I just returned from a visitation. James Arnold Hathman, a former St. Louis police officer and a retired District Council President of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Ironworkers, passed away late last week. He will be missed.
Jim was an Ironworker his whole career, but his life was much fuller than that. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, but even those pastimes paled beside his love of boxing. His heroes were named Rocky, Joe, and Ali. He fought and he taught boxing with great sportsmanship. The fighters he coached were among the best to come out of this very boxing city.
Jim saw in boxing a way to help people, particularly kids. He was the head coach of the South Broadway Athletic Club — and a mentor and father figure to dozens of young men. He participated in — and later coached — the annual Guns and Hoses.
I considered Jim a friend — and he was a supporter in every campaign of mine I can remember. I will miss him very much.
I extend my condolences to his siblings, his children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren, and to Suzy.