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JAMES L. AVON, age 68; beloved husband of Sherry L. (nee Podgurski); loving step-father of Tabitha Koval of NV and Michael Flynn (wife April) of AZ; devoted grandfather of Mikey, Savannah, Maria, and Samantha; dearest son of the late Rita (nee Margo) and Hank; cherished brother-in-law of Walter Podgurski (wife Betsy), John Podgurski (wife Kim) and Jeanne-Marie Sable; dear uncle, cousin, and friend of many.

Jim Avon lived a life filled with family, childhood friends and many passions. As a younger man he enjoyed his custom chopper and sports car, among other activities. He was an excellent pool player who was proud of his regulation pool table. He also played in a pool league. he attended Brush High where he graduated in 1961, also having had many friends from Mayfield. Him loved boating, owning a Bayliner Cabin Cruiser which he docked on the Chagrin River. His garden produced tomatoes and other vegetables in abundance. He relished the opportunity to travel, attending boxing Hall-Of-Fame events as well as visiting landmarks across America. He enjoyed many other social activities, like an annual picnic at Squires Castle. He is best described as: husband, father, grandfather, cousin, and true friend, who will be sorely missed by all.

Cremation by DeJohn Crematory.

Relatives and friends will meet for the Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church at 10 AM. Burial following in All Souls Cemetery. The Celebration of Jim’s life will continue at LaVera Party Center on Chardon Rd. for a luncheon.

Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Jim at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) MONDAY 2-4 and 6-9 PM.

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  1. Greg & Lisa Stefaniak

    Sherry, we will continue to keep you and the family in prayer. May our Lord also continue to hold you tight with His love during this time.
    Greg & Lisa Stefaniak

  2. carol bernstein and tim allen

    Dear Sherry Tabitha and Michael and Grandchildren and All. Tim and I have many pleasant memories of meals and laughter shared both in Ohio and in Arizona with all of you. May the warmth of these memories and the love we share as family be comforting. We deeply regret not being with you in person because of distance, but please know that we are with you now and in spirit. We hope that we will have the opportunity in the coming year to all gather together! Love, Carol and Tim

  3. Dear Sherry & Family

    Please accept my sincere condolences on Jim’s passing… I have many memories of the old Iroquois Boys getting together at the Avon’s swimming pool and pool table in Lyndhurst. Jim and his parents always had a big heart and welcomed us into their home. Hank backed our boy’s basketball team and was very generous with uniforms. Of course, Jim picked them out (black & gold)! I will always cherish the night a few years ago when you and Jim invited the Iroquois Boys into your home for a great reunion of reminicsing and rekindling of so many old stories. It was one of the best times of my life being with my brothers and the guys… May Jim rest in peace. He was a great and generous friend, Sherry. May God bless you and your family… Sincerely, AL

  4. Dear Sherry and family, Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of Jim. He and I attended St. Clare Catholic school in Lyndhurst and graduated from the 8th grade in 1957. We were on the St. Clare football team that went 1 win and 7 losses in the fall of 1956. 🙁 Jim went to Brush H.S. while many of the rest of us went to Cathedral Latin. I did not have much contact with Jim after that due to the different environments. But I always admired him for his infectious smile and happy attitude. A great boyhood friend! Fast forward – I went to Cleveland and attended Latin’s 50th reunion in Sept 2011, and met up with Roger Knapp, who invited Jim to the lunch we planned for boyhood friends. What a great 3 hour visit down memory lane. Jim still the good looking happy guy I remembered. With respect and sadness, Joe Seiffert, Lynchburg, Virginia.

  5. Bob and Peg (Podgurski) Ashba

    Dear Sherry and Family,
    Bob and I were very saddened to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Please accept our condolences.
    Bob and Peg

  6. Jim was my friend at school and out. We enjoyed playing many games of pool together. Just saw him at our high school reunion . He will will be greatly missed . My condolences go out to his family.


    Carl Fixler

  7. Sherry and family: Pug and I were so sad to hear of the news of Jim’s passing. May you always remember the wonderful times you had together. May the Lord give you and your family the comfort and strength you need during this difficult time. You are in our prayers and our deepest sympathies go out to you.
    Terri & Pug

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