Bayfield Man Remembered as Passionate, Loving

By KBJR News 1

January 29, 2013 Updated Jan 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM CDT

Bayfield, WI (NNCNOW.com)-- The small, tight-knit community of Bayfield is experiencing a loss of one of their own after an accident on the ice this weekend.

And nobody is feeling the loss like Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, who remembers her husband as inspiringly passionate.

New love knew no rules for Hannah and Jim Hudson.

"He walked up to me and I knew I was going to marry him right away," said Hannah Stonehouse Hudson with a smile Monday in Bayfield.

The couple found common ground fast.

"Within five minutes we started talking about fishing and he said, "You like to fish?" and his eyes got huge and we basically moved in together after that," Hudson said.

Hannah describes their marriage with one, simple word. Fun.

"We had a lot of fun together, we went fishing together, and we did all kinds of good stuff. We were best friends."

But this storybook tale ended with a tragic twist because Jim unexpectedly died over the weekend on the lake he loved.

"He knew he was going to die fishing. He always said that so although I can get upset about it, he died doing what he loved," said a teary eyed Hudson.

Hannah hopes her husband's life of passion will inspire others to do the same.

"I want people to do what they love, I want them to do what they're passionate about and if anybody can take anything from this just do what they're passionate about because you never know what's going to happen, ever."

A lesson from the life of Jim; a silver lining on the shores of Lake Superior.

There will be benefit held Tuesday at Stagenorth Theater in Washburn at 7:30 at night.

There will be music, food and donations will be accepted to benefit the Hudson's

Services for Jim will be Sunday in Bayfield at the Pavilion at 2 in the afternoon.

Zach Vavricka

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