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Craciun Berry Funeral Home

7200 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH

OBITUARY

James Thomas DelVecchio

November 17, 1935April 21, 2020
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James Thomas DelVecchio

It is with great joy that we memorialize the life of James "Jim" DelVecchio after his passing on Tuesday, April 21st, 2020, aged 84 years, at his home in North Ridgeville surrounded by his loving family.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Jim lived life loudly and without a filter. He was the loving brother of Peter and the son of Adelaide and Peter (both Deceased). The highlight of his life was marrying his wife Barbara, who put up with him for over 60 years. They spent over 50 years raising their family at their home on Carsten Lane in North Olmsted. After proudly graduating from Ohio University in 1958, Jim began his teaching career at his alma mater, West High School. He became the school's Athletic Director in 1965 before taking on the same role at West Tech in 1969. Outside of the classroom, he was an animated high school and college basketball referee, who also passionately coached baseball and football programs.

Despite his community involvement, Jim's top priority remained his family. He was proud of the family he built, and even prouder of each and every family member. Together, Jim and Barb welcomed five children into this world: Sharon (Steve Ziska), Jim (Marcy), Connie Stoll (Craig), John (deceased), and Diana Sopko (Mike). He adored his nine grandchildren, affectionately referring to him as "Papa", Jonathan (Kayla), Emma (Zack), Madeline, Thomas, Alyssa, Henry, Frankie, Annie, and Charlie, and his two great-grandchildren, Hailey and Natalie.

Jim had a strong personality with a lot of love to give. His purpose in life was centered around helping, shaping, and caring for others, throwing his whole self into everything he did. Best described, "You knew when you met him - no matter your opinion - you would never forget him."

On the day of his passing and in his honor, the North Ridgeville Utilities Department facilitated proper rubbish collection, while Pioneer Ridge's landscaping company ensured immaculate lawn mowing. In memory of Jim, toast a glass of wine and share your favorite story with your loved ones to preserve his legacy. James Thomas DelVecchio age 84, Entered eternity on April 21, 2020. Funeral Mass Friday 8/7/20 at 10am at St. Clarence Church 30106 Lorain Rd. North Olmsted Ohio 44070. Family will receive friends at 9am until Mass at 10am. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. Masks and Covid distancing required at church. Arrangements by Craciun Berry Funeral Home. Family suggest contributions may be made in James Thomas DelVecchio's name to St. Jude Hospital at www.stjude.org

Services

7 August

Family will received friends from 9am untill 10am mass

9:00 am - 10:00 am

St. Clarence Church

30106 Lorain Rd.
North Olmsted, OH 44070

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7 August

Funeral Mass Friday at 10am at St. Clarence Church 30106 Lorain Rd. North Olmcted Oh. 44070.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

 

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery

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Joyce Boughter

April 26, 2020

If I could name one of the most memorable characters I have ever met, It would be Jim! Both he and Barb were a great part of our John Christ family. He always had a funny story and a wonderful smile. The world will be sad without him. Please accept my deepest sorrow Barb to you and your family. Love to you all and God Bless Jim's soul!

Hazel Silvestro

April 26, 2020

May Jim rest in peace. My memories are of our wrestling day's watching our boy's wrestle. What a great time! My prayers are being said for his wife Barbara and family. God bless!
Hazel Silvestro

Audrey Koss

April 26, 2020

I graduated in 1969 but remember him because everyone at West Tech knew of him! He was the best known person in the school!!

Theresa Wood Leighliter

April 25, 2020

Though my association with Mr. DelVeccio was almost 50 years ago, he is a teacher who impacted many of our lives at West Tech. He will be missed by all whose path he crossed and maybe altered.

Laura Chernauskas

April 24, 2020

Dear Sharon, I’m so very sorry for the loss of your father. It was great bumping into you and your parents twice last year at Frankie’s! Your dad really did have a big personality and lit up the restaurant when he walked in. I know my father thinks very highly of him and loved working with him. The Chernauskas family sends our condolences to you and to your family.

Freda JamesForkapa

April 24, 2020

I loved his science classes and how much he cared about all of us as his students. He was never to busy to take extra time to help with information we were having a problem with! It was in his class that my eyes opened to just some of the things I choose to do in life.
May God grant peace to his family ! He has gone to be an angel too soon....There were three classes I remember the most from all the way through school and his was definitely one !!

Terri Simeone

April 24, 2020

Sending my deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. My Dad always had the nicest things to say about "Geech" and the "he dropped the cut-off throw" stories will always be one of the classics. May you find comfort and joy in all of your memories. Keep them close and you will feel him with you. With sympathy and understanding,

Terri Simeone

Wetzel Bias

April 24, 2020

Geech was a demanding teacher. He was my baseball coach. He was terrific and made me a more responsible and accountable as an individual. I remember being in his history class in my sophomore year. I didn't do my homework when he called on me. Nothing was said until the end of class when he gave me three swats. I never went unprepared again. He was a wonderful person, teacher and an all room terrific person. We will miss him. May he RIP.

Jim Kalb

April 23, 2020

Sad from all the way out in California. So sorry to the family of Mr. Delvecchio. I never personally knew Mr. Delvecchio but all my friends did. I was a latecomer to West High having transferred from St Edwards for my last two years of High School. I went to all the high school baseball games so I did see coach. I also was in attendance in the AAA baseball game at Cleveland Stadium. I remember how proud everyone was when James hit one out. What better way to coach your team on how to hit. God Bless everyone who knew Mr. Delvechio.

Chris Whitney

April 23, 2020

Mr. Delvecchio, you were one of those neighbors that everyone should have. Your memorable voice, the way it used to belt, "HEY ONIONHEAD!" when you'd see me out playing in the neighborhood. Your pristine lawn that we had to stay off of. Your smooth way of shaking hands by sliding your palm across mine. You were amazing, and I will always remember you. Until we meet again....

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