James R. Findlay, Sr.
October 20, 2013
James Robert Findlay, Sr., co-founder and former President of Impact Products, Inc. passed away peacefully in Hospice of NW Ohio on Sunday morning, October 20, 2013. He had been battling prostate cancer for many years.
Jim graduated from Scott High School in 1944 and enlisted in the Air Corps Cadet at Clemson University as WWII was winding down serving in Wichita Falls, Texas and Lowery Field in Denver, Colorado.
Jim was most known for his generosity and mentoring young people teaching many classes with his open door approach. He never turned anyone away whether at home or at the office and always gave advice backed up with his support. He loved watching the young people he mentored grow into adulthood continuing discussions with them, answering questions and offering advice.
One of Jim's passions was being Coach for softball, basketball and volleyball. He coached elementary school softball and he and his good friend, Bill Puckett coached for over 20 years at Glenwood Lutheran Church for which he credits to the success he achieved to his young leadership duties such as Boy Scout Leader and Cub Master of Troop 12. He also served Glenwood as Superintendent and Sunday School Teacher, Young People's Leader, Lutheran League and Church Council President.
Jim's other passion was the University of Toledo. He loved being involved with many facets especially the Business College, Athletic Department as well as the Katherine Eberly Center for Women. He co-founded along with Dick Anderson, Cleve Delps, Sr. and Richard Gross the University of Toledo Family Business Center. Jim was honored with the Blue & Gold T award from the University. One of his proudest honors given by the University of Toledo was his Honorary Doctorate in 2002. Jim and his late wife Celia were also honored by the University by naming the Scott Park Athletic Complex for softball, baseball and soccer The Findlay Athletic Sports Complex.
Jim was also very involved with Lourdes University sitting on the Advisory Board as an advisor to the President, Bob Helmer. He was also involved with the Business college. Jim was instrumental in bringing Broadway Star Tim Shue and others to entertain for their Fundraiser, Illuminations. Jim was very proud to receive an honorary Doctorate from Lourdes University in 2009.
Jim was also recognized from his peers to receive the Philanthropy award, Entrepreneur of the Year award locally and went on to contend for the National award in Phoenix and the Jefferson Award which he was presented in Washington, DC where his friend Marcy Kaptur flew the American Flag over the Whitehouse in his honor. Marcy Kaptur recently gave accolades to Jim during the Congressional Hearings which aired on CSPAN which he was so very touched by.
Jim showed his generosity by giving his time and supporting philanthropy to Flower Hospital. He was Co chair raising $3,000,000 for the Eberly Cancer Center plus $1,300,000 for the Goerlich Alzheimer Center. He helped in many fundraisers such as the Boy Scouts, Sylvania Athletics and the YMCA. Jim also supported UT Camp Adventure, Mom's House, Lutheran Homes Society, House of Emmanuel, Medical Mission, Lutheran Social Services, Flower Hospital Board, UT National Youth Sports and the Toledo School of Arts.
Jim worked for the City of Toledo as Chief Civil Services Examiner and was Distributor Relations Manager for National Laboratories. Jim co founded with Jim Lower Impact Products, Canberra Corporation, and Fresh Products. Jim also founded Ad Sensations, an Advertising Specialty Company which again supported UT selling wearable products at football and basketball games and at the area malls.
One of Jim's most generous acts was to share with his employees through ESOP the proceeds of the sale of Impact Products . After Impact Products was sold, Jim formed his last company with his beloved children, Findlay Business Partners, Ltd. which is a commercial leasing business.
Jim enjoyed and loved to share his beloved farm near Hillsdale, Michigan which he founded in 1979. With its beautiful rolling hills, covered bridge, and his beloved horses and Hereford cows, he and Celia entertained many friends with horseback riding, boating, swimming and just relaxing. They also hosted the Boy Scouts on weekends helping them earn Merit Badges. Jim enjoyed harness racing and competed over 30 years with his friend and trainer, Phil Doty.
Jim also enjoyed vacationing at his home in Ft. Myers, FL with his family and friends where he enjoyed playing tennis with the many friends he met over the past 30 years.
Jim was married for 55 years to his beautiful wife, high school sweetheart and homecoming queen, Celia who proceeded him in death. He is survived by his loving children, Jim Jr. (Cindy), Sarah (Jack) Hohman, and Jon, Sr. (Linda); his beloved twin grandchildren, Allison and Jonathan Jr.; sister, Mary (Don) Root of Fort Myers, FL; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Hazel (Dunham) Findlay and brother, Paul.
Visitation will be on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00am until 3:00pm at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.). Funeral services will be at 3:00pm on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Glenwood Lutheran Church, 2545 Monroe St. Toledo, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Home Services, 131 N. Wheeling Toledo, OH 43605, the Findlay Youth Fund, 2801 Bancroft Toledo, OH 43606 or the Celia Findlay Education Scholarship Fund (please use same address as the Findlay Youth Fund).
Jim's family would like to thank Hospice of Northwest Ohio and his many caregivers, especially Pamela Schaefer, who was his constant companion and caregiver.
Walker Funeral Home
5155 West Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, OH 43623
Published in The News-Press on Oct. 22, 2013