James A. Mraz, Sr.
- January 26, 1946 - June 10, 2012
- Avon Lake, Ohio
of James' Passing
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“I worked at Nova briefly and then onto Olympic Fasteners, I was saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I always thought of him as a fair, stand-up man. ...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Shelley (Hawk) Wetherholt
“Jim was a wonderful and kind man and will be missed by all of us at Dawson.
2 of 23 | Posted by: Julie Lepere - Las Vegas, NV
“Words alone can not express our sympathy. We hope that your wonderful memories of him will bring you comfort and peace in this difficult time. ...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: The Koenig Family - Las Vegas, NV
“Many fond memories, he will be missed by many. I would have liked to have thanked him in person, for he, indirectly, introduced me to the love of my...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Jon Gemmer - Mentor, OH
“I was surprised and saddened by Jim's passing. Jim was truly one of the nicest friends in my fastener career. Jim always went out of his way to visit...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Dick Slusser - Friend
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to Jim's family. We will miss
him immensely. Jim was more than the CEO of a company where we
worked...he was family...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Greg and Jill Jackson - Berea, OH
“Seldom does one meet a kinder person. I was blessed to know him and even more blessed to call him friend. I will always remember his humor, wit,...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Terry Cook - las vegas, NV
“I have the honor of calling Jim Mraz my Mentor. Fresh out of college, I cut my fastener distribution "teeth" with Jim as my boss. I could not have...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Rudy Petric - Westlake, OH
“I used to work with Jim at Nova machine shop, he was a great man and will surly be missed! He always treated his employees with respect and always...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Pete Toth - Pamra, Hts., OH
“Joyce, I am so so sorry for the loss of Jim. I remember very fondly those ski trips we all took to Vail and we had such a good time. You and I go way...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Marie Brettelle - Medina, OH
“There will never be another person like Jim Mraz. Like most our friendship started as a business relationship quickly moving to a personal friendship...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Marion & Janet Mitchell - NC
“For many years on the wall of Jim’s office was a tribute to John Wayne. After working with Jim for close to 20 years and for 13 years as a...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Paul Novosel - Waite Hill, OH
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Mraz family, Jim was and exceptional person and will be dearly missed.
13 of 23 | Posted by: Chuck and Dawn Natola - Cotaco , AL
“Joyce: I will miss my friend Jim. A man of conviction, faith, and a gentle spirit. I valued my time with Jim on the golf course or in my office. ...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Russ Raymond - Cleveland , OH
“Jim Jr. is someone I consider a good business friend. I met Sr. several times but it was usually in a meeting when higher management would come to...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Marty Nolan - Strongsville, OH
“I had the honor and privilege of being Jim's personal assistant for over ten years. Jim truly cared for people from his heart. I have so many good...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Barb & Woody Lindsey - Beachwood, OH
“My heart is heavy with the news of Jim's untimely passing. My parents (Bruce & Ronnie Wilson) and I were "dock neighbors" to Jim and Joyce at...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Linda Wilson - Mentor, OH
“Our prayers are with the Mraz family at this time. Jim was a very special man who genuinely cared about each of his employees. I will always...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Jessica Chadbourne & Patrick Dombrowski - OH
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Mraz and without him I would not have a great career at Nova Machine products. It saddens me to...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Richard L Stewart - Parma, OH
“One of the nicest men that anyone will ever meet. He worked his tail end off at Nova and always did everything in his power to make sure he met the...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Debbie Charlet - Contracts Mgr URS EPD - NM
“We are saddened to learn of Jim's passing, especially at his young age. May he rest in peace in the hands of The Lord. Sincere condolences go out...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Phil and Debbie Caponi - IN
“I am a QA Program Auditor and had occasions to Audit Nova in Cleveland. Auditors don't normally bond with company owners, but I did with Jim. He had...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Carl R Wallskog - Tri-Cities, WA
“Jim was one of the few vendors that I always enjoyed dealing with. Regardless of the pressure I would put him and the others thru, he always had a...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Dave Martin - Painesville, OH
James A. Mraz, 66, a self made man, passed away, Sunday, June 10, 2012 at the Cleveland Clinic. Jim was born, January 26, 1946 at the Army Hospital at White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. He graduated from John Adams High School, Cleveland, in 1964 and was a long time resident of Bay Village before moving to Las Vegas. Mr. Mraz was an entrepreneur creating successful companies for the past 37 plus years. His life's work and dream culminated with the founding of NOVA Machine Products Corporation, Middleburg Heights in 1984. He was the President and CEO and also the Vice President of Nova Services and Applications, Incorporated (NSA). NOVA Machine Products manufactures and sells fasteners and nuclear hardware. NOVA received the prestigious Weatherhead 100 Award as the "Outstanding Growth Company" in Northeast Ohio and was also the recipient of the Weatherhead Award for "Outstanding Company" 4 years in a row. After retiring from the work force, he created and produced his own television show, "Children Talk".
Mr. Mraz had many interests and hobbies; he was an avid golfer, certified scuba diver, and member of Westwood Country Club. He was a boater and also a Harley Davidson owner and collector. He was an automobile enthusiast; he enjoyed travel including cruises and life in Las Vegas. He was described by his family as someone who could tell a great story and was fun to be with. He attended Holy Trinity Church, Avon, was a member of the Fortune 500 Club, and an active member of numerous fastener industry organizations, including the Industrial Fastener Institute (IFI), Nuclear Society, NC Fastener Association, and the Utilities Service Alliance.
Jim is survived by his wife of 37 years Joyce (nee Tracz); children, Denise Mraz, James Jr. and Irene Mraz; grandfather of Carmelle Wasch and Dustin Mraz.; brother of Marsha Mraz Wilson and Thomas Mraz. Friend to many. Preceeded by parents Yaro T., Sr. and Lois C. (nee Kinford) Mraz.
Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home 32000 Detroit Rd., Avon, Friday, June 15 from 2:00-8:00pm and Saturday, June 16 @ 8:00am, prayers service will be at the funeral home, Saturday at 9:15am, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity Church, 33601 Detroit Rd., Avon at 10:00am. Entombment will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic, P.O. Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193-1655.