Official Obituary of

James W. Thomas

October 14, 1937 ~ February 17, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

James Thomas Obituary

The world grew a little bit darker with the recent passing of James W. Thomas, 86, of Akron, Ohio, on February 17th, 2024.

An Akron native his whole life, James was born to the late James and Jeanetta Thomas on October 14th, 1937. Jim grew up in the Firestone Park area & graduated from Garfield High School in 1954.

Jim wore many different hats throughout his many years before becoming a draftsman at Bridgestone-Firestone, before retiring in the early 2000’s.

Jim met the love of his life, Irene, in the mid-1970’s and the two spent the following decades creating a wonderful life together before Irene’s passing in August 2023. Together they shared a big, beautiful blended family of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jim, though small in stature, was the biggest personality in any room he walked into. His sparkling blue eyes and bright smile made him unforgettable to anyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting him. To say that they don’t make them like him anymore would be an understatement. Jim was always active throughout his life, whether bowling, golfing or playing darts as a member of Bell Music Dart Leagues for over 30 years. He enjoyed many hobbies and interests over his 86 years, including fishing, photography, reading,building model airplanes, muzzleloading, gardening & camping. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends, laughing and drinking a cold beer around a campfire.

Jim is preceded in death by his soulmate, Irene; parents, James C. and Jeanetta Thomas; & brother, Joe. He is survived by sisters, Mary Sue (Darrell) Campbell and Linda (Joe) Gingo; children, Jimmy Thomas, Christi (Jim) Thomas, Amy Carlisle, Kevin (Stephanie) Thomas, Mary (Joe) Manno, Jody Rinehart, Matthew (Tammy) Rinehart, Amber (Jeff) Blazeff and Sarah Parsons. Jim also leaves behind 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Calling hours 4-7 Thursday at Ciriello and Carr Funeral Home, 39 S. Miller Rd. in Fairlawn, where funeral services will be held 12:30 Friday. Interment at Northlawn Memorial Gardens.


“Goodnight, you moonlight ladies

Rockabye, sweet baby James

Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose

Won’t you let me go down in my dreams?

And rockabye, sweet baby James”


-James Taylor

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February 22, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ciriello-Carr Memorial Home
39 S. Miller Rd
Fairlawn, OH 44333

Funeral Service
February 23, 2024

12:30 PM


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