macy passed away unexpectedly at his home in Roscoe, Ill.

“Our hearts go out to his wife Lori and their three children, Sean, Brett and Meghan,” Schmidt stated. “We offer our condolences to his loving family and his many, many friends. During the two decades that Jim served J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. as our representative in Illinois and Missouri, he was much more than a salesman.”

Macy was born March 16, 1955 in Detroit. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1979 with a degree in Horticulture and Marketing. He worked at Cottage Gardens prior to serving Bailey Nurseries for six years, and joined J. Frank Schmidt & Son in 1992.

“During his 19 years with our company, Jim became a great personal friend and a beloved member of our nursery family,” Schmidt stated. “Words cannot convey our sorrow at this loss.”

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held April 2 at Roscoe United Methodist Church, 10816 Main Street, Roscoe, Ill., 815-623-2292.

In lieu of flowers, you are invited to contribute to the charity of your choice or to a scholarship fund that is being set up for Sean, Brett and Meghan. Details will be posted at www.jfschmidt.com