James

James “Jim” Henry age 89, passed away on November 03, 2020 after a short illness. Jim was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and a friend to many.

Jim was born and remained an Akron area resident all his life. He was a proud alumni of St. Vincent High School class of 1949. It is there where he met his high school sweetheart, Marie Moffitt, who would later become his wife of 67 years. They married in 1953 and lovingly raised six children.

Jim quickly worked his way up the ranks at Eastern Central Motor Carriers Association being named Executive Vice President in 1969. He later took a position as CEO of Eastern Central Middle Atlantic Conference Service Association Inc. A position he held until retirement. During his career he spent many hours on Capitol Hill at Senate hearings.

After retirement, Jim and Marie relocated to a beautiful home sitting on the edge of the Summit County Metroparks. He made fast friends with his new neighbors who crowned him the Mayor of Willow Creek. He will be missed by many.

Jim enjoyed summers spent with family and friends at his cottage on Leesville Lake. The memories of those days have left an indelible mark on our hearts. Jim enjoyed boating, fishing, golfing, gardening and cooking. He was a voracious reader, enjoying all genres. He looked forward to reading the New York Times and USA Today daily. He had an avid interest in politics. Although he passed away on election day, his ballot had been cast.

Jim was preceded in death by his beloved sons David and Daniel; brothers William and John Henry and sister Josephine Workman.

He is survived by his wife Marie, son Timothy, of Stuart, Florida. Daughters Susan of Akron, Kathleen Jackson (Rick) of Uniontown and Anne (Joe Petzker) of West Akron. Grandsons James Henry and Daniel Jackson. Great Grandson David Henry. He is also survived by his loving sister Mary Schirra.

A private service was held. Cremation has taken place and interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Case Western Reserve University and mailed to Case Western Reserve University, Bio Enterprise Building Location Code 7035, 10900 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (memo: Cystic Fibrosis Research).

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  1. My sympathy and prayers are with you. Jim was truly a wonderful person to know and his goodness continues on in the family he so loves.

  2. Blessings to the entire Henry family and thank you for the write-up. Charismatic and accomplished Uncle Jim made a big impression on people, especially me since I was over at his bustling house a lot growing up. I can still hear his voice clear as a bell and see the fun grin he had when I saw him last and had some laughs. Seems Heaven has a new mayor! (election day…). And one with a full refrig of pop to offer to the kids 🙂

  3. We have many memories of Uncle Jim that define our growing up. His laugh was distinctive and infectious and you knew it was him. Even when all of us cousins were raising havoc throughout the house. God bless you all.

  4. Heaven just got quite the angel! I will treasure the great memories I have of Uncle Jim forever. Especially his gift of making our Christmas celebrations truly wonderful!

  5. Heaven just got quite the angel! I will treasure my stellar memories of Uncle Jim forever. Especially how he made so many of our Christmas celebrations truly wonderful. I was so lucky to have him as one of my favorite uncles!

  6. We were so lucky to grow up just down the street in the same town! So many Christmas eve memories in your sunken living room crowded around the tree with gifts filling the room. The twinkling blue and white lights on the bushes of the family home. An abundance of food and drink and of course the Christmas cookies!!!! I will miss Uncle Jim dearly but will forever hang onto the memories of such a kind, gentle and generous man. Thinking of you all with much love, Andrea, John, Adeline and Adam

  7. I will always remember the good times I experienced and good people I worked with at E.C.M.C.A. I felt “JT” had a charismatic and genuinely good leadership nature. May God Bless him and his family.

  8. My father, Tony Argenas and I worked at ECMCA with Jim and David. He was an amazing man and a great friend and Boss to my Dad. They spent many years together working and enjoying each other’s friendship…especially fishing at the cabin on the lake. When my Dad passed in 2011, Jim and Marie sent beautiful flowers that made my Momma’s day. My Mom just passed this last March and loved Jim as well.

    My condolences to the family and prayers to all. He will live on through all of the fond memories and the many people’s lives he touched.

    Dan & Becky Argenas

    • Hello Dan and Becky,

      My dad spoke so highly of your family. Your dad was a treasured friend to my dad. I remember very well when your dad passed away. My dad reminisced about his good friend Tony with us kids. He spoke of those days they spent together at the lake enjoying each other’s company.

      I had the pleasure of meeting both your mom and dad on several occasions. They were beautiful people. We are so sorry to hear about your mom passing. When I told my mom she recalled a dinner she had with your parents, your mom baked a lasagna, the best they ever had. Every lasagna my mom would make from that day on came with a disclaimer that “it is not nearly as good as Elinor’s lasagna”. She said your mom was a kind, gracious and gentle soul. Please accept our sympathies on her passing. We will keep your family in our prayers.

      Much love to your family from ours. ~ Susan Henry (Jim’s daughter)

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