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Jim Herman, 38, of Eagle

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Jim Herman

James Leslie Herman, 38, of Eagle, lost his life in an accident on Monday while vacationing in Las Vegas. Formerly of Plymouth, Mass., Jim is the son of the late Anna May and Joseph Herman. He is survived by his loving family Katie Ciliberto and Michael Suarez of Eagle. Jim leaves his two brothers, John and Jeff Herman; one sister, Joanna Sayce; brother-in-law Dennis Sayce; and his beloved nieces and nephews Christina, Catrina, Dennis III and Cathryn. Jim had countless friends in Colorado and Massachusetts who are bereaved by this sudden, tragic loss. A memorial service will be held in Plymouth on Monday.One of his many friends remembers Jim as “the man who told me to be the best at everything.” Jim Herman followed his own advice during his abbreviated life. He greeted every day with vigor, enthusiasm and a dedication to doing his best, whatever the task. He was blessed with the special gift of making everyone he met believe there was nothing he’d rather do at that moment than sit and talk with them. Jim Herman’s career in the restaurant industry started in his hometown of Plymouth. Upon moving to Vail, he was part of the opening team of Larkspur Restaurant in 1999. Jim helped spearhead the Restaurant Avondale project at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa from its inception. As managing director, he made many enduring contributions to the company; he was the visionary of Avondale’s legendary Friday Afternoon Club.Jim’s strong work ethic and warm, genuine personality helped him excel in his field. He had recently earned his sommelier’s certification. He dreamed of one day moving back to Plymouth and opening a restaurant with his family.In addition to his passion for cooking and food, Jim loved music, travel and spending time outdoors. He was an avid snowboarder, enjoying the Colorado slopes in winter. He loved the ocean, visiting the East Coast a few weeks in summer to keep in touch with family and friends. He maintained his love and support of the Red Sox. On Sunday, May 15, a celebration of Jim Herman’s life will be held at Restaurant Avondale from 3-5 p.m. Anyone who was touched by Jim’s vivacious spirit is welcome to attend. Carpooling is encouraged; parking is limited.