James “Jim” G. Nicholas Obituary


Jim Nicholas, 83, went to join the Lord on June 23, 2022, after a year and a half of courageous struggle. He was born October 8, 1938 in Akron to the late William and Elizabeth Nicholas and was a lifelong resident. Jim graduated from East High School in 1956 and retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in 1996 after building tires, air springs and eventually working in the Banbury room.

After retirement, Jim enjoyed traveling with his wife Catherine through the AAA Akron Travel Club on many adventures across the country and abroad. When Jim was not traveling you could find him on the golf course from March to the end of October as he was an avid golfer. Jim would plan everything around his summer golf schedule. If he wasn’t golfing, he was tending his lawn. Jim was known in the neighborhood for his “award-winning” weed-free and perfectly mowed lawn. And in the evening he would be out on the porch of the house reading a book because he was addicted to James Patterson novels.

Jim showed his family what it meant to work hard and reap the rewards of his labor. He showed his children that you never called anyone to do what you could do on your own. He told his children that if they were able to do the work around the house, then they could sit down when it was done and enjoy the results. He was right.

Besides his parents, Jim was predeceased by his in-laws John and Lillian Riley. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Catherine; son, James, Jr. (Roberta); daughter, Debra (Steven) Romanowski; grandchildren, Cassandra and Justin (Nora) Nicholas and Paige Romanowski; sisters, Pauline Tinker and Marlene (Cliff) Baker; brothers, Jack (Linda) and Nick (Lynda) Nicholas; as well as several nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at Schermesser Funeral Home, 600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Akron, Ohio 44319 with Pastor Sue Roseman officiating. Family and friends can call the funeral home Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Entombment will take place at Rose Hill Burial Park. Memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s name to the Summa Health Foundation, for Summa Hospice, PO Box 2090, Akron, Ohio 44398-6153. To leave a special message for the family, visit our website at www.schermesserfh.com.


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Posted on June 25, 2022

Posted in Akron Beacon Journal

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Schermesser Funeral Home 600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road Akron, Ohio 44319

June 28, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Schermesser Funeral Home 600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road Akron, Ohio 44319

June 29, 2022 at 11:00


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