James Paul Lavelle

Lavelle James Paul Lavelle, late Friday evening, March 22, 2013, passed on to the next phase of his adventurous journey at his home in Venice, with family by his side. He was born to John and Ann Lavelle on October 30, 1931, in Scranton, Pennsylvania where he grew up, was educated by the Jesuits, but always held high hopes of leaving as soon as an opportunity presented itself. He did so by joining the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean War as a cryptographer on an island in the Korean Straits for much of those three years. He spent the remainder of his service time in Columbus, Ohio, a city with which he fell in love. He was successful in following his dream of moving there, and after a variety of successful sales jobs, he founded his own company, Berwick Steel CO, a processing plant which provided specialized steel parts for many major manufacturers' products. After fifteen years, he sold the company, and moved to Siesta Key, where he and his family had visited numerous times over his working years. In the late 1980's, he moved to Venice, where he enjoyed the rest of his life with his many friends and family. Jim was a world traveler who enjoyed all the excitement of piloting his own Mooney, scuba diving beyond safe depths, and navigating the waters of the Gulf and Atlantic, most of the time safely. Although a good game of golf at Mission Valley Country Club always eluded him, he loved, as he put it, "kibitzing with the guys," with whom he played each week. He loved bantering with his Saturday Breakfast Buddies, his wins and losses with Monday night Poker Pals, and dining out with the Wives' Book Club husbands. He fearlessly learned to ride a bicycle three years ago, so he and Noni could join with friends on Sundays to ride and socialize with the Roy Rogers Riding Club. He was a remarkable person with a boundless zest for life and love which kept him always young at heart. About his life, he said "Its been a great ride!" He leaves his beloved wife, Noni, of Venice, his children, Lisa Lavelle, James Lavelle, Jr., Maryellen Wilson, and Andrea Lavelle, all of Columbus, Ohio, his stepdaughter, Jill Cadey Hacker of New York City, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, his former wife, Joan Lavelle, also of Columbus, and his sister, Mary Heier, of Scranton. He was predeceased by his brother, John Lavelle, and sister, Joan Lavelle Garibaldi. Services will be held in Columbus, Ohio later this spring. Donations may be made to Venice High School Rotary Futures Program, the Salvation Army, or a . EWING FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral Home

Toale Brothers Ewing Chapel - Venice
140 E. Venice Ave  Venice, FL 34285
(941) 488-7737
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Apr. 6, 2013