Jim was employed for 31 years at MTD on the mower assembly line, and would often be found working on lawnmowers in his free time. He was a U.S. Army Veteran during the Korean War.
In his youth, Jim was quite the baseball player and boxer, being urged to play by the Detroit Tigers and traveling all over to box. He worked the coal mines as well, in West Virginia and married his beloved wife, Opal Henson, on Christmas Eve in 1945, while on leave from the Army. They moved to Ohio in 1959. Jim enjoyed gardening, sports (especially the Buckeyes), fishing, and hunting. Above all, he loved Opal’s cooking and visits from his family. is family was his life and even his dog, Chico was never far from his side.
He is survived by his wife of almost 69 years, Opal; his dear children, Danny (Margaret) Cavallaro, Rick Cavallaro and Janet (Wally) Lijana; loving grandchildren, Vince (Kelly), Brett (Shanna), Heather (David), Stacey (Jon) and Andrea (Dave): dearest great-grandchildren, Larry, Dayna, Vincent, Noah, Trevor, Gavin, Jillian, Troy, Saige, Skylar, Rosalin, Justice, Colin, Connor, and Logan; sister, Rose Emerson; brother, Frank Cavallaro; special niece, Louise Cavallaro; and special friend, Jim Dorsey.
Jim is preceded in death by his son, Larry; grandson, Jason; sister, Lou Lutes; brother, Joe Cavallaro and nephew, Jerry Cavallaro.
Private family services will be held, with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lodi.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Medina County, 5075 Windfall Road, Medina, OH 44256.
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