Soccer Icon Timber Jim Reflects On A Unique Northwest Life

Posted by Garrett Staples on July 03, 2017. 0 Comments

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When the biggest soccer rivalry in the Northwest — maybe in all of Major League Soccer, some argue — reaches the 80th minute on Sunday, a song will grow from the Timbers Army in Providence Park.

The crowd will continue a 13-year home match tradition by singing “You Are My Sunshine” in the waning minutes of the match. 

It’s part love song for the team and part memory for Hannah, the daughter of a man named Jim Serrill.

Serrill was Timber Jim, the mascot and beating heart of the Portland Timbers. 


Timber Jim on the 80-foot spar pole in the south end of the park.

Courtesy of Allison Andrews

Jim wore work clothes, wielded a chainsaw and, under the...

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It's time Oregon clean up its dirty diesel problem

Posted by Garrett Staples on July 03, 2017. 0 Comments

Article by The Oregonian (April 10th 2017)

By Jim Serrill

 

Being "Timber Jim" for the Portland Timbers wasn't just a stage act; I was a career line clearance tree trimmer for nearly 40 years. Late in my "day job" utility career, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. My work truck partner developed the same type of cancer. His experience has been much worse and more painful than mine. Ten men in my industry were diagnosed with cancer as well.

It wasn't long after I was diagnosed that I learned that railroad workers, firefighters, truckers, miners and others like me who worked with diesel engines and diesel exhaust face an increased risk of several kinds of cancer. There was a sticker on my wood chipper that stated "this machine is known to cause cancer and reproductive harm in the State...

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The story of Timber Jim

Posted by Garrett Staples on May 26, 2016. 0 Comments


To heaven in an instant, Jim Serrill says, is how his 17-year-old daughter Hannah left this life, and 10 years later the thought triggers tears and heartache just as quickly.
He is known more famously as Timber Jim, the first mascot of the Portland Timbers. A tree man by trade, he would hang upside down from the rafters during the game, all while beating a bass drum "like a rented mule," he says. 
And to honor Oregon's heritage, he would climb to the highest point in the stadium – atop an 80-foot spar pole at the south end of the field — where his drum was interrupted only by the revving of his chainsaw, which he used to rally enthusiasm for an impending corner kick.
He would stay atop the pole until the Timbers scored. 
He has been retired as Timber Jim since 2008, but his presence is still felt at every home game....
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Cancer Killer Auction

Posted by Garrett Staples on May 26, 2014. 0 Comments

Please join me for an afternoon full of wine tasting and viewing of local artist and live auction of MLS Jersey's all signed by the players, true collector's items. Your attendance will be helping to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin's disease while improving the quality of life for those patients and their families.

When & Where
JELD-WEN FIELD
KEYBANK CLUB 
1844 SW Morrison
Portland, OR

Sunday, June 3, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PT)

Featuring Local Artists: Craig Mitchelldyer Ken Rumbaugh Brent Diskin Jersey's to be auctioned include: Portland Timbers, LA Galaxy, NY Red Bulls, DC United, Vancouver White Caps, Seattle Sounders, San Jose Earthquakes, Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, Real Salt Lake, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City, Chicago Fire, Montreal Impact, Toronto F.C., Philadelphia Union, F.C. Dallas, New England Revolution and Columbus Crew 100% of the ticket sales & auction proceeds will go to...

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