James "Jimmy" Cusano

August 30, 1966 - March 1, 2018
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James Joseph Cusano, 51, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord at 2:02 AM, on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Ohio State University Medical Center. He was surrounded by the love of his family and friends, and went in total peace with no suffering.

James (Jimmy) was born on August 30, 1966 to Joseph Ant…

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James Joseph Cusano, 51, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord at 2:02 AM, on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Ohio State University Medical Center. He was surrounded by the love of his family and friends, and went in total peace with no suffering.

James (Jimmy) was born on August 30, 1966 to Joseph Anthony Cusano (deceased) and Bonnie Caldwell. He is survived by a loving community of friends and family. Brother to Tony Cusano, and stepbrothers Brock and Stephen Cusano. Stepson to Maryjo Cusano. The greatest Uncle to Autumn, Abby, Braden, and Mia.

Jimmy defied all odds set against him, surviving over 30 years as a 3x transplant patient. Jimmy never played the victim, but was a fighter who would give you the shirt off his back. He graduated from Akron University with a Bachelor’s in electrical engineering. He was a faithful employee to Time Warner for 18 years. He never allowed sickness or diagnoses to keep him from living life to its fullest. He had a wicked sense of humor and some would say a slight naughty twinkle in his eye. But above all, Jim had a contagious light, sharing laughter, love, and inspiration to countless others.

We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from the New Philadelphia community, young and old. Jim will be missed but never forgotten. His memory outshines all grief and shock. His laughter leaves a legacy of goodwill and spirit. His love for friends and family is evident by the overwhelming flood of condolences and prayers. His childlike mannerisms were the envy of all his classmates… You can’t out-kid the Kidder…

Words cannot express our gratitude to the caring doctors and staff in ICU at the OSU Medical Center. Their experience, compassion, and thoughtfulness, prepared and comforted our family during the hardest of times. Jimmy received the best treatment money could buy. We also would like to offer special thanks to Nurses Anne and Aaron. Special prayers for Nurse Aaron and family. Again, we could not have asked for a better facility to care for Jimmy and family during his last days.

Visitation for friends and family will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Geib Funeral Center in Dover, from 2-4 PM, with services to immediately follow. Address is 5600 North Wooster Ave. Dover, Ohio 44622.

Finally, we ask that in honor of Jim’s memory, instead of bringing or sending flowers, etc., a memorial contribution/s be directed in the name of James Joseph Cusano, to the Kidney Foundation of Ohio at 2831 Prospect Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44115, or online at www.kfohio.org, or you may reach them at 216-771-2700.

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Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm

End Time: 4:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

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5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Service Information

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

Address:

5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

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Kidney Foundation of Ohio

Phone: 216-771-2700

2831 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
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Born: August 30, 1966
 
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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

David W. Roberts posted on 3/7/18

I knew Jimmy years ago when I knew his mom and she gave a kidney for him.He was the nicest kid and laughed to laugh.I'm sure he'll always be a twinkle in his moms eye.He was always a trooper ! So SORRY for your loss.

 

Lisa Buss posted on 3/7/18

So sorry for your lost Jim was one of the good guys

 

Greg and Karen Maust posted on 3/5/18

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Jimmy' s family and friends. I had the privilege of working with Jimmy at the Time Warner headend department for 8 years. He was a reliable and professional engineer whose sense of humor made the job much better. I just found out of his passing and know he will be missed. It is a comfort to know that we will see him again in the resurrection.

 

Valerie Carpenter posted on 3/4/18

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Jim will be in our hearts and memories forever. See you again in Glory Land!

 

Tracey Ruffin posted on 3/4/18

Please accept my sincere condolences and sympathies for the loss of Jim. He will be missed, but his kindness, humor, and friendship will never be forgotten. Rest in Heaven dear friend, we will see you again!

 

Shelly Wilson Cheng posted on 3/4/18

My heart is aching as I heard of his passing. It was such a privilege knowing Jimmy. From South school through high school and beyond. He always had a smile and made us laugh. He was truly a fighter. His laughter lit up this world and will truly be missed by all. Condolences to his family and friends.

 

Trevor Chamberlain posted on 3/3/18

Rest in peace Jim!!! There is not a enough words to say how I feel!!!

 

Donna Fanti-Green posted on 3/3/18

I was privileged to know Jimmy for over 30 years, we met at The Skate Place, and found each other 4 years ago on Facebook. He was always such a sweetheart, and a wonderful friend, so kind, always with a smile and such a gentle soul. He will be greatly missed, and I know he will be watching from above.

 

Brother posted on 3/3/18

Tony Cusano To everyone that made comments we are so Grateful for all who new him He was such a Blessing & the biggest & warmest heart someone that put others first & never ever once truly complained about the hand life dealt him...Never could of known a better person, Brother , & friend....So Glad to see & know how much he Touched others with his Laughter & joy that seem to always come out though His sweet Spirit that the kidder & joker I will always hold closes......I look forward to the day we reunite together in heaven....Again! I am sorry for not getting back to everyone at this time, But Thank everyone from the bottom of My Heart for what you have shared & all the texts, emails, & phone calls.....It for sure we loss a one of kind & he will be missed by all from His Family, Friends, the Medical staff that new him best as well His Doctors & those closes to Him.............You will Be missed there will be an empty space you fill that can never be replaced.....Love You Jimmy there are words I can't express for what you meant to me let alone so many others Glad U are now with Dad!.....

 

Brother posted on 3/3/18

ony Cusano To everyone that made comments we are so Grateful for all who new him He was such a Blessing & the biggest & warmest heart someone that put others first & never ever once truly complained about the hand life dealt him...Never could of known a better person, Brother , & friend....So Glad to see & know how much he Touched others with his Laughter & joy that seem to always come out though His sweet Spirit that the kidder & joker I will always hold closes......I look forward to the day we reunite together in heaven....Again! I am sorry for not getting back to everyone at this time, But Thank everyone from the bottom of My Heart for what you have shared & all the texts, emails, & phone calls.....It for sure we loss a one of kind & he will be missed by all from His Family, Friends, the Medical staff that new him best as well His Doctors & those closes to Him.............You will Be missed there will be an empty space you fill that can never be replaced.....Love You Jimmy there are words I can't express for what you meant to me let alone so many others Glad U are now with Dad!.....

 

Alice ( Gowins ) Mohr posted on 3/3/18

It seems like yesterday he was a little cute and sweet boy I had the pleasure of babysitting!! He is now in a much better happy painless place with the Lord. To all odf Jimmy's family and friends I am so sorry for your loss.

 

Denny Wolfe posted on 3/3/18

What a great guy always full of life, he was always a great buddy to all of us! Thinking of Tony and his family

 

Lisa Warner Dickens posted on 3/3/18

Rest in peace, Jimmy. You were someone extra special and will always be remembered for your laugh, smile and kind heart. XOXO ~ Lisa Warner Dickens

 

Jan Ochsenbine posted on 3/2/18

One of m kids. Im going to miss that laugh and sense of humer you jusr never knew what he was going to say. Those boys from that class are a special group big Jim Darren Dave little Jim. RIp.

 

Shelly Byers Burkhart posted on 3/2/18

Jimmy was like family to everyone who knew him, I met him when I was in 9th grade and we became the best of friends as the years went on. My fondest memory was him staying at my house and letting my sister Michelle and I curl his hair and put make up on him we never laughed so hard. His smile and personality will be missed by all. My sympathy goes out to his family and friends. RIP my dear friend.

 

Ann Thomas MacDonald posted on 3/2/18

I'm so sorry to hear about Jimmy's passing. He was always so kind to me. I will remember that. Hoping your sweet memories bring you peace ??

 

Tim Gowins posted on 3/2/18

Godspeed Jimmy

 

Ted and Amber Ricker posted on 3/2/18

Jimmy, you left a part of you to all who knew you. Thank you for making us laugh, for being there for anyone who needed a friend, and showing such bravery when the odds were against you. You were an amazing man and God truly gained an angel in you! You will be missed by all who knew you. Our sincerest sympathies and prayers to all Jimmy’s family and friends....May God comfort and give you strength now and forever. Ted and Amber Ricker

 

Kathy Fox Muehlbauer posted on 3/2/18

I met Jimmy when I was in 7th grade, Sover girls meet Phila boys, he was the nicest of them all, he had no enemies. He will missed, his smile, that laugh and most of all he cared about people and was a great listener. So sorry for your loss, his soul lives on in heaven and will be sadly missed.

 

Karen maslek posted on 3/2/18

Jimmy was a classmate. He was always happy and a joy to be around. I'm saddened by his passing. Prayers to all.of you. Love and prayers, Karen Maslek

 

Mike & Cathy (Raiff) Smith posted on 3/2/18

We remember Jimmy fondly along with his laugh and witty ways. He could always make you laugh and was one of the most ornery people we knew. He was a friend to many and one of the nicest people we ever had the privilege to know. Our deepest sympathy to his family and all who knew and loved him! RIP Jimmy!

 

Julene Graham posted on 3/2/18

So sorry for the loss of Jimmy, sending love and prayers to all of his family

 

Tricia Smucker posted on 3/2/18

My thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a kind and gentle soul.

 

Becky Phillips posted on 3/2/18

My deepest sympathy to all of Jimmy's family. We are all going to miss his big smile and funny comments . RIP my friend !!

 

Gary Tabernack posted on 3/2/18

Jimmy did not only touch the hearts of the class of 1985 , he touched the hearts of every person that Had the opportunity to meet Jimmy, he will be sadly missed , but absolutely never forgotten,this truly should be a celebration of Jimmy’s life,As he has been part of so many peoples lives over the years, RIP brother,Until we meet up once again in Heaven.

 

Julie Garrett posted on 3/2/18

Thoughts & prayers to Jimmys family. I will miss seeing Jimmys smile. It was an honor calling him my friend. Julie Garrett Polka

 

Nancy Day-Reinemann posted on 3/2/18

The light in your eyes will always be with the ones you loved and are left behind until we can look upon your face again. You were a kidder and prankster but you were also true and a compassionate person. For those who have known you we feel honored and blessed. I will never forget you Jimmy. Fly high and be free. Till we all meet again. Love to you my friend.

 

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