James Michael Mackey

JAMES MICHAEL MACKEY, age 67, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at his home in Bainbridge Township surrounded by family.

He was an inspiration to his wife, Laura (nee Andonian); son, James (Lisa); son, Ryan (Colleen); son, Michael (Dana); and daughter, Kara (Adam) Hermsen. He is also survived by his greatest achievement, a boisterous house of 11 grandchildren: Jackson, Samantha, Collin, Ryan, Ella, Kate, Alma, Alice, Greta, Mackey, and Frankie.

The world lost a guiding light of goodness and faith, a committed servant to his community, and a model father and husband. Those who knew him did not need to know him well to be moved by his infectious humor and welcoming spirit.

James was an ambassador and leader in any community he was a part of: a graduate of John Carroll University (1971), who later was the alumni president and recipient of the alumni medal (2011); a member of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Chagrin Falls, who later became president of parish council and chairman of the building campaign. Jim was also, a trustee of the Center for Mental Retardation, National Hemophilia Foundation, and Leadership Geauga County. He was an accomplished and devoted attorney for 45 years. Most recently, he was partner at Walter Haverfield. James died the luckiest man in the world, and it was never more evident when he was surrounded by the love, laughter and friendship that overflowed from their home in Lake Lucerne when all the family was together.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in memory of Jim to the Sarcoma Foundation of America, www.curesarcoma.org/donate/.