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Edward Frank James

July 12, 1942 ~ March 13, 2020 (age 77)

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Edward "Ed" James passed Friday,  March 13, 2020.  Born July 12, 1942 in Pittsburgh, PA to parents Vincent and Kathryn (Bodnar) James.  Married Betty (Sorboro) September 14, 1968 at Immaculate Conception Church, Ravenna, Ohio.  He is survived by his wife Betty and two daughters, Becky (Jay) Glauner, Debbie (Chris) Amodio, six grandkids, Abby, Ben, Collin, Sam, Ellie, and Nick and many loving nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by parents, brothers Ronald, Doyle and sisters Lois and Kathy.  He graduated from Newton Falls High School and Kent State University.  He worked in the piano industry, tuning more than 35,000 pianos in universities, colleges, recording studios, churches and private homes.  He taught guitar for many years and played in many combos as well as the Akron-based "Swing Machine”.  He was a member of the Piano Technicians Guild since 1979.  He loved bus trips, Amish County, reading by himself and to his grandchildren, taking his grandkids swimming and spending time with family and friends.  Although his cremation has taken place, services honoring Ed will be held at 11:30 AM Saturday July 10, 2021 at the Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Homes Ravenna Chapel.  Condolences and memories of Ed may be shared with his family at

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Celebration of Life
July 10, 2021

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Homes
141 Meridian Street
Ravenna, OH 44266

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