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Jimmy 'Jigs'

Updated: Jul 13

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Jimmy ‘Jigs’ Giroux

I'll tell you

was a good friend of mine

As kids we climbed the beaches

at Cape Tormentine

He played for Detroit’s farm team

down in Michigan

A hike from his New Brunswick home

back in Shippagan


Last March I flew

to Grand Rapids

caught a Griffins game

The team was on a four-match skid

with the coach receiving blame

As a winger, ten goals, nine assists

helped Jigs to pay the rent

A 'big show' stint with the Red Wings

his biggest achievement


The Griffins won

that Monday tilt

and Jimmy got a point

Our first stop a watering hole

a team-favourite joint

I got introduced to players

a few girls came to chat

I talked to a real beauty

said she was a Democrat


Didn’t notice

Jimmy leave

thought maybe the bathroom

Then suddenly I heard a scream

shouts from the back room

When the bar began to settle down

I went to look around

Then I saw a pool of blood

and Jigs stretched on the ground


There never was a doubt about

the time, the spot, who fired the shot

The only thing I never got

was why he died and for what


An ambulance

to Saint Mary’s flew

with Jimmy in the rear

He was dead upon arrival

a bullet through the ear

The family wept cremation

and I ensured it was complete

Took three connecting flights for home

his ashes at my feet


There never was a doubt about

the time, the spot, who fired the shot

The only thing I never got

was why he died and for what


You know St. Jerome

overflowed

that really sad spring day

The Red Wings and Griffins came

with respect to convey

But Jimmy ‘Jigs’ will be no more

for any future time

Shippagan’s successful son

is lost to senseless crime


There never was a doubt about

the time, the spot, who fired the shot

The only thing I never got

was why he died and for what


There never was a doubt about

the time, the spot, who fired the shot

The only thing I never got

was why he died and for what




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