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James Harkins

JAMES LEONARD HARKINS, JR. Esq., aged 87 years, passed away July 27, 2017, beloved son of the late James L. Sr. and Dorothy (nee Wright), cherished brother of William W.W. Harkins (wife Elizabeth O’Neill Harkins). Jim, known affectionately as “The Hawk”, was an 87 year resident of Shaker Heights. He was a graduate of Shaker Heights High, Adelbert College, Western Reserve School of Law, and The Hague Netherlands Academy of International Law. Following his retirement as an attorney for the City of Cleveland, he worked as a controller for AMCLO Group Incorporated. Jim was a member of the Northern Ohio Opera League, Cleveland Chess Club, a contributor to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Animal Protective League. He was a National Champion in bridge, and a State of Ohio Champion in chess. He enjoyed the Cleveland Indians, travel, family and friends. His favorite music was opera, and he looked forward to his annual birthday party on Aug. 2nd every year. Contributions may be made in memory of Jim to the Northern Ohio Opera League with checks payable to N.O.O.L., c/o David Lang, Treasurer, 2516 Hanson Ave., Stow, OH 44224.

Private burial in Scott Union Cemetery in Huron, OH. Arrangements are entrusted to THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID.

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  1. Janice Freeman :

    We the Board of Directors and Residents of Thornton House Condominiums find this a sad day as we have lost one of our dearest neighbors. We extend our deepest condolences to Jim’s family and to let you know how much he will be missed. He was always so kind to everyone and always had a smile on his face and could make you laugh. The halls will now be silent without him. God bless you all.

  2. Evans family :

    We are so very sorry for your loss. May our condolences bring you comfort and may our prayers, ease the pain for the Harkins family. We pray that God grant the family srrength. Our sincere condolences.

  3. Pat McGuckin :

    I spent many enjoyable evenings playing chess with “The Hawk” and attending his birthday parties. I remember 2 things about the Hawk: he was tough to beat and he loved his dog Patty. My condolences to the family.

  4. I find myself trying to fill a void of sorrow, much like the little boy who wanted to empty the ocean into a small hole. It is a task that cannot be completed.
    The Hawk taught me so much by example and I wanted to be just like him in every way. I was crushed when I heard the news and have not recovered. It chokes me up just to think these words before I set them down here. I cannot begin to appreciate the pain the family must be going through and I wish them peace of mind during this time of need. God Bless Jim’s Soul and the Harkin’s family.

    August 2nd is coming up and I had composed a ‘themed’ crossword puzzle that I was going to include with Jim’s birthday card. If anyone is interested in downloading it, you can find it on my dropbox account link here:

    A solution is not given, as it is not that difficult, but if you must have one email me at

    I worked on this for months and I believe Jim would have appreciated it.

  5. Melvin and Stacy Garthrite :

    Stacy Garthrite
    We are so sorry for your loss, Mr. Hawk will be be missed greatly. It was a pleasure to have known him and been his neighbor for the last 3 years. May God bring comfort and strength to the family during this time. Our prayers are with you.

    The Garthrites
    Unit 404

  6. Richard Banozic MD :

    I wanted to express my condolences at Jim’s passing. I used to visit him, as I am a friend of his former tenant Tom Eckert. Over the past 20 years I have had many good conversations c him and appreciated his interest in politics, history ,music and of course baseball. The last few years were difficult for him. I am glad that I was able to visit him with my 2 daughters recently while he was in 2 nursing homes. He seemed reasonably comfortable, though weary. A good guy c a good sense of humor to the end. He will be missed.
    Best wishes,

  7. Mary Alice Kuhn :

    To Bill and all of Jim Harkins’ family,
    I was very sorry to learn of your loss of Jim and his long illness. He was a best friend of my husband all his life and also a good friend of mine. He was always so generous and kind to me and my family. He and Tom had many years of chess and bridge games to enjoy and then a long family friendship. He will be greatly missed by family and friends as well.

  8. RobertR. Cutler :

    Jim was my friend & fellow music lover for many years. He will be missed by many.I am especially sad to see him pass and offer my deepest sympathies to his brother Bill and extended family.

  9. Wolfram von Kiparski :

    I glad that I was able to visit Jim in the hospital before he died. I will miss his intellect, sense of humor, and stories about the early days of the Cleveland Sewer District before it was renamed NEORSD. I will miss him.

  10. I’m very sadden to learn of the passing of one Cleveland, Ohio’s finest chess players and individuals. I crossed swords with him many a time over the board and he was a difficult opponent well into his 80’s! I will miss you Jim RIP!

  11. James F Opalek :

    My deepest condolences to Jim’s family and friends.
    Jim was well known to Cleveland chess players and played a large part in promoting junior chess in greater Cleveland. His kindness and generosity were well known. I remember him as City Champion for several years.
    Good-bye Jim, it was a pleasure knowing you for over sixty years.

  12. Dear Family,
    We thinking of you and offer our condolences,

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