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farewell to Jim Bisbing

Jim was our church choir director and organist for about a decade, leaving FPCPA in 1998 when his hearing began to fail. He’d been doing church music for over 40 years, serving in Detroit, San Francisco, Palo Alto, and finally in Marin. Jim had a wry sense of humor, an incredible talent for getting amazing singing out of just about anyone, a self-deprecating style that was disarming and jovial, a passion for church music, liturgy, and a powerful command of the organ. 

He was married to Alan Quan for decades. Alan helped with the music ministry to our children, fixing macaroni and hot dogs for them to eat after their choir practice following Sunday worship. Jim and Alan lived in San Francisco, and Jim’s greatest joys in retirement were walking through San Francisco’s neighborhoods, good food, conversation and storytelling. 

During Jim’s last year he had multiple health problems and had fallen several times. In May he fell in the shower and was taken by ambulance to Kaiser Hospital. Due to Covid restrictions, his husband Alan could not be with him. Jim passed away that night. Alan has moved to Oakland to be with his mother and siblings. At the moment, no memorial service is planned.

Alec Henderson and Don Fidler have shared with us the video of our Farewell Party for Jim in 1998, as well as the program for that night and the lyrics to “Master of the Loft”. Here are the links: