James S. (Jimmy) Combs Jr. of Edgartown died unexpectedly in the early morning hours of Dec. 14, 2017, while visiting with friends and family in Ohio. The cause was an automobile accident as the passenger of a drunk driver, leaving his family and friends shocked, their lives shattered. He was 27.

Born on March 25, 1991, Jimmy moved from his hometown in Ohio to Edgartown in February 2011, falling in love with the Island. He lived with his mother, Karen Newhart, and worked in several locations in Edgartown, including Donaroma’s, the Dairy Queen and The Mailroom, meeting many of his closest friends on the Vineyard.

Jimmy was happiest surrounded by friends and family. He was a loving and caring brother, a favorite cousin, a cool nephew, a fun and loyal friend and coworker. Most of all, he was a cherished and beloved son and grandson who placed his parents and grandparents above all others.

You knew that with Jimmy “what you saw was what you got!” He loved you for who you were, without judgment. He was easygoing, fun loving, the life of the party. He was funny and had an energy and smile that could capture you before he said, “Hi, I’m Jimmy.” His affable nature and beautiful soul are ours to remember with immeasurable sadness and acute fondness.

He was a beacon, his light tragically dimmed, a young man whose death could have been prevented. The driver, who survived the accident, was one of his best friends. Jimmy’s family asks that everyone remind their friends, family and themselves to think before they get in the car with an impaired driver.

A celebration of Jimmy’s life will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs.

All who loved Jimmy, miss Jimmy, were fortunate enough to revel in the sheer pleasure of his company, laughed at his silliness, sang along to the radio with him, watched LeBron dunks with him, worked with him or were on the receiving end of Jimmy’s excellent customer service and smile, are invited to come and share stories.

The day before would have been his 28th birthday. It’s going to be a love-fest.