Jim and Margie, we love you and we miss you so much it hurts.
On the afternoon of June 24th 2006, we lost our drummer Jim Rook and his wife Margie in an auto accident while on their way to vacation in Florida. Jim was no doubt the best drummer/vocalist in this area with his unique "standing while playing" style. Our lives now have a void which will never be filled. Jim & Margie touched so many people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We as the band lost our "fearless leader", and I lost my best friend.
Chris Rook Appears On L.A. Ink
Chris Rook, Jim's son recently appeared on TLC's L.A. Ink. He had a tattoo of Jim & Margie designed and put on his back. L.A. Ink did a segment on Chris's tragic story and how he came out of it a stronger, better man...
Click HERE or on the picture below to view the L.A. Ink story...
Content copyright TLC (The Learning Channel).
Jesus Bernal Trial Outcome
It's hard to believe it's been over a year now... As most of you know, we lost our drummer, founding member, and best friend Jimmy Rook last year when he and his wife Margie were killed by a drunk driver. They were only minutes away from their vacation destination in Destin Florida when Jesus Bernal crossed the center line and struck their vehicle head-on. Their daughter and her best friend were injured as well. Bernal was found to be DUI and was also not in the country legally. A passenger in his truck was also killed. Three lives taken in the blink of an eye by something as stupid as drunk driving. His trial started and ended on Monday. There was a plea deal with Bernal getting between 38-55 years. He will be a very old man before he's eligible for parole. We hope and pray that this will help bring some closure for the family.
Jimmy and Margie, may you now rest in peace...
Jeff Butler - The Fast Forward Band
Click HERE for the local Fox19 News coverage (.wmv video)
Click HERE for a link to the article in the Northwest Florida Daily News.
For those of you that haven't made it out to the grave site recently,
the stone has now been set...
Plaque Honoring Jim "JR" Rook Dedicated At Deaconess Hospital
On Friday June 22nd 2007, a plaque honoring Jim was dedicated at Deaconess Hospital. Jim had worked at Deaconess for over 20 years and his co-workers there became part of his "extended" family. The plaque will be displayed in the same corridor leading to the OR that Jim had walked daily. Thanks to everyone at Deaconess that commissioned this plaque and put together the dedication ceremony. It was nice to see so many family, friends and co-workers come to honor Jim...
Here is the dedication speech that Don Sievers, one of Jim's best friends read at the Dedication:
"Good afternoon. My name is Don Sievers. I was asked to say a few words about my long time friend and coworker, Jim Rook. He was known by many names: Jim, Jimmy, Rock n Roll singer, JR, Friend, brother, son, husband and Dad. I met Jim in 1981 at CTC where we attended school to become Surgical Techs. As that year went on, I got to know Jim the student and Drummer/Rock Singer for the band Fast Forward with his two childhood friends Dave (Bass) and Tom (guitar) Stautberg. In the next year and a half, Jim and I studied together, laughed a lot and celebrated the birth of his son Chris. So now Jim was a Dad and excited about it. Next stop was Deaconess Hospital where Jim had co-oped while in school. After being there about 2 weeks Jim told me about an opening for a tech . I was hired and our friendship continued. Now everyone at Deaconess was able to see the hard working JR. If there was a difficult case, new procedure or something extra to be done, Jim was there to volunteer for the job. Over the next few years, things changed for Jim both at work and in his personal life. Jim became an Assistant and moved to the Heart team. He met and married Margie and his daughter Kylie was born. The band also went through some changes adding new members and developed quite a following. Through all of these changes Jim stayed the same guy, always there to lend a helping hand if you had a project at home, needed to borrow a tool or had problem with your car. But not everything worked out for Jim. Like when he found out snowboarding was not for him or just how sharp a utility knife can be when it comes in contact with your finger. Jim tried to pursue other opportunities outside of Deaconess, working for Dr's Lambert, Bender, Kightlinger and Meyn. And later going to Good Sam, but he returned to the place and the people he loved. The thoughts I have most about Jimmy are the time we spent in the halls of the OR, between cases, just talking. He would tell me his dream after Kylie was out of school was to move to Kentucky and build a house, maybe even a log cabin. He would talk about coaching Kylie's soccer team and how he was always out numbered at home 2 to 1. Some days he would bring in Chris's latest CD with a new song and we would listen and Jim would talk about all the possibilities for Chris's future in music. Jimmy was the type of employee a boss or coworker would like to have 10 of: never sick, always on time, there to work hard, and at the same time be a friend to all he came in contact with. On that Saturday a year ago Deaconess didn't lose an employee, they lost an important member of the “family”, never to be replaced and always remembered with a smile, a song and sometimes a tear. It is only fitting that his friends and co-workers would honor him like this; yes he would be embarrassed but still have that great smile on his face.
JR we miss you."
Thank You Gary and Theresa Studer...
Some of you may not know, but two great friends of ours Gary and Theresa Studer recently commissioned a memorial stone dedicated to Jim & Margie and to be placed in the Ronald McDonald House Garden. It's now installed. This was such an awesome thing that they did for Jim & Margie that we just wanted to share it with everyone. Gary and Theresa also sponsor the Ronald McDonald House Benefit that we play at every year. This was the one benefit that was near and dear to Jimmy's heart. This year, the Studers also generously gave a large portion of the proceeds to the Jim & Margie Rook Memorial Fund. Thank you Gary and Theresa for everything that you have done, and continue to do...
The Fast Forward Band
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"Back On My Feet Again" performed by Jim Rook and The Fast Forward Band at Jim's last performance June 17th J.B. Fins...
Flowers from the funeral... Fiery orange for Jim, and soft pink for Margie...
Here's a painting that my daughter Brittany made for me from a photo of Jim...
My daughter Whitney made this for me from the funeral flowers and the collage...
Below is an email from Tricia Sinclair, Jim's Sister...
"Dear Family and Friends,
We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to those of you who have been such a strong support to us during these past difficult months. Your caring thoughts and generosity are such a tribute to Margie and Jimmy. We are overwhelmed by your kindness.
Our families have always known what wonderful people they were and it is nice to know that they have touched the lives of so many throughout their short time with us. We hope to make them proud as we carry on in their memory.
Your generous donations to the Jim Rook and Margie Larkcom Rook Memorial Fund are going to benefit their children, Chris and Kylie. With much thought we have decided to use the monies to help Chris start his own lawn care business and Kylie's portion will be saved to help purchase a car when she is of age.
Both Chris and Kylie are doing well. They are a lot like their parents which is a wonderful reflection of how they were raised. We are doing our best to remain a close and loving family. All of your letters, pictures and memories will help the children to know more about the two people who meant the most to them. We appreciate your thoughtfulness.
This time of year is always a reminder to us to be thankful and thoughtful towards the people in our lives. Let us all use this tragedy as a positive force to not take life and our loved ones for granted. Thank someone everyday for making your world a better place. Let's not wait until it is too late to tell someone how you feel and that you care about them. We will start now by saying thank you for continuing to be there for us, and for making us laugh and smile, and for being our friends. We are extremely fortunate to know you. Today we remember to live and to love!
Tony and Tricia Sinclair "
Below is an email from Dale Rook, Jim's brother...
"As Jimmy's “little” brother, I want to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, comments, and memories. It took me a while before I was ready to even look at this site, but now that I have, it has been very therapeutic, both mentally and spiritually. Jimmy more or less took over the father-figure role in my life back in 1984 when Dad was killed in an industrial accident. We don't always see eye-to-eye, but we always talk things out. I can definitely say that I would not be half the man (father, husband, friend, etc.) that I am today without his influence on my life. Jimmy always led by example, and sometimes with a foot to the rear when needed. Jimmy didn't have an easy life, but he always knew and followed through on his responsibilities. He cast a very large shadow, and always made me proud to be his brother. He always focused on the family and taught me where my priorities should lay. When Jimmy married Margie, I knew he had finally found the one to make his life complete. He stopped being so damn jittery all the time and was truly content, as evidenced by him starting to put on a little weight. Margie was a true original and I am proud to have her as my sister-in-law. As evidenced by all the postings on this site, the cards and letters our family has received, and the outpouring of love from so many people, I know we all miss them terribly. I know that they are no longer with us physically, but they continue to live on in my heart and in my memories. I continue to talk with Jimmy, I just need to learn to listen for his responses in a different way now. Thank you all for your support. If there is one thing that all this has emphasized in my life – it is people that make life worthwhile. We need to pursue our relationships with our family and friends relentlessly and not take each other for granted. Life is too short, so let's all make the most of it and share it with the people that make our lives complete. Jimmy and Margie – I will always love you and pray that I can measure up to the legacy you have left behind. You make me a better person by who you are.
To all the guys in Fast Forward,
I want to extend a special thank you to you for making this dedication to Jimmy and Margie. I am at a time in my life where I couldn't make it out to all the shows like I wanted to, but I want you to know that you guys have a special place in my life and in my heart. If it wasn't for the Fast Forward Band, I might not be with the love of my life, my wife Lynn. You guys have touched so many lives and made us all get together to enjoy ourselves, and that is a special gift. If there is anything I can ever do for you guys, even if you just want to have a beer and talk about the good things, I will always make myself available to you. I am a poor substitute for my brother, but I will make every attempt to be there for any of you.
Below is an email from Chris Rook, Jim's son...
" First and foremost......not enough can be said about my mother and father......two of the most amazing people that have walked the face of this earth.......I wanted everyone on here to know that my sister and I are doing ok and that we wouldn't have been able to get through this situation alone.....we feel so priveledged to have the family that we have been blessed with and to have all of you added to that......my parents were very family oriented and cared more about helping other people than they cared about their own selves. I am honored to be their son and I know my sister feels the same way.......I have watched my life change right before my eyes and you never really know how special something is, until it's gone....just to let you all know, I was there on scene...............my parents had a smile on their faces when they left us.....and I know they had already put a shield on us and so many people to make sure we all would be safe.......they are the reason my sister and meghan are safe and going to be ok......we all love meghan very much, she was a part of this family. My condolences go out to her family. I know my parents aren't going to let her not be ok! As for Kylie and I, we have never really been big into faith and believing in spirituality, but I have to say, mom and dad are inside of us right now keeping us strong and helping us deal with this the way that they would. The feelings of power inside of us are so powerful, it's undescribable........Thank you all so much for your support and for helping us get through this as one big family........My dad has been in this band since before I was born, and for I haven't met all of you, the ones I have, have made an impact in my life......I have met some amazing people just being around this band because that is just the kind of people they attract........Fast Forward, is my family and the other members are just like uncles to us.......Again, I can't express enough gratitude to all of you who have let my family make an impact on your lives.....They are up above right now probably livin the high life, and if you look up in the sky, I really think Margie is making things organized.......the stars have looked amazing these past couple of days! I love you all and if you are interested to hear more from me.....go to: myspace.com/langus and read my new blog........We are going to get through this together as one big family because you all know damn well that is the way my parents would want it! Keep your heads up, as they would say, you either need to shit or get off the pot.......That is what is helping my sister and I get through this tough time.......Look into the future and try to make an impact, the same way that these two honorable people did. This situation proved to all of us, that we need to appreciate life and all the little things that come with it........That is Jim and Margie Rook to the tee......Thanks again for your compassion, and we love you all!
Chris and Kylie"
Below is an email from Mary Larkcom Buchanan,
one of Margie's Sisters...
"People sometimes joke that you can't choose your family...you're just stuck with whoever you're given. Well, I'm grateful for the family I was "stuck" with. I was the baby of the family for six years, having two older sisters and an older brother, when along came my younger sister, Joyce. I lovingly refer to her as mom & dad's "oopsie". A little over a year later, Margie was born...someone to keep the "oopsie" company. I would proudly take Margie & Joyce just about everywhere I went...pushing them up & down the hills of our neighborhood in the stroller. You see, while all my friends only had plastic baby dolls to play with, I had real live babies! My friends still remember Margie as this cute little baby with the funny hair that wouldn't lay down...even when you spat on it! I have visited the memorial page many times in the past few weeks reading all the wonderful messages posted by friends and other family members. I have put off writing anything because...how can I put into words how much I love and admire Margie? The list of her talents, attributes and qualities is endless. Her smile could light up a room and she had a personality to match...she was as beautiful on the inside as she was physically beautiful...when someone was in trouble or needed help, she was right there asking what she could do...and the list goes on and on. Jimmy was an equally wonderful person. He has done so much for me and my entire family. He never acted as if he were doing you a favor by helping...he made it seem like you were doing him a favor by letting him help. I only hope that I thanked him properly. Jimmy had an incredible personality and his sense of humor...what can I say...he's Jimmy! When Margie met and fell in love with Jimmy, she felt she had finally met her soulmate...someone she knew she would spend the rest of her life with. She and I had several conversations about this & her eyes wouId just light up. And when Jimmy & I talked about Margie...well, he had a little twinkle of his own. I always believed Margie & Jimmy were a match made in heaven...now they truly are. I miss Margie and Jimmy each and every day and I will keep them alive in my heart forever. I cry when my heart gets heavy. But then I smile when I think about our crazy "sister" trips to Gatlinburg and I smile when listening to Jimmy's voice singing with the band on the website. They were such wonderful people and they touched so many lives and hearts. I am honored and privileged that they are my family.
This collage was sent in from one of Jim's grade school friends, Cliff Wolf who now lives in the Destin Fl area, near where the accident ocurred.
"Jimmy and Margie were great people with giving hearts. I was most privileged to have been in the same grade school with Jim from 2nd through the 8th grade at St, Matthew and Gressle Schools . There were only around 15-20 of us in this class at any given time, so all of us were very close in grade school, and to this day I feel that Jimmy is a brother. I remember going to his home even back then and watching him practice his drumming – what talent! I left the area almost 25 years ago and joined the Air Force, but was able to see Jimmy perform when I returned from Korea in 1992. I retired from the Air Force and settled in the Destin area, but was able to come up for a partial reunion where I last spoke with Jim. It pains me greatly to know this tragedy happened only 15 miles from where I live. My heart goes out to their children and to the rest of their family and friends.
Fort Walton Beach , FL "
"What can I say that was or is not going to be said, but he loved and cared so much for so many. James was a giver and not a taker. He was my friend, my brother and my cousin. I loved him dearly and will miss him so much. The world has suffered a great loss. He was the type of person that has left his mark on the world. I consider him as I-con status. All my thoughts and prayers go out to his family friends and the band. James I love you man --
your cousin Bill Vogt "
"I think your band is the best I feel for you today. It is so sad that this had to happen.You will all be in my thoughts today and always
"I just heard the heart breaking news about Jimmy and Margi, my thoughts and prayers are with all their family and friends. May God be with Kylie and Chris and keep them strong for each other. I pray that God stays with Kylie and her friend. Mom Rook, Trish, Dale and Amy I love you all and I am thinking about all of you.
Love, Kim Reedy Tepe"
"Jim was a very good friend and would bend over backwards for you. Jim and Margie were good friends of mine and my wife. Jim would always joke around. The biggest thing I will enjoy the most is when my son came home from Irag and went to see Jim play. He took time out and gave my son the respect he needed and my son will always remember that night, Great neighbors, Great Freinds, And the most Great Family.
Love You Always Steve And Diane Rolfes and Family "
"I am honored to be considered one of Margie Larkcom Rook’s best friends. She had a way about her that is so hard to describe. People knew her smile, her distinctive “Larkcom” laugh and her fun-loving way of looking at life. If you were someone she loved, you knew she would be there for you, no matter what. She has been a part of my life for over 20 years. We have celebrated our friendship, our marriages and our children’s births together. We have guided each other through the dark times of our lives when we truly understood and appreciated what a best friend was for. Needless to say, we could finish each other sentences and we knew what the other one was thinking even when we were across the river from each other. It’s hard to find a friend like that…I was blessed to find Margie. Life will not be the same without her smile, her wit and her intense heart. Margie, Jimmy, Chris and Kylie are part of my family. I mourn deeply for the loss of two unbelievably caring and giving people and I mourn the loss of a friend that I loved as a sister.
Margie and Jimmy, I love you, I will never forget you. ~ Missy Beiting"
"Oh how they will truly be missed! Our Prayers go out to those we lost, and those left behind!
Love Marianne and Eddie"
"I just want to say that Jim was always a very encouraging guy. He always told me to play really good you have to keep practicing at the drums. I think he was the best drummer and most enthusiastic guy I ever personally knew. Jimmy was one of the biggest influences for me playing the drums. I pray for Jim, Margie, Kylie, and Chris.
I will miss you... Branden Kovacik"
"What a super couple. Jimmy and Margie were awesome together. We have so many great memories of them together as a couple, with the Fast Forward band, and for their love for their children. I got to know both Jimmy and Margie, as many of you did, through their love of music and the band. They were the solid rock foundation of the band. A fun loving couple who loved everyone, and wanted to see others have a great time. They always made you feel welcome with a friendly hug and a genuine heart. Margie had the most beautiful smile, and her warm fun personality made her a treat to be with. Jimmy was a caring, ‘father like figure' of the band, with a “what can I do for you” spirit, who loved life, family and friends. We love you and will miss you very much.
Your friends forever, Nick and Kelly Stevens and family
Past light man for the Fast Forward Band"
"I was in mass this morning with my mother when my phone kept going off. As soon as I had walked out of church, I called my younger brother Jack. He told me that Dale had called him and told him the tragic news. I am completely devastated by the loss of one of the best friends I had ever had.
"Jim and Margie have been my friends and neighbors for many many years.. I use to babysit Kylie when she was younger.. It really is a true loss to the world that they are no longer with us, only in our hearts.. They were the nicest people who will truly be missed...
Tara Phillips and The Phillips Family"
"JR - I can't even put in to words how much you will be missed by everyone who knew you or ever worked with you. I can hardly see to type this through my tears. We will hear you playing the drums from heaven. Deepest sympathy, strength and love to your families on this tragic loss.
Kathy Collins Wagner KC "
I was truly devastated to hear the news. As you know, I was just beginning to get to know Jim. He was a kind and talented person. He brought joy to many of us. Anyone who has met both he and his wife have benefited from that relationship. All of you and their family are in my thoughts.
" I am a long time fan of the Fast Forward group having roots going back twenty years. I am stunned and completely saddened by this tragic news. Jim was always so incredibly friendly to everyone...always upbeat and happy. I remember when his son was born and just last year he laughed at me when I asked about him...he proudly told me his son now had HIS own band. My sincerest condolences go to out to ALL who will miss both Jim and Margie. Family, friends, neighbors and all of us who have known them. My prayers are with them and those left behind.
Cathy VanDerVelde "
" I was devastated to hear the news of Margie and Jims passing. I have known this family for years. The Rooks are a unique family, I have never met a more loving group of people in my life. My heart breaks for Chris and Kylie, for Mom, Tricia, Tony, Dale and Amy and the entire family. Jimmy and Margie had more Family And Friends than they will ever know. They will be missed by so many people. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. It is truly a very sad day. May God ease your pain. Jim and Margie you are loved and will be missed forever.
Michelle Cornwell Emminger "
" I cannot express how truly sorry I was to hear the news today about the loss of Jim and his wife Margie. The old gang at the East End Cafe that danced to this great band (more times than we can count or maybe remember) have a heavy heart and they wanted to make sure I sent condolences from all of them. We will keep Jim and Margie's friends and family in our thoughts and prayers. It was so much fun to watch Jim stand and play drums (how did he do that?) and listen to the cohesiveness of the band and the wonderful music they played together. It has been a long time since I have seen the band play and I am sorry that I missed out on seeing Fast Forward in the last few years. I recently lost a family member and the one thing that helped me along the path of grief is even as you go through the pain of losing someone try and find the smile of great memories.
Ann Rice (EEC bartender) and all of the Friday night gang. "
Aunt Margie & Uncle Jimmy I love you & will miss you always ~ Jennifer"
" Margie and Jim were two of the greatest people I have ever known. They were the solid rocks of our neighborhood. They always wanted to keep all of us connected as we were one big family. They are loved by all us and will be missed by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Love, Cher Wagers and The Wagers Family"
" Jim and I played baseball together back in the high school days. We went separate paths afterwards, but gratefully we ran into each other this past fall. Our daughters both played basketball for Sycamore Junior High School teams and we had the opportunity to see each other at several games throughout the season.
It was such a kick seeing Jim again and having the chance to meet his wife, Margie. I always admired Jim and considered him one of those people you are blessed to have as a friend. He was a good man, a kind man, and had a great sense of humor. I was looking forward to reconnecting with him more after all these years. Just a couple weeks ago, I ran into Jim at the Blue Ash Rec Center. We were both sweaty and slumping against the weight machines the way guys our age do. We gave each other a roll of the eyes and a laugh, as if to say “this isn't how it felt 25 years ago.”
" Jim, my family misses you alot.. im sorry, you knew my dad really well.. and tonight for the first time i saw him cry,, you must've been a great person, we all love and miss you.
Ronnie Sickinger "
" It's impossible to say how much I'm gonna miss them. No words can say all the good times I had with these two special people. I DJ'd their wedding, played softball with Jimmy and danced and partied with both of them at the East End, JB Fins,etc. The trays of shots I bought for Jimmy, Tony, Rob and the rest of the boys and all the dancing with their wives and friends, I'll never forget and I wish I had the chance to do it all again.You were the best. I was crushed with the news of their passing. I send my condolences to their families and friends and hope that we remember the good times we had with this special couple. God Bless the family and friends.
Andy Bolgzds "
"What can we say, there aren't enough words to describe how great Jimmy and Margie were. We've known them practically our whole lives. We loved them each very much. Jimmy would be the first to come up to us and give us a hug and ask about how we were and how school was going. We never felt like just another young band kid. He always treated us like we were adults and important to the band; even when we were eight. We really looked up to Jimmy and admired him. We only hope to be as good of musicians as he was. He was the coolest drummer we knew; we're going to miss looking up on stage and seeing him play. Brittany always looked forward to picking his brain about his profession because she aspires to be like him one day. Jimmy was like an Uncle to us. We remember Margie as the sweet loving band wife that would come up to us and chat with us for awhile. We truly loved them and they will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chris and Kylie. We Love You All...
~Whitney and Brittany Butler"
"My wife June and I began our relationship while following Jimmy and the band around. We've both known Jimmy all our lives and this is hard to swallow. Although we haven't seen much of Jimmy we feel we've lost one of the best friends we've ever had. I'm at a loss for words. Everything happens for a reason they say. Why God has called our friends at this time we'll never know. Our condolences to all of the family and God Bless All Of You.
Tom & June Wolf "
" Twenty years ago , I met some friends , who told me about this awesome local band . We got together and drove over the river to the East End Cafe . I was blown away by this guy playing the drums , and could not belive that he stood all night doing it . What a truely unique musican ! I walked into the Duck Creek in last year , and after twenty years , there stood this same musican , and band again . It was obvious that Jim and the rest of the fellows from the Fast Forward played the music that they play for the love of the music , and to see the friends they have made over the years get together for a night of fun and entertainment . I got to talk to Jim about all of what I just wrote about for the first time last month at J.B. Finns , and was surprised at how humbled he was that someone could have a memory of seeing him and the fellows from twenty years ago . I didn't get the chance to really get to know Jim , but from what everyone has wrote , he and his wife had to be a very special couple . I know that when I got the chance to talk to Jim , it felt like running into a long lost friend . God bless their son and daughter . My deepest condolences to the families and friends of Jim and his wife , and also to the members of The Fast Forward Band . He truely will be missed . A fan of the band
Tim Hubbard "
"I couldn't believe the news. The first band I ever played in was First Offense. I remember Jimmy coming into the band room and asking if I wanted to audition for his band. It wasn't like getting a job in a band, it was like being adopted by a family. Jimmy's Mom and Dad treated us all like family.
"This is just so shocking & so sad. You leave us all with some wonderful, fun-filled memories. Thank you for those. Our thoughts and our prayers are with your children & your families.
With all our love, Wanda & Todd"
" As a member of the music community for so many years, it saddens me to hear about this tragedy. As a member of Hurricane, I know the love and friendship that is shared among band members. I am so sorry that this has happened and would like to extend condolences on behalf of all the members of Hurricane. Jim, was great guy and enjoyed playing music and being with friends and family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. God Bless.
Matthew H. Tellman Hurricane "
"My sympathy and prayers go out to the Rook family and to the members of the Fast Forward band for their great loss!
" It is not often that you meet a person that even though you don't stay in touch like you should, you still feel like old friends when you finally do see each other. I can sincerely say that Jim was one of the genuinely nice persons that I have met in my life. Looking back all I can see is that contagious smile. My family's prayers are with all of his loved ones."
"Jimmy was a stand-up guy in more than his drumming. Maybe we should all take a minute out of every day, stand up above the problems of the moment and truly give thanks for all that we are blessed with. You left too soon brother, but the world is a better place for having had you in it.
"Even though I did not know Jim and Margie very well at all, after all those hours of enjoying Jim's amazing talent and the opportunity he and the other Fast Forward members have given me to relax and spend wonderful times with my friends, I almost feel as if I have lost a family member. Now I wish I would have not put off coming out to see the band recently as I have missed my last opportunity to see Jim's enthusiasm and hear his unmistakable vocals. So many of us will miss him and so many of us grieve for his family and keep his daughter and her friend in our prayers for a speedy and full recovery. Also to the other Fast Forward members, to be sure I never miss this chance again…..you are all fantastic entertainers, and the joy you bring to others with your music is something that we do not take for granted. You enrich our lives by your efforts and talent. Please know that we, your fans, appreciate you, and mourn your loss with you.
" Jim and Margie, I met Jim when he worked at Deaconness Hospital in Cincinnati while my wife, Liz, was also employed there. Jim was the kind of a friend that everyone would want to have. He was fun, considerate, creative, and loyal. People respected him and sought out his advice on professional matters as well as personal struggles. We went to see the band perform over the years many times and Jim was never too busy to make sure that he said hello to us. Liz and I met Margie through Jim and we thought they made a terrific couple. Although we hadn't seen them in awhile, every time that we had a chance to get back together with them, they were always just as warm and friendly as if we had seen them the day before. Our family will miss them very much and we will pray for both of them and also for their family during this difficult time.
Love, Mike and Liz Asher "
"I came to know a friend of mine, KC, through a rather unique “support group” of friends in similar situations. She invited us last summer to come down to the river to hear a friend of hers who had a band called The Fast Forward Band. I was somewhat apprehensive as I am a musician myself and unfortunately have a hard time going out to hear other bands without being rather critical from a listening standpoint. From the first song to the last (as we stayed the entire evening!) there wasn't a bad word to say. They are all terrific musicians but there was something that was quite different about their drummer. His voice I found amazing (especially due to the fact that I am a singer) and his drumming was second to none around our local area. Add to that the fact that he STOOD the ENTIRE evening!!! I was totally humbled by the band and Jimmie. I did not know Margi but had so come to look forward to hearing Fast Forward's music. My heart goes out to Kylie and the rest of both of their families. Our local music family lost a wonderful musician and his wife this weekend. My sympathies to all of the families and to the Fast Forward Family, as well.
Bustin Out Band"
" I am sorry for the loss to Jimmy and Margie's family, the band, and the community. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you cope with the loss of two dear friends. Jimmy's music, laughter, and memory will forever be in our heart. Thank you for the fun and good times that your band has brought to us.
Billy and Angie Krebs "
"I worked with Jim years ago.....I was a 'newbee' on a unit where experience and expertise often frowned at inexperience. He always treated me with respect and kindness.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the Rook Family and The Fast Forward Band members that Jim left behind. I was deeply saddened Saturday night when I heard the news of Jim and Margie's death. I have had the honor of following the band for several years and have enjoyed every minute that I could hear them play. I wish all well and I hope that everyone has the strength to make it through this very difficult time.
"I have many fond memories of Jim with the band at East End Cafe. He was a talented drummer with endless energy! I had so much fun dancing and listening to this great group. He will be truly missed by all of us who follow the local music scene.
" I am truly sorry to hear about the loss of two very fine people. When I first moved into the area Jerry introduced me to the folks in the band. You all were the first folks to show me and my wife what living in this area is like. We all had great times. The day is a dark one when two such fine people are no longer among us. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and with the family of Jim and Margie.
Your Friend, John Williams "
" I was shocked and saddened by the tragic news about Jim and Margie. I went to school with Jim and followed his band ever since it started. Jim and the band were the one thing that kept some of us "Norwoodians" in touch when otherwise that might not have happened. He was truly a remarkably talented and special person. Jim will be missed by all who knew him. My prayers and thoughts are with the families and friends who are left behind wondering "why?" and may God comfort you at this very difficult time. Jim and Margie.....You will be missed
Sandy Theobald Dieter "
" Jeff, I am still processing the shock of yesterday's news. I am so very sorry for your loss. It hurts so much to think that you guys will not play here again. You all have been such an integral part of this place for so long and it will never be the same without not only Jim, but all of you. You guys have always been my favorite to work with and listen to. I don't think I would have made it through my Fin's season without you guys. Just when you got me trained, it was over! We have all been touched by so much laughter and joy. At the start of every summer, you guys learned all the servers and bartender's names, cared whether or not sales were good and always made sure everyone had fun, not only our customers, but the staff, as well. You all are true professionals. It was an absolute pleasure to work with all of you. And there will never be anyone who can replace you guys. There has been an over-whelming response from everyone around here to do a benefit for Jim's family to help out in anyway that we can. Please keep us posted to the arrangements. Jeff Detkis and the other detail officers want to send cruisers to the funeral in Jim's honor. I know that it is still very soon, but please let us know what we can do for all of you guys.
J.B. Fins/The Beer Sellar"
"I want to say that Jimmy was a dear friend to all of us. We will all miss him and never forget him. He has been there for all of us when we needed him and now we can be there for him in prayer, song, our hearts, and minds. We will miss him dearly but, we will never forget him and every thing he's done for us. So we will miss you Jimmy and Margie.
" I can't express how sorry I am to hear about the loss of these two beautiful friends. They brought so much happiness to everyone they touched. As an employee of EEC we all looked forward to seeing & listening to the band & their many friends. Their passion for life, family & friends was obvious everytime I have seen & talked to them over the years. Thanks for the many great memories, may you both rest in peace.
Dan McDonald "
" I've known Jimmy since he was in High School. We played in First Offense together for years, often running out the basement door after practice, to avoid having his Dad yell, "Turn that s#$% down!". We went our separate ways for awhile and recently began hooking up again. Jimmy stayed the same for all those years. He was the most genuine person going, and it was an honor to be his friend and to play with him. Jimmy's the one who got me to like golf, and we used to scoot over to Avon Field and act like we knew what we were doing. Just recently, after running into Jimmy, I decided to take another couple friends of mine to see him play, and new fans were born. Then we went to Avon, and I told him, "we gotta get Jimmy out here with us!" Well, I'll never get to play with him again, either golf, or music. I have a huge hole in my heart and soul. To all his family, I am so sorry. This is the most devasting thing I've had to bear in years, so I know how you must feel. If there's anything me or my family, who also loved Jimmy, can do, don't hesitate to ask.
"My heart goes out to everyone who has been touched by Jim and Margie over the years. My family grew up with the Rooks. I remember Jimmy playing the drums in his Mom's basement in Norwood. I have so many fond memories of great times with "The Band", including my 19th birthday (don't know how I got in Animations Bar), and my first dance with my husband at East End. I can't imagine life without Jimmy's music and his smile and concern for everyone he knew. He and Margie will live forever in our hearts. Deepest prayers and sympathies for Kylie, Chris, all of their family members and for the band.
"As a member of the local music scene, and a lover of music I had the opportunity to meet Jim and the band several times. As a drummer myself I was always drawn to pay more attention to Jims unique style of playing and his great vocal talent. It is a great tragedy to hear the news of the accident . From all of us at the band Revolver our prayers and thoughts go out to all of the family and friends of Jim and his wife. The band will never be the same!!
"My wife and I just heard the news. We both worked with JR at Deaconess Hospital for a number of years. I remember JR as a really likeable guy, always positive and upbeat. He didn't go for gossip, and he didn't belittle others. He was a joy to work with, and I had great respect for him. We will miss them both.
Jeffrey and Laura Winholt
Daufuskie Island SC"
" Jeff: I can't put into words how sorry I am to hear about Jim and Margie. After playing the same bars you guys have played for the last 20 odd years, it's hard to imagine not coming to see you guys with Jim standing at the helm. He was a true original. I had heard it more than once when I would talk to people about you guys, " oh yeah, the band that has the stand up drummer." I didn't know Jim and Dave as well as I know you, Tom , Larry, and Jerry, but it is easy to see why people flock to see you guys play. You're all excellent at what you contribute to the band and you're all the nicest bunch of guys anyone would want to meet. The band I play in are playing this weekend. We will toast to Jim and Margie's memory. My thoughts and prayer's go out to Jim and Margie's family and to the whole Fast Forward family.
Much Love and respect Joe Schomaker "
"I have known Jim, as well as the whole Rook family my whole life having gone to school with them in Norwood at St. Matt's (Gressle). I am typically not one to write anything like this but I feel compelled to. I always knew Jim as a great person and very talented musician. I fondly remember being the co-chairman of the beer booth at Holy Trinity festival and the band was playing and just looking out from the booth and seeing all the people around just listening to the music, then deciding to go down to the other end and there were hardly anybody down at the other end. That is a testament to the talent. Though I can say I haven't seen the band a lot I know that Jim will be missed. My prayers go out to their daughter and both of their families especially Jim's mother, Mrs. Rook. Norwood has lost a great son.
" My thoughts and Prayers are with all the family and friends that lost such a loving, vibrant couple. My deepest sympathy to their daughter who lost so much in such a tragic happening.
Glenda R. Carmack "
" What a untimely loss of a wonderful young couple; what a loss to the Cincinnati music scene of a wonderful and talented musician.
"My prayers go out to the Rook family and friends, as well as the members of Fast Forward - Jim was a "true talent" (Dave and Tom - my heart goes out to each of you… I am truly saddened as well – God bless).
*** Ron Caldwell *** "
" I am terribly saddened by the news of their passing. I send heartfelt condolences to all friends and family, especially Brian and Billy Vogt. My prayers are with you all.
Tim Barrett "
"I'm very sorry. I only knew him as a fan. He was natural at engaging people in his performance. He knew how to woo the crowd and it made me feel good to be in his presence. He had a lot of impact on me with his drumming style and singing. It always made me want to dance the entire night. He loved people. I will miss him deeply.
" I am so stunned and totally numbed by this very sad news.
"Margie was my aunt and my moms youngest sister. I remember so many good times with her.. like when I was little and she would take my brother Bryan, cousin Jennifer and myself out shopping for our birthdays and let us pick out anything in the store! I remember being at her baby shower when she was pregnant with Kylie and all the great Larkcom family vacations in Indian Rocks Beach together. She was a great aunt and person and will never be forgotten!!
" Oh my God. I just heard the news from his cousin Bill Vogt. Jim and I use to play baseball together in our teenage years in Norwood. I have followed his band since the beginning. I haven't seen him or the band in a few years. Such a kind and fun guy and those who were close to him will miss him dearly. I can't imagine the pain their family and close friends are going through. God bless you all.
Dave Buquo Norwood High Class of '81 "
" To the family and friends of Jimmy and Margie, It is difficult to find the words to express my sense of loss when I heard the news of Jim and Margie's tragic and senseless passing. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Jim at the Deaconess Hospital. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sincerely, Patty Wade, CRNA "
" Our hearts are filled with sadness with this tragic news. Jim and all the guys have filled the past several years with so much fun for all of us. We will miss Jim and Margie's warm smiles forever.
Your forever fans and friends, Linda, Chuck, Jamie, Michelle, Cathy and Bill"
This is what you saw when driving up I-71 north near Kings Island.
" I feel truly blessed to have known JR. I had the pleasure of working with him at Deaconess Hospital for several years. He was the type of person who never let you have a bad day. He always had a kind word or smile to make your day better. He spoke with great pride about his son, Chris. I vividly remember him talking about a great lady he met named Margie. I had never seen him happier then when he and Margie married. That happiness grew with the birth of Kylie. Hearing this tragic news is such a shock. The world was definitely a brighter place because of JR. His smile, friendship and compassion was a gift to everyone who knew him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. I will never forget you JR-you were a great friend to me.
Carol Klump "
"I did not know Jim & Margie and I have never seen the band perform, but you all have my deepest condolences on your loss. I pray for all of you, their family, and especially for their daughter, that you all make it through the most challenging time of your lives. May God Bless You All. God is always by your side.
Scot W. Howell"
"I was lucky enough to meet Jim and Margie through Jim's little brother Dale. He invited me out to see the guys play at the Porch in Mason. I had a great time and ended up staying until the end. In all I think I went out to a half dozen or so shows and had a blast every time. Jim and the guys sounded great and put on a show that was so much fun I could never leave until the end of the last set, in fact the last time I saw the guys at the Porch they had to ask Dale and I to leave around 3:00am ! I only meet Jim and Margie a few times, but every time was a blast. They will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to their families.
Steve Cooley "
" Jeff, Without words for the tragedy that has bestowed itself: we know we have lost. What great people Jim & Margie will be remembered as. Jim was one of those people who was true in character and always seemed to be giving his musical best, which was outstanding. I guess the key word would be giving for the many benefits that Jim and the band has accommodated over the years. This loss to the Rook Family as well as the Greater Cincinnati Community is a sad day to be remembered. We will have a moment of silence at the Duck Creek CC. on Saturday Night to honor the day the music died in all of us. Our deepest respect and condolences goes out to the Rook Family and to the Families of the Fast Forward Band….. with God's speed may we find peace and understanding. The Fast Forward Band has given some of the hottest nights of entertainment in the Greater Cincinnati Area on the corner of Rt8 & 1998.We are here for what ever anyone might need… just say the word & its done.
Our Family to Yours, The Duck Creek Country Club "
" My wife Mary and I send our deepest condolences to Jim and Margi's family, and everyone in the extended Fast Forward family. I've played the same bar circuit as Fast Forward, for 20 years and I know that they touched MANY lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bob and Mary Cushing. "
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the Rook and Larkcom families, especially Kylie and Chris, and also the members of the Fast Forward Band and their families. Such a senseless shame. I have known Margie for over 25 years. She was such a wonderful person. I have just gotten to know Jim over the past few years, and he too, a great person. May God be with all of you now during this very difficult time. Thanks for memories.
"My thoughts and prayers go out to Marg and Jim's families. You are in our prayers.
Ken and Peggy Henges"
"I first met JR at Deaconess 19 years ago when I started working in the OR. He quickly became a good friend and a great coworker. Many people seem to remember him from his band Fast Forward and what a great drummer he was but he was also a great surgical assistant. He had core family values and loved his family very much. He was an excellent surgical assistant in orthopedics and open heart surgeries. I know he will be greatly missed by everyone at Deaconess Hospital for when you work there for such a long time, everyone becomes like family. I saw him go through ups and downs, and when he married Margie he was so happy and committed to her and his family.
" I had the pleasure of knowing J.R. while working in the Deaconess Hospital Cardiovascular Surgery Recovery Room for several years. Not only was he a skilled and talented man, but he was always upbeat and a great "mood lifter" in what could be and often was a very tense and stressful environment. What a sad and tragic loss this is for all who knew J.R. and Margie. May God guide Chris, Kylie and their whole family through their grief and comfort you with beautiful memories..... for those can never be taken away. Life is so short and we take so much for granted. They certainly touched the lives of all who were fortunate enough to know them, in positive way.
Martha Waters "
" What a tragedy, my thoughts and prayers are with all those who knew Jim and his family. May they find strength from their friends and loved ones during this difficult time and in the years to come. My Deepest Sympathy,
Ben Walz "
"The sense of loss and pain is overwhelming. Margie has been a dear, dear friend of mine for over 25 years. We shared it all, laughs, tears, fun and games and everything in between. Ours was the most genuine friendship that will always be treasured and remembered. I don't know how the “Club” girls will get through this as Margie was our staple. But if Margie were here, she'd be the first to step up, take charge and try to make sense out of this most unfortunate, unfair tragedy. Margie and Jimmy were the most giving friends a person could ask for. I hope to someday know the completeness that the two of you shared. I was blessed to have you in my life for as long as I did and will miss you terribly every day. Know that the “Club” girls will do anything and everything for Chris and Kylee as they were the apples of their parents' eyes. The world has lost two of the most wonderful, beautiful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. God bless and thanks for the memories. I love you both.
Lisa Brown Tucker (Lee Lee, and only Margie could get away with it!) "
"Two of the most special people in the world, now gone from us. Got the news Saturday night - just now able to post something. Jim Rook - comes no better than this. What a beautiful, beautiful couple. And I know that now is not the time to ask "Why?" For this, there is no answer.
I had the great privilege of working with Jim at Deaconess. Everything that has been said about him already is true: Gentle spirit, that man... When Jim was assigned to your room, you knew it would all be good. Jim carried with him an aura of Peace, Kindness... Jim always helped get the job done - no fuss/no muss.
Anything else I say beyond this will be trite, so I'll close. Quite simply, we have just lost the most caring, loving, giving person you could ever imagine.
~ Barbara "
" All I can say is what everyone has said, WHAT GOOD PEOPLE they were, Jim and Margie helped me out so much and they showed just wonderful class. I have lived on this street with them for almost fourteen years and have always been able to count on them and if needed they could count on me. When they watched my daughter they wouldn't take any money so I would leave a 12 pack of bud light on the porch and they would tell me the beer fairy stopped by so I should come down and have a cold one with them. Well guys this one's for YOU. I love you and will miss my Super friends and neighbors, let's not forget in our prayers two kids that need our strength.
Love always, Doug"
"This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever come across . . . trying to find the right words to say about someone who has been like a brother, someone that has been in my life since I can remember, because he’s gone.
Tom & Marijo Stautberg"
" Heaven has new Angels and though we miss them here. They are forever bathed in the warmth and light of love.
"From all of us in Burning Iris to the friends, family, and band mates of Jim and his wife Margie; our hearts and prayers are with you guys.
As devastating as this is, we are thankful for opportunity to know them and know that their mark on our small community will live on.
Steve, Dan, Justyn, and Dave - Burning Iris "
"Our deepest condolences go out not only to their families but to the band members and fans, for who have lost two very special people. May God help everyone to handle the grief and loss of Jim and Margie but also remember the smiles and the laughter that each brought to our lives. Let's hear the drum rolls from heaven and know that Jim is still with us in our hearts and singing a tune. Love always
Cary Camm and Dean Boxall - Butler , Ky"
" I have so many thoughts I don't know were to start. I am still in shock as I write this. I hear so many people say, "I wonder if there are any good people left in this world". I can truely say we just lost two... not good....but great people. I think of all of the times Jimmy and Margie went out of their way to come talk to me during performances. Some of my greatest memories were getting to band jobs early to help unload the equipment with Jimmy. I could always count on a warm welcome, a handshake, and a great conversation. When I brought friends to come hear my favorite band, they were always awestruck by the talent of the chairless drummer. They had never seen a drummer stand for an entire performance before...and neither had I...until Jimmy. Jimmy and Margie made me forget about difficult times, and enjoy the people around me. Thanks, Jimmy and Margie, for sharing your laughter, your friendship, and musical talent with me. Memories of you will remain in my heart forever. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family and those who were fortunate enough to know you. Love, your friend, and one of your greatest fans, Jason
p.s.: To the Fast Forward Band: (Dave, Jeff, Jerry, Larry, and Tom) I have always known how fortunate I am to have such special friendships with each and every one of you....but I don't know that I ever take the time to tell you that. This tragedy has made me realize that there is no time better than now to say, "thank you" for being part of my life. Your love and friendship has touched my life and made me a better person. For that, I will be forever grateful and will always cherish each moment with you. Whether you like it or not, you're stuck with me. In other words....if I ever need bail money, which one of you should I call?
Love, Jason Louis"
" They say that only the good die young,, jim and margie was the two most down to earth people that I've ever had the pleasure of meeting,,,, now they sit at the table with the likes of keith moon, john bohnon, and every other master of the drum kit..... they was an AWSOM COUPLE and the end came way to soon,,,,,,,so very proud to have had the pleasure of knowing them both,,,,,,AWSOM, AWSOM, PEOPLE.....!!!! ALWAY'S MISS'D and NEVER FORGOTTON.......
CHARLES and KATHY HARVEY,,,,,,, TAMPA, FLORIDA........ "
" My thirteen year old son was one car back from the accident when it happened. He witnessed the accident and he and his dad stayed and helped out for several hours. You and your family and friends have been on our thoughts and in our prayers ever since. We were very saddened by the event, and we wish you peace and hope that everyone recovers quickly. You are in our thoughts.
Lori Welsh "
" I never met Jim or Margie, but I have lost a band member and I know how it feels. I've heard many good things about Jim as a musician and I can tell from the comments I've seen that Jim and Margie were great people. You never get over a loss like this but somehow you move on. My thoughts and prayers are with your band and Jim and Margie's families.
Mark McFerren "
" I only met Jim and Margie about a year ago. My girlfriend Yvonne, told me one night about this great band that would be playing at JB Finns, that she was friends with the singer and his wife. We went down to hear them, I was greatly impressed, with their music, their playing, and Jim's gusto and voice. They rocked and you could tell they really enjoyed playing the music. I was introduced to both Jim and Margie that night and instantly liked their outgoing personalities. Whenever we went to see them, I always received a hug from Margie, she made it seem like she knew me forever, and Jim would come over and shake my hand. We saw them as often as possible. It was always a blast. One last memory. I had a surprise B'day party thrown for me at a local bar in April . When I was led into the bars back room, all my friends were there to greet me. The first person I saw, and will always remember, was Margie sitting there, with that big beautiful smile on her face. Jim and Margie stayed thru out the party and helped me celebrate. They were thoughtful, easy going, fun loving people. I wish I had known them sooner and better. I will miss both of you. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jim and Margie. "Only the good die young" Peace.
"I will never forget meeting Margie we just kind of connected and that was 20 years ago we went through a lot as we aged. I will miss the hugs and the smiles and the laughs and the fun. I remember how she did not like Tim at first and then a few months after we had been dating she told Him he could stick around he was ok. She told him he had really grown on her she always stood by her friends, and Jimmy from the first time we all hung out I told Margie that smile and charm was a keeper. Together they were one of the coolest couples we knew. They were always hugging and smiling. To Chris and Kylie we truly love you all and our thoughts and prayers are with you both. You both have there charm and smiles and they are for sure still smiling at all of us. Love and prayers to all.
love Tim & Robbin See"
" We have known Jim, Margie, Kylie, and Chris for a very long time. they all brought joy to our life. Jim and Margie watched us grow up. from helping a little girl get many bee's off of her when she stepped on a hive, to going sledding, snowboarding, tubing, and camping with us to keep our lives interesting. Jim and Margie were always there for us when we needed them from helping us with our injuries to getting us snacks when we were hungry, letting us have sleep overs to have quality time with our friends. From our opinion, Jim and Margie were the care keepers of our street. well, some of you might not know this but our street was like one BIG, happy family. everyone on our street love Jim and Margie as a second set of parents. We send our prayers out to the Rooks. Please pray for this family.
WE LOVE YOU,
Veronica Vollrath, Kristen Myers, Catlynn O'Connor, and Alexia Billings "
" I didn't know Jim or Margie but my heart bleeds for them and their family. I used to work with Dave at PTS and Central Joint Fire Dist. and used to talk music and about the band. I'm a drummer myself but most of all i am a father and husband. My soul truly aches for the young lady left without her parents. I can't express in words my deepest sympathy or even can fathom anything to say to help enlighten the ones suffering this great loss. Our little town has lost a wonderful soul that has given of himself both musically and in the workplace. I am sure Margie was a wonderful being as well and this world will be a less enjoyable place without their presence. Godspeed to the entire Rook and the Fast Forward families. With a heavy heart,
Mike Glover "
"Jim and Marge I have had the honor and pleasure of knowing Jim for the past 25 years. We worked at Deaconess Hospital together for 23 of those years. In that time we worked side by side some days, others when it was busy a quick HEY! in the hall passing by each other. Yet most important to me were the times spent talking about our children, wives,dreams-hopes and good times we had spent together. My wife and I always looked forward to seeing the "Band" whenever we had the chance. In my mind I'll always have a picture of Marge and Jim their smiles were infectious, the picture above tells the story of their love for each other.
Thank You Don Sievers - Go Irish!"
" May Your God be With You Both and you Both With Your God.
David C. Lacks "
" I met JR when I started working with the Deaconess OR staff several years ago, and although I didn't know him on a daily basis, I must say what a great example of human being he was. He was always upbeat and such a caring man, Stay Cool, that was JR. He will be so missed by anyone that ever had the opportunity to meet him, I just wish I had been able to see him in the band. I send prayers to his son, daughter and family...This truly is tragedy at its worst.
Sureyya Tugrul, CRLS AKSM Lithotripsy Services "
" I only had the pleasure to meet Jimmy and Margie once at the 2005 WEBN Fireworks, when I went with Brittany. It was truly amazing, and an honor to watch the band play. He was truly talented. I was amazed by his playing style. He had such a sense of humor as did his wife. I only wish I could have told them that meeting them was an honor. I send my deepest condolences to their families and the band family.
"I knew Jim in grade school and through out high school. Lost touch for a few years between those but were reconnected with a mutual friend, Charlie Larkin. After that it was always fond hellos and jokes between us in the halls of NHS. His ever present smile would always warm the heart and his jokes were never ending. Jim, my friend you will be greatly missed by any and all who you touch throughout your life. My prayers go out to your families and all your friends you have made throughout these brief years you were with us. God bless and have a wonderful journey to the hereafter my friend.
Alice Spaeth Crawford Greenwood Indiana NHS Class of 81 "
"I just felt a need to express my heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Jim and Margie. I did not know them, but I live down the road from the accident site and travel the road daily. God Bless the survivors and watch over them.
Freeport, Florida "
"It has taken me a couple of days to digest this tragedy and how it must be so tough on the families of Jim and Margie as well as the Band's families. Our hearts and prayers go out to all. I was so shocked to have heard this news from my brother, Kevin, Sunday afternoon. I simply wanted to drop a short note to everyone and let you know we are thinking of you. Butler, Jeff Butler, you did a fine job on the Sunday night news, proud of you, had to be hard. So sorry, I am so saddened for all you guys.
Greg Valentine (Former drummer of St. Valentine many,many years ago) Sharon, Emily and Alex"
"I knew Jimmy and his family through my grade school years in Norwood . He was always upbeat and a pleasure to be around. I have been away from Cincinnati for 25 years now, serving in the US Navy. I had the good fortune to see Jimmy and Fast Forward display their awesome talent in Newport in 2002. Jimmy welcomed me as though I had never left. My heartfelt prayers go out to the members of his immediate family, the band, and all of the extended family, and countless friends Jimmy and his wife Margie leave behind. Unfortunate events like this really drive home one's own mortality. God Bless everyone as they transition through this difficult loss of such great people.
Greg and Olga Jones and Family
Guam, Marianas Islands"
"Margie and Jim Rook were a big part of my neighborhood. They were always willing to give a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Growing up Kylie was always one of my best friends. I will never forget Margie always having some game or craft for me and Kylie to do. The Neighborhood will always miss their friendly faces and they will always be loved by all of us.. This is truly a loss for everyone who new them. My thoughts and prayers go out to Kylie and Chris
" As I watched the news Sunday night, the announcement came over about Jim
"I met Jim in 1992 and was going through a tough divorce. It was the first time seeing the band play and he came up to me and took the time to introduce himself, and listen to my problems on his break. His wife what a sweet person, always with a smile like she knew you well. My son wanted a guitar, Jim had one and took the time to talk to him even though he did not have to. To all you guys in the band and especially Jim's son...keep playing the music because I know that's how he would want it! My wife and I express our sympathies to the families................
Losing two wonderful neighbors is hard to grasp that they are really gone. Jim and Margie were a great part of our neighborhood they kept us together as a family. I am having a hard time looking out my window and not seeing Margie sitting on her porch reading a book and drinking her coffee. My prayers are with Chris, Kylie and the rest of the family. Jim and Margie are going to be greatly missed.
" Although I did not know Jim and Margie personally my heart and prayers go out to the family. God bless and Keep you all.
"We are so sorry for your loss, As a fellow musician I know this is like loosing a member of your family. Our prayers are with you.
"My name is Matt Whittaker and I worked with J.R. at Deaconess as well as Good Sam. I have a friend named Mike Cefaratti who is the lead singer of Rented Mule. I think a benefit at a large location like JB Finns could help out Kylie and Chris financially. I know how tight knit the local music scene is in Cincinnati and I think bands would definitely come together to
"What can I say, the music world has lost a helluva musician! Jim had more energy than anyone I know. Dave, Tom and the rest of the Fast Forward band I am very sorry for your loss. I know he was a brother to you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to have met such a great guy and have such fond memories. To Chris, Kylie, Jim's mother, Trisha, Dale, Amy, Jim's cousins and Margi's family may the thoughts and prayers from all that have known two great people surround you and comfort you in your time of sorrow. We wish Megan and Kylie a speedy recovery from their injuries.
Carol Bouchy Donovan and Family"
" I met Jim in grade school but never became good friends with him. I remember him well because he was 1 of very few who never made fun of or picked on others. It sounds like he carried that through out his whole life. I read someone's thoughts about God has a calling for everyone but how we will never know Jim and Margie's, well their calling was in their everyday life, they touched so many people. Maybe their death becomes our calling: to help the Rook family and the families of all victims of a drunk driver.
God bless the Rook Family, Megan and her family. "
" Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Jim and Margie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Southern Lanes Sports Center"
"Jim and Margie, I was only in the family for 10 short years but I never forgot you two. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of these two fine human beings. God bless you all.
Kevin R. Sponholz"
Chris was Jim's pride and joy. I spoke with Jim a number of times in the last several weeks at the Blue Ash Rec gym and he always talked about Chris, he loved him so much. Chris is also a super talented musician, writer and vocalist. There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for Chris and Kylie and this terrible loss. Please take comfort in knowing that you both brought your parents so much joy, as a parent, I know this to be true. Our hearts and prayers are with you both.
"Bob and I had the pleasure of working with JR at Deaconess. It is hard to believe that it was 19 years ago that I met him. He made me feel so welcome; and was a great teacher. He always made my day better; and his smile was infectious! He loved to talk about Chris; as he was so very proud of him. I remember when he met Margie, she was the love of his life! When Kylie came along, he said life couldn't get any better- a wonderful son, a beautiful wife, and his baby girl! There was a time when I heard the band play every weekend. It was always so much fun to listen to such a talented musician. We feel privileged to have known JR. He was a wonderful friend to us. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Chris, Kylie, your families, and The Band. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Well JR, that's "What I Like About You."
"My world will never be the same. I was a friend of Jimmy. We played the drums together in high school. This was in the “Scarlet” and “First Offense” days. He was like an older brother to me…always giving advice, cheering me up and on, and just being Jim….incredible.
When I became legal and could go to Animations Jimmy made me and my friends feel like a part of the band. When I spoke to him about the possibility of Fast Forward playing at our 20 year high school reunion it felt as if it was just yesterday that we were sharing a laugh next to his drum kit at a pep rally. He spoke of how beautiful Kylie was, in fact he said how fortunate she was to have her mother's good looks!
I always looked forward to getting my Fast Forward band e-mails and looked at the pictures as if it were a family photo album. Margie's smile was the perfect compliment to Jim's kind soul. I will miss seeing that. I will forever love you!
Lori Downing Zwick"
"Oh those Friday & Saturday nights with the "Boys in the Band". And how painful the Sunday mornings were, but none will ever be as painful as the Sunday morning of June 25, 2006. My heart broke into a million pieces at the news of the death of Jimmy & Margie. I can never express the pain that I feel for their families. I thank God that we were with Tom when he heard the news, his devastation is beyond belief. We love Tom so much and are so sorry for his loss. It is so sad that we already went our "Separate Ways" All of my love & prayers always--FOREVER the ultimate "Fast Forward " groupee!!!
"I'll never forget looking up at you Jimmy, playing those drums and singing your heart out. You will never know the joy you brought to everyone who knew you. You were a friend. I will think of you & Margie from this day forward & remember forever and always how very much you will be missed.
Love Shawna & Steve Wellbrock"
"As I sit here on Myrtle Beach, we toast the Rook family as well as the Fast Forward family for all the great times that we shared with them over the years. As a sister-in-law to Tom, I can't express the sadness that I feel for him as well as for the entire Fast Forward family. Each of you were respected and admired for your wonderful talent as The Fast Forward Band. Tom, I love you, and I am truly sorry for your loss. May God bless each of you, and bring you comfort in this most difficult time. Thanks for the memories !!
"To The Rook Family, Extended Family, Friends, and Fans: We have had the privilege of knowing Jimmy for more years than I can count. My sister is best friends with Jimmy's mom. The Rooks have always been a part of our family. When we heard the sad news my heart sank. Only God knows why he needed these two ANGLES . We will never forget the love that Jimmy so willing gave to everyone. The last time I saw Jimmy was at my niece Christina's wedding. He gave me a big hug, it had been a while since I had seen him. But he made me feel like it was just yesterday. I know my nephew's David and Tom will miss him, they were like brothers. Our Prayers are with each and everyone. We will NEVER FORGET!!!!!!!!
Love Jake and Debbie Troutman"
" Although I never had the honor of meeting Jim or his wife, I will say I had the pleasure of hearing and watching him in action!! And may I say he was amazing to watch! Talk about talent!! I enjoyed listening to F.F. down at JB Finns a couple times last summer. Jim was the one who really made me enjoy the show with ALL that he could do at one time (play, sing, and well, PLAY & SING STANDING UP!!!!) AMAZING! I just found out and was just devastated by the news. You ALL will be in my prayers. No one can understand the bond a band has with one another.
God bless, Nicole Allen of the Nicole Allen Band "
" A million times we've needed you, a million times we've cried, If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still, In our hearts you hold a place that no one else can fill. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone, Part of us went with you the day God took you home. A Fast Forward Fan forever!!! You are in my thoughts in prayers.
" Our hearts ache for the loss of an extraordinary couple. Jim so confident and Margie so bubbly and they both shared their life raising Chris and Kylie. Chris and our son Todd, grew up together and Jim guided them in their music. He supported them in starting their own rock band in high school and always kept telling them "Whatever you want to do, you can do it. Just keep practicing and play hard". Jim was a mentor and second Dad to our son and Margie was a nurse to his Diabetes. We were friends, neighbors and they touched everyone they knew. There are no words that haven't been expressed about these two caring, talented, fun loving people whose laughter was contagious. They are now in God's arms. Peace Be With You! Chris, you know our door is always open to you. You know where the "key" is. May God Bless you and your sister and keep you safe. You're in our thoughts and prayers. To the Rook Family, Larkcom Family, Deaconess Hospital, The Fast Forward Band Family, Fans, Neighbors & Friends: We are all mourning the loss of two special people... But we have had the Privilege...
Jim & Dee Chumbley "
" JR was one of our best friends! He became a good friend through working in the OR at Deaconess. He made it all worthwhile. He always gave support, comfort and cherished every moment he spent with friends - looking forward to the next time we got together. Our sincerest sympathies go to Chris, Kylie and the families of JR and Margie. We will remember JR the last time we saw him - playing at JB Finn's singing, smiling and waiving good-bye. We will miss you.
Steve & Nancy "
" My family and I own the townhome that Margie and James were heading to for their vacation in South Walton County. They were also renting our friends home next door for their friends. We are shocked and deeply saddened for the family and friends of the Rook's, and our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Although we did not know the Rook's personally, with the exception of speaking with Margie regarding arrangements, we make an effort to make our guests feel as though our home is their home, and hope to create lasting friendships. From all the posts here on this site, we have truly felt the breadth of your loss. After speaking with son Chris yesterday, I realized the Rook's had to be truly special people who raised quite the gentleman. Ourselves and the entire South Walton County Community are outraged about what should have been a memorable vacation for the Rook family, wound up taking such a tragic turn. Our neighbors church held a special Mass, and her Pastor spoke about how in the now some tragedies seem unfair, but that God has a much larger plan than we can not understand now. My family and I live in New York, and 9/11 I lost my business partner in Tower 2 of the World Trade Center. He left behind a wife suffering with breast cancer and 2 children. I asked God the same question. Why take the life of someone so special and loved who was needed so dearly? His daughter was the same age as Kylie Rook is now. I do not know why such good people are taken tragically. The only thing that gives me strength is knowing that they were put here to bless our lives with their presence, but some higher power has a bigger plan for them. My family and Janie and Jim's family (our neighbors) will be keeping the Rook family and friends in our prayers and thoughts.
Sincerely, Donna and Christopher "
" I spent many weekends following Fast Forward, dancing and laughing together. I went to high school with several of the members and always made a point to stop at Animations to hear them. You will be missed by many! God bless your families...you will be in my thoughts and prayers!
Carol Caddell Case "
" From Beyond I am gone,
but do not mourn me,
For now my soul is truly free;
Keep only happy thoughts about me,
And now and then just sort some out,
Turn back the Clock of Memory,
W here once again you can still see:
My earthly self which you knew well,
But above all you must not dwell,
On times of sadness and grief,
For they will steal, just like a thief;
The happiness I left behind,
And wipe my pictures from your mind,
Since I was, I shall always be,
But remember, do not mourn me.
Margie & Jim Rook
June 24, 2006
Rest In Peace from Karen, Jillian & Ryan Harper"
" There is an overall sadness with the loss of these two wonderful people. Our lives will be forever changed due to the selfish actions of an individual who chose to drive under the influence of alcohol. Our family has not only lost a cousin, but truly a brother in our hearts. Our families were immensely close growing up, but as lives change and families grows so does the amount of time spent with each other, but feelings and embedded love never does. Jimmy, you and Margie were one unit, complimented each other so well, and even though you are no longer with us, you are with each other in heaven and hopefully know how much you are loved and how much you will be missed. God bless us all.
Your cousin......Debbie (Vogt) John "
" We were so shocked and saddened when we heard the news of Jim and Margie's passing. We Had the pleasure of getting to know the Rook's over the last two years because of our daughters friendship. We spent many hours in the Sycamore gym watching basketball and some very fun Saturday night's dancing at the Porch to the Fast Forward Band! I also had the pleasure of being a parent chaperon with Margie last month in Chicago. It was so much fun to get to know and spend that time with her! We were always struck by Jim and Margie's wonderful joy of life. Chris and Kylie your parents were so proud of you and their love for you was so apparent to all! Be strong and know you are loved by so many here in your community.
God Bless you both, you are in our prayers,
Jeff and Debbie Burt "
"As soon as I heard this news, my heart fell to my stomach. It is something that is just too hard to comprehend. My heart goes out to Chris and Kylie and all of Jim and Margie's friends and families and to all the band members. Fast Forward is second to none......what an awesome group of talented people. My heart especially goes out to Tom, who is our cousin. Tom, you were the first person Jim and I thought of when we heard this sad, sad news and you and Tracy will remain in our hearts and thoughts everyday. I can't express how sorry we are for everyone's loss. May you all find strength, hope and comfort knowing that Jim and Margie are safe now in God's hands and I'm sure they will be forever watching over each and everyone one of you.
God Bless You All.
" I have known Jim as a close friend and business acquaintance for close to 25 years. I was devastated to learn of the loss of him and his wife Margie. There is a void in the world that will never be filled again. The local music community is truly in mourning for two fantastic people. All of our prayers and thoughts are with them and their families. May God watch over you.
Tony Colwell Buddy Rogers Music "
" On behalf of our band, Inside Straight, we want to send our condolences to the families and to the band Fast Forward. We are truly saddened by the passing of Jim and Margie. We all admired your band and your fantastic drummer/singer. May God bless and be with you all.
Tony Colwell, Shawn Young, Donnie Rhoads, Bill Richey, Kevin Palmer. " The guys from Inside Straight "
" Getting together with our neighbor friends and dancing to the music of Fast Forward is a real treat for us. Jimmy was a true talent as is all the members of the band. Rick and I have always had great fun dancing and laughing with our friends at the many Fast Forward venues. Fast Forward always makes their audience feel as if we are part of the Fast Forward family. We had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Margie and Jimmy through our neighbors/friends Larry and Christy. The news of this lose to family, community, friends and the band, is heartbreaking. We hope that the family can feel some comfort in knowing that Jimmy and Margie touched so many people in such a giving and loving way. Chris and Kylie remain in our constant thoughts and prayers. We would be honored to participate in any benefit honoring Jimmy and Margie. Please do not hesitate to let us know what we can do for Chris and Kylie. May God Bless Jimmy, Margie, Chris, Kylie, their family and The Fast Forward Band members.
The Bravo's "
"I am a friend of Tommy Wagner, the keyboard player. I have been to see the band many times and was at JB Finns 2 weeks ago to see them. My heart goes out to you and the whole Fast Forward family. You have such a good outlook on life so I know God will take care of you all. I know it will be very hard to go on with the band, but I surely hope that you do. From reading all the messages on the sight, I think they would want you to. God bless you Chris & Kylie. Take care of each other.
Sue Eldon Whitaker"
"I did not know Jim and Margie but have heard so many great things about them and their family and I do live on West Ave as well and after reading the thoughts and prayers that people have written on the website I feel like I know them all so well. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone.
" We are all deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Jim and Margie's family and friends.
May God bless you all! Elaine & The Biscaynes and families "
" My heart deeply goes out to each and everyone of you!!!!!!!! My thoughts cannot express the way I feel. I have not followed the band like I would have wanted to because of the family and work. I have known these guys from the Barrelhead days. I would like to think I was their best bar/waitress they ever known. I know they were one of the best bands they ever known, I worked there. My heart will always be with you and my thoutghts. And you are right look up at stars and they will look down on you and they will be watching us, so make them proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!
KIM From the Barrelhead! "
" What can really be added to what everyone has already said. I knew Jimmy since we were classmates at St. Matthew's (Gressle) Catholic school, since second grade. To say we were like brothers would be an understatement. A handful of us who have been together since 2nd grade are one big family of brothers and sisters. When I heard the news from Tony, I was shocked and speechless. It is devastating to know that we won't be able to hear their laughter or see their smiles in our daily lives. As Chris stated, they cared more about others than themselves. When I was in Iraq in 2004/2005, Margie went out of her way to organize and send out care packages to my unit, to be sure that we knew we were appreciated. I will never forget that. Whenever I was home on leave from the Army, I would go to Jim and Margie's for a few hours and we would sit on the front porch and chew the fat and catch up on our families, our lives, and our futures. They loved their kids and would do anything for them. This certainly has made me think of the little things in life that mean so much. My life has been blessed to know them and call them "family".
" If you have the opportunity to share a part of your life with someone like Jim Rook, you are a very fortunate person. Well, I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to have shared a part of my life with him. Jim and I were both surgeon's assistants at Deaconess Hospital and had known each other for several years when we realized that we also shared a common interest of home improvement/remodeling. After doing a couple of small jobs together, we decided to form a corporation and "J&K Home Improvement" was born. We became very close at that time as we worked together during the day at the hospital as coworkers and then would leave work together to go about our "home improvement" business as business partners. Margie became involved at this point and took care of the "books" for the business. Jim became, to me, the little brother I never had. As we worked, we had the opportunity to share some very difficult issues in our lives including financial and family issues. It was always very apparent to me just how very much Jim loved his wife and family. He would often confide in me when he was struggling with family issues with the full intent of doing what was BEST for his family. After a few years and a lot of long hours, Jim and I came to the realization that the extra money the business was bringing in was not worth the time it was taking away from family. That became the end of "J&K Home Improvement". One special memory I have of that time we had the business going, was, Jim and I had made up a certain "secret hand shake". Every time we parted company at the end of a hard day's work, we would do that "secret hand shake" before we could be on our way. Jim had a work ethic that was second to none. We were always in agreement that the only way to do a job was to do it right. I believe that Jim lived his life on that principle in everything he did. If Jim was going to do anything, he was going to do it right! I know of, seemingly, countless stories where Jim would go out of his way to do extraordinary things for people and ask of nothing in return. That's just the way he was... which was very admirable. Yes, Jim and Margie will be sorely missed and words cannot express our feelings of loss in this tragic and senseless situation... but I consider myself truly blessed to have known Jim and Margie, even if it were for only a relatively short period of time. Chris and Kylie, God bless you both and know that you are loved!
Ken and Jan McLean (Yeoh Bro') "
"To Chris and Kylie, family and friends of Margie and Jim, as well as all of the band members and their wives, especially Larry and Christi, we are so very sorry for the unfairness that life unfortunately sometimes bears. Though all the prayers in the world cannot take away the pain that you are feeling now, we hope that it is comforting to read how Margie and Jim were such a staple in so many people's lives. Over the past three years, we have always looked forward to be where the band was playing and though the mornings after were a little rough, it was well worth the fun we had. There were times when I sat at a table with Margie before the crowd came in and always felt welcomed by her; such a genuine person always talking about Kylie and Chris. What a compliment to the families and friends of Jim and Margie and The Fast Forward Band to see the support of so many people. We will sincerely miss their familiar smiles and the band's amazing talent that always kept us dancing.
Yvonne, Jan, Debbie, Michelle, Stacey, Julie, Maureen, Cresta, Tricia, and Lesley "
" Just wanted to say that i recently saw fast forward at jb fins and the band sounded great as always. I just want you to know your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything i could do to help the family.
take care, Chad Stamper "
My prayers go out to Kylie, Chris, and Jim and Margie's family and many friends. I'm a friend and former co-worker of Jerry Kovacik's and I, and many of our friends at Cincinnati Bell, came out to enjoy and support the band whenever we could. Chris, and Kylie, please know that God loves you and will sustain you during this awful time through the many friends and amazing family that you have. God bless you.
Jimmy and Margie were caring loving people who appreciated the gifts and talents of others. Although they have moved on, their examples of compassion and consideration live on in our memories. I feel that I am a better person for having known them and consider myself richer because of those experiences and memories.
"JR WE ARE ALL GOING TO MISS YOU. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR THOUGHTS. THANKS FOR ALL THE WONDERFULL MEMORIES YOU LEAVE US WITH. PLAYING AC/DC “LIVE WIRE” FOR ME WAS GREAT. WHEN WE HEAR THE SONGS YOU DID, IT WILL ALWAYS REMIND US OF YOU. I THOUGHT I WAS THE LUCKY ONE KNOWING YOU, BUT BECKY IS THE REAL LUCKY ONE. SHE KNEW YOU MUCH LONGER THAN I DID. SHE REALLY MISSES YOU. I AM SORRY I DIDN'T GET TO KNOW THE REST OF YOUR FAMILY, BUT OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH THEM.
WE LOVE YOU!!
JIM & BECKY JUNG
PS: ONE LAST TIME…..HERE'S TO YOU _______ __ ____!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "
" Our sincerest sympathy goes out to the Rook family. We are so sorry for your loss. The Cincinnati music scene has lost another fine musician and two siblings have lost wonderful parents. If there is anything we can do, just say the word.
Members of Brothers First, Marty and Delbert Slone, Michael Denton, Rachel Schott,Chris Zerges"
" It is hard to express how sad and heart-broken our family is over the tragic loss of Jim and Margie. We have been friends with Jim's mom, Ruthann, for over 50 years and of course have known Jim since birth. We got to know Margie after Jim and Margie married. Although we knew Jim and Margie, we had no idea how much everyone loved, adored and respected them. What a legacy they leave us. God Bless everyone that knew and loved them.
Marge and Fred Cronin "
"Being a former member of the Fast Forward Band for 15 years, I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of something unbelievable. Not for the music, even though as a group we had more fun, and made a pretty good sound on the weekends! I was blessed, truly blessed to be a part of an amazing group of friends that became my family. These friends of mine, led by social directors Jim & Margie Rook, mean more to me than they know. Jim & Margie were special, special people. They were the first to be there if you ever needed help, first to be there for you, open their house up to you, whatever was needed. Jim was always there to help with some construction project, move some furniture, lend his truck for something. You'll never meet people with hearts like Jim & Margie!! They knew what was important in life, friends and family and not taken anything for granted. They will be missed tremendously! I hope that this serves as reinforcement to all to not take life for granted, tell those around you how much you love them, hug your kids, stop and smell the roses!! We love you Jimmy & Margie and will see you again some day.
Your friend, Rob “Boom-Boom” Blume"
"Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Margie...
Someone once said that "One lives in hope of becoming a memory." Your memory has grown around this place and become stronger than ever thought possible. It amazes me that when you loose someone, you realize that you love them one hundred times more than you imagined. Every time that a tear falls down my face it is because I am remembering every great aspect that these two brought to life. The hardest part of all is that they were such wonderful people who were thought of so highly by everyone that knew them.
Forever and always,
" I feel blessed that I was able to experience Jim and Margie's love for their family and his infectious music. Margie felt just as much joy for Jim's band and music as he did. I hope Jim and Margie can feel how much they were and still are loved here. Chris and Kiley...I can only say I am sorry for your incredible loss. We were all so fortunate to have them as friends, family, and parents. I know my life has been changed because of Jim and Margie Rook. May God hold you both in His Hands.
Joan Bridgewater "
I don't know you…..I don't know your family…..All I know is that in an email from the newspaper I saw the story about the crash. I don't know you guys at all, but my prayers and thoughts go out to your family. Your parents seem like they were wonderful people!!! You, your sister, & parents have truly touched my heart !!
God bless you,
Tanesha White "
"You are all in our thoughts and we are sorry for your loss....
Doug, Faith, John and Rob from Endive "
" I did not know Jim or Margie but I am blessed to know Jim's sister Tricia. From reading the things that are written about Jim on this website it is quite clear that Jim and Tricia share the same traits, both very loving, giving and caring people.I am deeply saddened for Tricia,Tony, Miles, Drew and Ali as well as the other family members of Jim and Margie.You are all in my thought and prayers. I hope the love and support of family and friends can help ease the pain you are all feeling.Tricia and Tony were there for me when I lost my mom and I want you both to know that I am here for you.Seek comfort in all of the love that surrounds you both as you set out to get through these next few painful days.Hold the memories you have shared with Jim and Margie close to your heart.
Love, Janie "
" On June 24th, a vacation we were all looking forward to for a long, long, time, Dave and I lost our best friends. Margie has been my best friend for 27 years and Jimmy has been what we affectionately call "My Next Husband", because he fixes things around our house. The tragedy of that day was horrific and will never leave our minds but the honor of spending the last hours and years with such good friends is something that we hold close to our hearts. Chris and Kylie and our children will always be told through stories and laughter about all the fun we shared, the vacations, the camping trips, the date nights with the band, the cookouts, the fix-r-up projects at both houses, how comfortable it was to be with them and how much they were cherished. Margie and Jimmy were so, so proud of their children and we're sure even more proud of the strength and courage they are giving to us. To say they are loved is not enough, to say they are respected is an understatement, and to say they were our family is the truth. They are More Than Friends. We Love them and will miss them forever.
Dave, Mary Ann, Ashley, Brett Reilly, David, Danielle, Brian, and Mariah Weckbach. "
" I saw the impact JR had on his coworkers and the patients he helped. Deaconess is a lesser place without him but a better place because of him. My condolences to all those affected by such a tragic loss.
Jeff Isaack "
"There are some people you always make a point of saying, "Hi," to when you pass by- JR was one of them. If he was in your OR, it was a good day. My deepest condolences go to his children, family and many, many friends. We were all lucky to have known him.
Eileen Alexander, Deaconess Hospital "
" I have never in my life seen such a large number of people attend a funeral. These two were truely put on this earth for a reason and they accomplished their mission. They brought forth love and friendship to hundreds if not thousands of people. Although I do not know any of you guys personally from the band, my wife and I have met and talked with you on several occasions when we came out to see you play. As I said in my prior e-mail, we grew up with Jimmy. But you talked about how important the music was in their life and you see what it has done to everyone else. It brings us all together. You guys need to stick together, as The Fast Forward Band. I believe and you guys probably feel the same, that Jimmy would want it that way. No one will ever, and I mean ever, fill Jimmy's shoes behind that drum kit. But I'm sure, after you guys look around a while you'll find someone out there that can give it a good shot. And maybe, just maybe, Jimmy will be pushing him your way from up there. God Bless You Guys. You stood strong for the families this weekend and you should be proud. Keep the info rolling on the web site so I can keep up on what you guys are doing.
Tom & June Wolf "
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families.
Joni and Beth (Hughes) "
" For as long as I have known Dave Stautberg (1989) the Fast Forward Band has been my favorite band. It is true that the band had a contagious attitude and that everyone there to party with them would "catch the fever"whenever they played. No one ever felt outside of the "circle" and that was largely due to Jimmy. He really never knew a stranger and made sure to talk to everyone. So whether you were counted as a best friend, or were a first time "rookie", it never mattered. It would seem that Jimmy was singing and playing just for you. And, per everything else here on this website, it sounds as if that is how he treated everyone in his life- like that person was the most important person in the world. I will miss him- and will always think of him whenever I hear "Roll with the Changes". I am keeping his family and close friends in my heart and prayers.
" We have two new angels looking down on us, we are blessed. My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends. Their memories will live in us forever.
Jenny Janszen "
" I knew Jim for six years at Deaconess, as well as SAY soccer matches that he coached. A man that I always looked forward to seeing each day, I never saw him perform or meet his family, the great loves of his life. What struck me about Jim after reading these posts was his humility. Once, when I asked him what he did in the band, he told me he played the drums. A lesser person would have boasted "I'm the lead vocalist" or something similar, but that was not the kind of person Jim was. It's clear that Jim was much more than a drummer to so many people.
Damian Dolan "
" Seashells in the Sand
The tide recedes but leaves behind
bright seashells in the sand
The sun goes down but gentle warmth
still lingers on the land
The music stops
and yet it echoes on in sweet refrain
For everything that passes
something beautiful remains "
"I was out of town when I heard the devastating news and it is still hard to believe this has happened. My condolences go out to his children and family. I have only met Margie but from what I have read she will be deeply missed.
I met Jimmy in High School and I had followed his band for years. Jimmy has and will always be a very special part of my life and it is wonderful to see how much Jim and his wife have touched others. My prayers are with the Rook Family and one day we will all be together again.
" I was on vacation last week in S.C. and learned of this tragedy last night. The news was as sad as any I have heard. Our family has traveled down that road many times as many of you have. The loss was felt deeply by many. Their life was filled with energy that touched many people. I have played in the music scene for many years and have seen Fast Forward on and off through the years. Many different members have been in that band but Jim was always there, standing to my amazement. I am a drummer and to be able to do what he did was amazing. Jim and Margie have moved into the light and as light will be with us forever warming us and filling us with hope.
" Chris and Kylie I can't tell you how sorry we are. We didn't find out about this until last Sat. night so we are very sorry we didn't get to the service. Kylie--I sat behind your mom on the bus when we went to Chicago. We talked about how proud we were of you girls and what wonderful young women you are turning into. Chris-- I have only met you a couple of times but I had a nice talk with Margie during one of Kylie's soccer games about how close she felt to you and you were like a son to her. The last time I saw you was actually the first time I got to see your Dad's band play at Porch of All Sorts right before the Chicago trip. I was blown away by their talent and seeing your dad standing up at his drumset singing was amazing. I'm sure your parents are at peace knowing you are there for Kylie and she for you. I will remember your mom and dad fondly and will miss sitting next to your mom, Kylie, at the soccer games. Even when you and Kelly were on different teams she would cheer Kelly on and I would cheer you on. I think we had the biggest mouths of all the soccer parents. I will miss your dad, we had some good talks about how we thought you girls should be coached in basketball and soccer. It didn't suprise me a bit when he assisted coach Gordon. Just know you are in our hearts and our lives are fuller from having known your mom and dad. I told Kelly that as tragic as this has been your mom and dad would galdly give their lives ten times over rather than having anything happen to you and Megan. We are here for you and are praying for all of you.
Kathy and Kelly Korte"
" Jimmy and Margie have been with so many of us for so long. Even though we weren't with the band as much in the past few years, so many memories were already in place. When we attended a party with Jimmy and Margie recently, it was like no time had passed; our friendship was still in place as it was before. Jimmy was the best friend a guy or a girl could have. He was fun and funny but you felt that whatever he said seriously was true- just because Jimmy said it! He could offer the best advice because you knew it was based on one of the best moral compasses imaginable. I know how much I will miss Jim and Margie and I haven't seen them that often in the past few years. I can't imagine how difficult it will be for those of you who saw him frequently. The good part is we all have such great memories of them, and many life lessons. They were dedicated to each other and their family and friends. Jimmy was a great listener and seemed to always have the answers! At least we know if we ever have a question, we can think, what would Jimmy do?, and we'll have the answer. So I hope we can all be consoled by knowing he will be in our hearts anytime we need him. Jimmy and Margie we will miss you so much. Thanks for everything you've given us! My thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Kylie, Margie and Jimmy's families and the band. Thank you so much for the touching visitation and service. The posters, video and personal conversations were so helpful. Thank you Band for making this outlet available for everyone too. It has been a wonderful expression of love.
You friend, Gina Blume"
" We just found out about the tragic loss of Jimmy and Margie. Janet and I have both known Jimmy since we were kids. Jimmy was a neighbor to my cousin on Wayland Ave. We all used to play wiffle ball and we had a blast. As we got older we lost track of each other but would run into each other around town and always stop to catch up with each other. I never will forget the day I was wheeled into the operating room at Deaconess for knee surgery. All of the nurses and assistants were prepping me for surgery. This masked man appears over top of me and says " Hey Ken, do you know who I am?" I laughed and told him No. He pulled his mask down a little and I saw it was Jim. We laughed and talked until they put me out. Jim stopped by the next day to visit me for a while and to check on me. That is the type of person he was. Several years later I had another knee surgery and Jim was there again to take care of me. I will always remember those moments we shared as kids playing and him doing his job of taking care of me during surgery. May God be with the Family in this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Ken Lancaster & Janet (Smith) Lancaster "
" In Loving Memory of my Partner at Generation's Concert Cafe, Joey Moses and myself, I would like to give my condolences and prayers to Jim's family and the members of The Fast Forward Band. We had the best times when they played at Generations and I will always have fond memories of Jim and the rest of the band.
"I just wanted you all to know that my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I know that this is probably way too early to think about but I feel your band should go on. It would be an honor in Jim's name. He loved that band and I know he would hate to see it fall apart.
A devoted fan!!!
" What an awesome couple they must have been. May you both make beautiful music together from above. I did not know them or the family. I do remember going to see the band play at Head First years ago with my friend Amy. Those were the good ol days. I just wanted to give my condolences to each and everyone of you at such a difficult time.
Sincerely, Colleen Menetrey "
"Just a note to express our sincere sadness at the loss of Jim and his wife.
Mark and the Band (The Gamut)"
" Recently on a beautiful Sunday afternoon I was heading to Norwood to visit my parents. My family stopped at Larosa's to pick up pizza for everyone for lunch. There on the counter was a flyer for the Holy Trinity festival in Norwood and the featured band for Saturday was "Fast Forward" . I told my wife that this was the band Jimmy Rook was in and that I had not seen him in years and that we had to make it a point to get back to Norwood at the end of the month to check them out. I knew the band continued to have such a huge following and that a lot of my old friends would surely be there. During lunch my Mom started talking about the Rook family and how they were coping....having been on vacation the week of the accident I had not heard the news. I was devastated to say the least. I am very disappointed I could not have gone to the services to celebrate the life of an awesome individual. I hung around with Jimmy and friends back in his early music days out of high school with "First Offense". I remember hanging out in the Rooks basement and helping out every now and then with the lights, sound and even lugging that full size piano around! Mom (Ruth) Rook, you deserve "Sainthood" for putting up with the noise and the crowds! Though I did not know the other members of Fast Forward I thought they had an incredible sound and the common denominator for both band's success was Jimmy's incredible vocals. He surely attracted a great bunch of friends and fans! This past week has been a rush of emotions for me... thinking of old friends, great times, even better music...but most of all, that we have all lost an incredible person, responsible for a lot of great memories in our life! As life is always teaching us, remember to take advantage of every moment! My thoughts and prayers are with both families.
Mike McCaffrey "
"I hesitated to write anything on the website, because I never met Jim's wife or children and only knew Jim for about 4 months when he came from Deaconess Hospital to work at Good Sam. I am a nurse in the OR at Good Sam. When I first met JR in our staff lounge, I asked him if he knew my mom, who has worked at Deaconess for close to 30 years. When he knew that I was her daughter, he asked me how my mom was doing and told me how much he liked her. My mom had a battle with colon cancer and he wondered how she was doing. When I told him she was doing great he was SO HAPPY and said what "a great lady" she is, which I agreed!! Jim continued to ask me how my mom was doing, always asking me to tell her hello. When he went back to work at Deaconess, he was always telling my mom to say hello to me and the Good Sam
Sincerely, Anne(McSwigan) Bodkin"
" Jimmy and Margie, it's hard to talk about one without including the other. I met Jimmy at the Barrelhead Bar, his band "Fast Forward" was playing. Everyone talked about the stand up singing drummer. My friends and I had to check out this wildly popular band- who could have foreseen the future! Not long after that I met my future husband, Larry VanDruten while he was playing in a band called St. Valentine. St. Valentine and Fast forward soon became the "Must See" bands in Northern KY. By then Jimmy had met and fallen in love with a girl from Southgate named Margie Larkcom. By Jimmy and Margie knowing me they contacted Larry with the possibility of joining Fast Forward. The stars aligned just right and the New Fast Forward band was born. What a success!! It has been the ride of a life time- close friendships were formed, marriages happened, children were born and we became a true Band Family. For that I thank everyone in the band, especially Jimmy and Margie. For had it not been for that phone call 16 yrs ago none of this would have been possible. Thanks for all the love and great memories from everyone, friends, family and fans. Friends are a rare jewel indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us. Show your friends how much you care. Remember to always be there for them, even when you need them more. For you never know when it may be their time to go. Cherish the time you have and the memories you share..... Being friends with someone is not an opportunity but a SWEET responsibility. You are in Gods arms now Jimmy and Margie, my dear sweet friends, I love you both.
Christi VanDruten "
" My name is Todd Griffin. I play in a local cover band named The Noble Hardymen. I do not know anyone involved with this situation but I wanted to let everyone know that I am touched by this whole story. I read about this in the paper and then came to the website. Everything that is being done is so beautiful. May god be with all the family and friends involved and comfort you in your time of need. Again my sympathy and heart goes out to you all. God Bless
" I have known Jim and Margie my whole life. They have helped me accomplish so much and without their help I don't know what I would have done. They have always been there for me. They always said "Remember our door is always open" and when ever I needed to I knew I could count on them to be there. They lived a wonderful life and our street has had an incredible loss but, this whole experience has brought us all closer together. They were the mom and dad of our street or to the adults the bother and sister. They were the sweetest people and just going outside and looking across the street upsets our family but we are all going to make it through this tragic time. I will miss Margie and Jim but they always have and will always stay in my heart. I pray for that family every night.
*~*just remember the good times and never let them leave your hearts. *~* *~*Kristen Myers*~* "
" Listening to Rook sing the opening song on this web page brings tears to my eyes and many memories to my mind. It looks like Rook and Margie had a great life together. I'm sorry I haven't been around Cincinnati for the last few years to share in the bands success. Jimmy will always be my friend. My deepest sympathies go out to the Rook/Vogt Family and the Fast Forward Band Family.
Patty (Carr) Doshier, Hopkinton, Massachusetts Norward High School Alum, Class of '81 "
" I met Jimmy in high school when my cousin Debbie and Jimmy went out . I played in a band Cryer with Barry Childress and Leo Shelton. We got a chance to play Bogarts and we needed another band to play . We asked Jimmy ,Mark, Jeff ,and Phil if they would like to play, and they said yes . Bogarts did not know any of our bands. It was a mid week date and we drew over 800 people. It was the largest crowd for local groups till CJSS. I have not seen Jimmy for some years. I would get off work and drive around . I would go by Animations and say to myself to give Debbie a call and find out the name of Jimmy's band . I never did! It was Gods way of telling me to do something. I will regret that! Jimmy was one fine person and friend! Don't have any regrets, don't let a friendship end on a misunderstanding just call and tell them you were thinking of them and you care. Because tomorrow might be too late. May God be with you all. God speed Jimmy & Margie
former member of Cryer Randy Daulton (REGGIE) NHS 82 "
" Hi, Let me say that I never knew Jim and Margie Rook, but we were on our way to our vacation home in Florida that terrible day and we were on the causeway where the accident occurred just a few hundred yards away. I was so saddened that day to think anyone had lost their lives and as I sat there I thanked God for my family and prayed for the people I did not know. As news of the tragedy became available and I learned who the victims were, I felt compelled to know more about Jim and Margie Rook. I found this wonderful web site through the newspaper article that spoke of Jim's love for music. I was truly amazed at the outpouring of love for these people. I can see what special people Jim and Margie were and how their spirits live on through the people who loved them so much. This weekend we returned to Florida for the first time since the accident and as we came closer to where the tragedy occurred I thought of Jim and Margie and prayed for them and their children. It had just stormed and the gray cloudiness shrouded me with sadness for the loss of these dear people. Just as quickly as the storm blew in, the most brilliant rainbow appeared right over the bridge reminding me of God's love for his people and Jim and Margie's brilliant spirits. Though I didn't know Jim and Margie before they died, it has been a honor for me to know who they were and how much they were loved by all of you.
Sincerely, Amy Toothaker Birmingham, Alabama "
"Jim, you were my BEST friend! Best friends are hard to come by and you managed to have many people call you their best friend! It has been a pleasure and an honor to play music with you for the last 23 years!!! My brother Tom and I always considered you a brother as we grew up. Our families go back over 50 yrs with our parents being best of friends before they were ever married. When we were growing up I wanted to play the drums like you and be in a band. When you were in the first band with Tom that really made me want to play and I thought "well I better figure out another instrument to play" because I wanted to play music with you!!! There has always been a special bond between us on and off the stage. I will always cherish your love of music, friendship, commitment to how you lived your life. I don't know if I can ever live up to that level but you give me something to strive for.
Margie, you were such a kind soul and a great friend to me during all the years that we knew each other. When Jim met you I knew you were going to make him a happy person because he found his soul mate. You complimented each other in many ways and I want to thank you for that. The love you had was very special!
I truly believe that you are put on this earth to accomplish something good and when that is done God will call you home. Jim and Margie touched so many people throughout their lives and done so many wonderful things. Spending a couple of days going through the postings and seeing what people wrote about the two of them is amazing. Chris and Kylie, you are always in my thoughts and prayers and you have a great family surrounding you. My deepest sympathies go out to the Rook family, Larkcom family, friends, and co-workers.
My brother, keep the beat going and we will meet again!!!
Jim and Margie you were simply the best and I will miss you dearly!!!
David, Karen, Maya, and Ani Stautberg
It's been a month to the day since we lost you and Margie and not a day goes by, probably more like an hour goes by, that I don't think of you. You can't believe how many lives you both touched and how you were loved and are missed. I find myself talking to you a lot and you wouldn't believe how much I miss our almost daily chats about usually nothing. I have really struggled with both you and Margie being taken from us. You were always a person that I was proud to have as my closest friend. Your passion for life, your dedication and love for your family, and your commitment to trying your best at everything you did made you one of the people that truly inspired me. Since you've been gone I find myself struggling at almost everything, home, work, generally life, and music. But things need to change. I have 2 terrific boys that need Dad to be there for them, a wonderful wife that deserves more attention than I have been able to provide, and a job that I truly care about. So realize as I try to move on through life without you around, that you still mean the world to me. Life will never be the same without you and Margie but it was a whole lot better that you both were here at all. In closing I know it's time to move forward. It's time to be the husband and father my family needs me to be, it's time to be the compassionate and caring friend that I used to be, it's time to realize all of the gifts God has given us that we take for granted, it's time to contact family members and friends we used to before we were all too busy, and it's time to play music. You will always be my closest friend and will never be forgotten.
One of your many best friends,
"This is the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I have been playing music longer than I can remember, and have spent all of that time looking for the perfect drummer, singer, and band manager. Jim Rook turned out to be all of those things rolled into one, plus so much more. I have had the honor of sharing the stage with Jimmy for the last 13 years, and along the way, through all the rehearsals, gigs, phone calls and family gatherings that we shared, Jim Rook became one of my best friends. He and Margie opened their home up to the rest of us for rehearsals, and we became close to their kids, Chris and Kylie. If Jimmy ever needed the lyrics to a song, he knew Kylie was always there to print them out on the computer for him. If anyone showed up a little early for rehearsal, Jim and Margie would always ask them to come upstairs to share dinner with them. That's just the kind of people they were. Jimmy was the kind of person who led by example. You knew you had to work hard because Jimmy was. You knew not to come to rehearsal or a gig unprepared, because Jimmy would not be. Jimmy hated excuses, and didn't have time for them. At the end of the night, no matter where we were playing, if Jimmy was happy, it was a good night. Even though Jimmy hated being called the “boss”, we all knew whose band it really was. Jimmy's generosity and willingness to help others was contagious. He made everyone who knew him want to be a better person. Had it not been for music, our paths may have never crossed, but in the end, we shared a lot more than the music. I will always miss my friend, but I thank God every day for the memories and the times that we had. None of us knows why or when these things have to happen. That is why it is so important that we let the people we care about know how very much they mean to us and try never to take one single day or friendship for granted.
Jimmy and Margie, we'll miss you always
Tom & Tracey Wagner "
" Dear Family and Friends, It's been 2 months now that Jim and Margie were taken away from us and with the holidays fast approaching, I found a wonderful poem that I think everyone whose lives these two wonderful people have touched will appreciate and hopefully find some comfort.
If Tears Could Build A Stairway and memories a lane.
I would walk right up to Heaven and bring you both back again.
No farewell words were spoken. No time to say "Goodbye".
You were both gone before I knew it, and only God knows why.
My heart still aches with sadness and secret tears still flow.
What it meant to love you both, No one can ever know.
But now I know you both want me to mourn for you both no more:
To remember all the happy times life still has much in store.
Since you'll both never be forgotten, I pledge to you both today.
A hollowed place within my heart is where you'll both always stay.
Jim and Margie we love and miss you very much and will always remember....
Love, "Cousin Renee" Milwaukee, WI "
" Fast Forward Members along with family and friends, Hi my name is David Weckbach, son of Mary Ann and David Weckbach. It was a year ago tomorrow that my family along with the Rook family was involved in a horrible accident that took two of the best people that have ever been in my life. I have been holding off on writing this but my emotions got to me and I thought this would be the best time to do it. I know that every one has the great memories of Margie and Jimmy but what they have done for me has been amazing. They had a big influence on my life and has been a big factor in the person that I am today. Yes we all miss them but just keep on remembering they always put a smile on our face and a song stuck in our head. So when it comes tomorrow be with me in honoring two of the greatest people to live. I love the Fast Forward members, my friends, family, any one that has helped me through the hardest time in my life, and anyone that Margie and Jimmy has sent that I have been able to get to know through this situation.
Thanks I LOVE YOU GUYS David
ps I cant wait to see you guys again "
" I miss you so much and can't believe that it's been over a year. That day was one I'll never forget and think about every day. I wish you were here all the time. I know that you are always watching over us and waiting until we can be together again. I love you and pray that I can be like you one of these days. Watch over all of us! I love you two very dearly and will always miss you.
All my love, Ashley Weckbach "