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James J. Mitchell, 81, a lifelong resident of New London, died Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Fisher Titus Medical Center. Born on April 1, 1941, he was the son of the late Barton and Marian (Washburn) Mitchell. Jim was a 1959 graduate of New London High School.
Jim retired from the Firelands Electric CoOp in 2008 after 42 years. Prior to working at Firelands, he drove a bread delivery truck for Nickles Bakery and worked for several farms in the area. Farming was a lifelong passion for Jim and he continued to raise sheep and hogs on his own farm throughout his life. Jim was a member of the IBEW electrical workers union, and for nearly 30 years he volunteered at the Lorain County Fair as an electrician.
Jim was a life member of the New London Eagles and a past president. He was also a life member of the Sons of the American Legion. Jim was a generous and giving person with both his time and resources, but always remained quiet and humble in his giving. He enjoyed volunteering with the Eagles, helping to plan the car shows and other events. Jim cared deeply about his community and gave his time regularly to both the park and the Reservoir campground, working on their electrical systems. In the early 2000’s he was honored as the Citizen of the Year. In his earlier years he enjoyed playing softball, he coached Little League for several years, supported the New London wrestling program, and volunteered on the chain gang at football games. Jim enjoyed his vacations in Florida, going dancing and socializing with friends. Those who knew him will remember his quiet and gentle nature and his ability to carry on a conversation with anyone. Most of all Jim cherished his time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his sons, James P. (Connie) Mitchell, of Ashland, John (Chris) Mitchell, and Josh (Kathy) Mitchell, both of New London; his adopted children, Angie (Ben) Wittman and Ryan (Mashala) Lorentz; grandchildren, Anthony, Jessica, Jamie, Mason, Ashley, Samantha, Sarah, Morgan, Julia, Amelia, Tate, Tanner, Trevor, Lathan, Shea, and Ava; 12 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie L. (nee Jackson) Mitchell; his companion Linda Lorentz; sisters, Patricia Janosko, Virginia McKisson, and Frances Leach; and his daughter-in-law, Amy Mitchell.
Friends and family will be received on Friday, January 27, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Eastman Funeral Home, 200 West Main St, and on Saturday, at the New London Christian Missionary Alliance Church, 4625 State Rt. 162, New London, from 10 a.m. until the time of services beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Golding Cemetery. Donations in Jim’s memory may be directed to the New London Parks, Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.eastmanfuneralhome.com.
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