JAMES A. DOBAY, age 92, beloved husband for 72 years of Gertrude (nee Abramovich); loving father of Jim (Barb), Jeff (Sylvia) and Denise; cherished grandfather of Bridget, Jamie (Jenna), Jeremy (Nallem) and Jarrod (Nadine); treasured great-grandfather of Garrett, Grace, Andrew, Jack, Jayden, Jace, Cameron, Max and Johan; dear son of the late Andrew and Mary (nee Pizmoht); devoted brother of Dolly Seferian (Bob deceased); beloved uncle and friend of many.
James Dobay was born on February 3, 1931 in Cleveland. He was a resident of Highland Heights for fifty-five years and was an active parishioner of St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church for nearly six decades. He graduated from Benedictine High School and attended college where he studied business. He worked in advertising sales and was a former employee of the Euclid Beach Amusement Park.
In his free time, James enjoyed the outdoors; he was an active member of the APCO Fish and Wildlife Conservation Club, a founding member of the Geauga Bowmen Archery Club, and was an avid hunter. In addition to his outdoorsmanship, he loved music, especially polka, and played bass fiddle in a polka band. His loved ones recall James’s fondness for decorating for Christmas. Those who knew him remember him as a larger-than-life family man, a consummate neighbor, and a true people-person who will be missed by all who knew him.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church on Friday, April 14th at 10:30am. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Burial following at All Souls Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of James at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91), THURSDAY, APRIL 13 FROM 4-8 PM.
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My dad will be missed but the memories he left will be with us all forever.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory that no one can steal. Grief does not change you. It reveals the love you have for your father who has left. Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief there is deeper love. The death of a parent is like a stone cast into the serenity of a quiet pool, the concentric ripples of despair sweep out in all directions, affecting many, many people. During this difficult time remember your Father and the love he shared with all the family.
Sending love and prayers to you and your family. What a beautiful person he was. He’s been blessed to have such amazing children and wife in his life.
I was so blessed to have my dad in my life for 62 years. He had a zest for life that most people can only aspire to, which was very inspirational to me. He will be missed, but the memories will always put a smile on my face. Rest in peace my dear father. Love you always!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and the family! We rejoice that he is with our Lord in heaven!
Karen & Brad Homrr
May your memories of Jim, Dad, Grandpa &
Great grandpa be a blessing and offer some comfort at your loss.
He left such a legacy through all of you. I’ll always remember his stories & wonderful personality. We feel fortunate to have known him.
Such a great loss, but the legacy of such a beautiful family says something about the man. God Bless