Jim Lovell, a resident of Cold Spring, N.Y., was one of the four people who lost their lives Sunday on the derailed Metro-North train. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt spoke with Jim Lovell's family about the loss and filed the following report for NY1.
COLD SPRING, N.Y. -- Finn Lovell, 17, wants his late dad to be remembered not as a victim, but as a supportive father and family man.
"It's just so sad that he's gone," he said. "Not only was he my father, he was one of my closest friends. Just everything you could ask for in a dad."
Jim Lovell was an independent contractor who frequently worked as an audio technician for NBC's "Today Show." He was headed to the city to prep for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony Sunday morning when the train he was traveling on derailed, killing him.
Lovell left behind three sons, Finn, Jack and Hudson, a daughter, Brooke, and his wife, Nancy Montgomery.
"She came home. All my brothers came into my room, and she said, 'He's gone,'" Finn Lovell said.
It was tragic news for the entire tight-knit community in Cold Spring, where Jim grew up, raised his family and spent the majority of his life giving back.
"Nobody could say a bad word about him. He never said a bad word about anybody," said resident John Zuvic. "I'm in pain myself. It's a fact. He was a really good guy."
Jim Lovell will be remembered by many as they prepare to say their final goodbyes to a man known for always wearing a smile.
"We're all torn apart, heartbroken, but we all have to be strong for each other," Finn Lovell said. "If we're strong, we can get through this together."
There is no word yet on Jim Lovell's funeral arrangements.