“We Know Jimmy’s Free. He’s Finally Free” John Foley,Father

Heated debates are still unfolding about the ethics of looking at the image or watching the video. Does it play into propaganda? Does it deprive a man of his dignity? Or is it our responsibility to bear witness, even if it’s disturbing?

There are no easy answers. But there is one sure truth: James Foley is much more than that last, awful moment. His life is not summed up by his barbaric murder. He was a son, a brother, a student, a teacher, a journalist and a friend.

In that spirit, the Foley family has shared several precious family photos exclusively with The Huffington Post. The images you’ll find below do not show James Foley’s death; they speak instead to his life and how he lived it.

The first child of John and Diane Foley, James (Jim) Wright Foley was born on October 18, 1973 in New Hampshire.

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(Courtesy: Foley Family)

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(Courtesy: Foley Family)

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(Courtesy: Foley Family)

The eldest of five children, James had a close bond with his family.

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(Courtesy: Foley Family)

“Regardless of the circumstances or who was involved, he always acted with kindness and compassion toward others. I think it’s safe to say that the world would be a better place if there were more people like Jim Foley in it.”
– Paul D’Amours, a friend of Foley’s since 8th grade, told The Boston Globe.

 

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(Courtesy: Foley Family)

Foley attended Marquette University for his undergraduate degree where he majored in history.

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(Courtesy: Foley Family)

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(Courtesy: Foley Family)

“Everybody, everywhere, takes a liking to Jim as soon as they meet him. Men like him for his good humor and tendency to address everyone as ‘bro’ or ‘homie’ or ‘dude’ after the first handshake. Women like him for his broad smile, broad shoulders, and because, well, women just like him.”
– Claire Morgana Gillis, Jim’s friend wrote for Syria Deeply

 

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After graduating from college, Foley joined Teach For America. He taught at Lowell Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona. Staff members still talk about his kindness and his commitment to the students that he taught, according to the school’s current spokesperson.

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“Mr. Foley” in a photo provided from the school district in the 1998-1999 school year. (Credit: Phoenix Elementary School District)

Despite his love for teaching, Foley was drawn to storytelling so he returned to school to get his MFA in creative writing from University of Massachusetts Amherst. He then pursued another advanced degree at Northwestern’s Medill School For Journalism. After graduating, he worked as a freelancer — traveling to some of the most difficult and dangerous places in the world.

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James Foley, Tripoli (Libya) airport, August 2011. (Credit: Jonathan Pedneault)

“Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away… People like this (Jim’s murderers) ultimately fail. They fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley.”
President Barack Obama

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James Foley, Syria, 2012. (Credit: Manu Brabo)

“We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.”
Diane Foley, Jim’s mother

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James Foley, Syria, 2012. (Credit: Manu Brabo)

I always told myself that I would never trust a journalist and never confide in them, but there on a gator beneath countless stars in the Wardak sky I found myself expressing my pride, frustrations, and opinions. Jim had a way of putting you at ease, of gaining your trust. However, it was not his ability to gain trust that impressed me, it was his impeccable ability to protect that trust and reward it.”
Joey Snowden, a soldier in the unit Jim was embedded in during his time in Afghanistan.

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James Foley, Aleppo, Syria – 08/12. (Credit: Nicole Tung.)

“We know Jimmy’s free. He’s finally free.”
John Foley, Jim’s father

 

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James Foley, Aleppo, Syria – 07/12. (Photo: Nicole Tung)

The family requests that any donations be made to The James Foley Scholarship which was just set up at Marquette University in memory of Jim and his dedication to telling the story.

News this morning is that there is a 23 year old from London  is the chief suspect as Jim’s executioner.  

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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8 Responses to “We Know Jimmy’s Free. He’s Finally Free” John Foley,Father

  1. Reblogged this on Amaruvi's Aphorisms and commented:
    James Foley’s brutal murder has evoked sympathy around the world. Here is how he lived. Versatile blogger Anne.T.Bell blogs about that.

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  2. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    This is the best way to remember James Foley …. thanks for sharing!! Instant reblog …. 🙂

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  3. Rusha Sams says:

    Thanks for sharing this touching tribute. What a sad commentary on the way the world is today. But you have let us see who this outstanding journalist and caring human being was. Thanks.

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  4. inavukic says:

    Oh dear Lord, what sadness. I love this tribute, Anne.

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  5. Kathy BAllard says:

    James Wright Foley has become someone important in how I live my life. He is in my heart, mind and soul as a loved one. He is who I think of when my life seems to hard to bear. He stayed strong even though he may have felt forsaken by all that is good. I know when he was killed that his soul was released from all evil and then embraced by our Lord Jesus and told “Well done good and faithful servant”. Forever may he stand in the light and feel the glow of the love he gave to all of us.

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