James Cupedro, Sr.

  • Born: May 12, 1950
  • Died: September 29, 2019
  • Location: Lakewood, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

21369 Center Ridge Road
Fairview Park, OH 44116

Tel. (440) 333-9774

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father, Dzia Dzia, Brother, Uncle, Great-Uncle, Friend

James V. Cupedro, Sr., age 69. Beloved husband of Regina (nee Valko); dear father of Rana Hoover, Jennifer Miyashiro (Alan), Robyn Studer (Bryan), Jason Cupedro (Marcela), James Cupedro, Jr.; loving Dzia Dzia (grandfather) of Leanna, Noah, Victoria, Magellan, Robert, Kaylee, Joshua, Kara, Brody, Fernanda; great-grandfather of Easton; brother of the late John Cupedro, Jr., (Anita), and the late Marilyn Cupedro; uncle, great-uncle and friend to many. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 10am at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 1212 Bunts Road, Lakewood, OH 44107. Interment at a later date. 440-333-9774 www.buschcares.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jim was my friend all through high school. He started driving before I did, and was a rare West Side guy who would travel to Cleveland Hts. He was occasionally trapped by my Mom, who liked to drink tea and tell stories to my friends. I think that Jim and I ate lunch together every day, starting Freshman year. His ability to share a unique perspective on every day things started early, as did his penchant for making people snort their carbonated drink out their noses with well-timed quips was evident by Age 14. I will miss my friend. Ossawanda! (Sp?). My condolences to Reggie and all of the Cupedros

Posted by Marty Flynn - Shaker Hts   October 07, 2019

So sorry to have learned about Jim's passing. Every once in awhile he would stop by my office on one of his walks and we would chat. I first met Jim back in the old Outside Inn days around 1975-76. We started riding our bikes on Sundays to try to get our miles up so he could participate in Pedal to the Point. Unfortunately, we never made it. Jim is someone who will always be remembered. The loss is immeasurable but so is the love left behind. Peace to all of you.

Posted by Maria Herron-Gregg - Westlake, OH - Friend   October 07, 2019

Love & miss my Daddyo

Posted by Robyn Studer - Family   October 06, 2019

Dziadzia, God I miss you. As the days go on and the realization sets in that you're not in this house anymore to tell your amazing jokes or stories or show us the time you were on TV, the more it hurts. I love you, big guy.

Posted by Robert Cupedro - Lakewood, OH - Family   October 05, 2019

For many years Jim and I were very closed as we were sitting in the same cubicle
It was fun to listen his jokes, see his smile and learn about his research in genealogy.
Not so many people know about their roots as Jim knew.
I'm so glad he shared his memoirs with me and it is such a joy to read Czarnina For The Slavic Soul over and over.
I'll miss you, Jim.

Posted by Yelena Grinberg - Cleveland, OH - Coworker   October 04, 2019

Jimmy, Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Spending time with your dad was like holding court with a man of great heart and intellect. His stories were always entertaining whether a memory from his youth about "babcia" or his school years. Telling us how he met Otis Redding and hearing him sing "Sittin' on the dock of the bay" at a party in 1967.
Watching the Indians games, Family Feud & movies. I will miss him too.

Posted by Renee' Fonte - Fairview Park, OH - Family Friend   October 04, 2019

There was never anyone quite like Jim. He was one of a kind in ways that mattered. I have been blessed & honored to call him "my buddy".
My heart aches for you Regina, Jimmy, Jennifer, Robyn, Rana & Jason. Prayers for all the family. I truly love being part of your family & will miss my interactions with Jim. His hugs were the best.
Let's Toast a Veroner's ginger ale to Jim.

Posted by Renee' Fonte - Fairview Park, OH - Family Friend   October 04, 2019

I'm going to miss him. He was one of a kind. Always had us smiling with his sayings. I always said he was also faster than email. He would send me an email at work, and the moment it showed in my inbox he was already at my desk saying "I sent you an email"
Regina and family you are all in my prayers.

Posted by Kathy Motley Pavick - Cleveland, OH - Coworker   October 03, 2019


Although I did not know Jim for very long, I was thankful for the time I did. He always had a smile for me. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. May your friends and family find peace and comfort during this time. You are never alone.

Posted by Amy Bernard - Elyria, OH - Coworker   October 03, 2019

He was one of the Good Guys. He will be missed.

Posted by Rosemarie Herman - Brook Park, OH - Coworker   October 02, 2019

Well, I just left you a beautiful and well-thought-out message. It somehow disappeared. Loved Jim and love you all. I'll try again. Susan

Posted by Susan Bednar - Lakewood, OH - Family Friend   October 02, 2019

Every time I came up to the office Jim would always make me laugh. "Silence, I kill you!" He would say that to me over and over while I was up in Cleveland. I was just telling my boys about Jim and his wonderful personality and his efficiency of being able to make me laugh, put a huge smile on my face and make my trips to Cleveland so much fun. You will be missed my friend. My thoughts and prayers to all of his loved ones.

Miss you big guy!

Posted by Shannon Yates - Lake Charles, LA - Coworker   October 02, 2019

Dear Reggie, Rana, Robin, Jennifer, Jason and Jimmy: Grace and I are heartbroken. I have a lifetime's worth of cherished memories - from the cottages at Ipperwash to the Indians' games to going out for Chinese. He was more than a cousin - he was my brother and confidant. There's poem I'd like to share - Jim will always be in my thoughts and I'll think of him often and probably at the silliest of times, too:

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

By Mary Elizabeth Frye

All our love,
Mike and Grace

Posted by Mike Roelofsen - St Thomas, Ontario - Family   October 01, 2019

Jamming Dzia Dzia was a Huge Guy, in stature and personality. Always had a joke, for any occasion. (No matter how inappropriate!!) He didnt show that much emotion, but had such soulful eyes, you could tell her cared... Regina and family, you have my deepest sympathy, and love to all of you.
Love, the 4th Triplet.

Posted by Amanda Thomas - Cleveland, OH - Family Friend   October 01, 2019

Jim "Uncle Dorothy" was a good friend and a fine bandmate. My sincere prayers and sympathy go out to Regina and his children.

Posted by Larry Jester - Lakewood, OH - Friend   September 30, 2019

Miss you dad

Posted by Jason Cupedro - Son   September 30, 2019

With our deepest sympathy for your loss. God bless you all during this difficult time.

Posted by Fran and Tom Knowlden twodoguemom@gmail.com - Gig Harbor, WA - Friend   September 30, 2019

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