I never thought I’d ever be writing something like this, let alone at my age.
James Pendarvis was born on Tuesday, June 24, 1997 – he would have been 24 years old in just a couple weeks.
The morning of June 9 he suffered a severe asthma attack that left him in critical condition. Try as they may, doctors were unable to revive him by getting oxygen back into his lungs. Wednesday was a crushing day for his closest friends and family.
Pendarvis forged many relationships in his time, especially in the Pokemon Trading Card Game community. I think he would like you to know if you’re one of those people that he appreciated you; many of us know this firsthand. While Jimmy may have seemed like a no-nonsense kind of guy, he was kind at heart. His favorite Pokemon was Gengar.
He would jump to a joke, care in a crisis and help in a heartbeat.
Jimmy is survived by his parents, girlfriend and cat, Boo.
Jimmy is remembered in the community as a dominant player with almost innumerable achievements. Here are just a few:
- 20th Place, Worlds 2015
- 14th Place, United States Nationals 2016
- 1st Place, Indiana Regionals 2016
- 6th Place, Wisconsin Regionals 2017
- 20th Place, North America Internationals 2017
- 6th Place, Worlds 2017
- 6th Place, Texas Regionals 2018
- 5th Place, Oceania Internationals 2018
- 7th Place, Ontario Regionals 2018
- 8th Place, Mexico Regionals 2018
- 3rd Place, North America Internationals 2018
- 14th Place, Worlds 2018
- 1st Place, Oregon Regionals 2018
- 1st Place, Virginia Regionals 2018
- 1st Place, California Regionals 2018
- 1st Place, Ontario Regionals 2019
- 27th Place, Europe Internationals 2019
- 6th Place, Wisconsin Regionals 2019
- 22nd Place, Latin America Internationals 2019
A five-time Regional Champion, Jimmy and friends infamously dominated the 2018-2019 season – he personally won four Regionals, three consecutive. Jimmy loved creating control decks, in fact, I would say that was his favorite part of the game. In the 2019-2020 season he began to lose interest in competitive play, instead focusing more on his online business of buying and selling cards. With the pandemic he shifted his focus entirely to entrepreneurship and did not intend to return to competitive play.
Jimmy had been contributing to ChannelFireball with a collecting/investing series which I would highly recommend checking out. I bet it would make him very happy to know that people are still enjoying his content.
We love you, Jimmy. We will never forget you. Many tears have been shed on this day. You mattered to us immensely.
Rest in peace.
Me and Jimmy always had a competitive rivalry even when we were Juniors! I probably would have quit back 2012 if it wasn’t for him always trying to beat me. Pokemon tournaments will never be the same for me and I will always miss him. Dean Nezam
Over the past year I became very close with Jimmy, he acted as a mentor both in Pokemon and in life in general. From helping me start my own business to our constant shenanigans in Discord, Jimmy was always around. A group was formed during quarantine between me, Joe Ruettiger, Carter Musgrove, Jon Eng and Jimmy – we talked every day whether it be about stocks, Call of Duty, fantasy football, or life in general. Jimmy will be missed each day as we move forward, and I will forever cherish the good times we had. We were brothers. Michael Catron
This page will be updated over the coming days as comments, pictures and stories come in. Please consider donating to Jimmy’s funeral fund here.