James M. Lengyel, 73, passed away peacefully at his home, with his family by his side, on March 13, 2020 following a brave battle with cancer.
He was born in Ashtabula on April 18, 1946, the son of John and Sara (Lundi) Lengyel.
James graduated from Harbor High School in 1964 and went on to earn his bachelor's degree in business from Youngstown State University in 1969. He taught business and accounting and coached basketball, football and wrestling at PV from 1969-1972. In 1972 he began his 40-year career as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch. He retired in 2012.
On March 15, 1969 he married Bernadette Licate, his loving and devoted wife of 50 years.
He was a fierce competitor all of his life whether it be on the basketball court at Harbor High School or racing his sailboat, Revolution, on Lake Erie. Sailing was his favorite hobby, he captained and raced the Great Lakes for many years. He was a member of AYC and EYC. He also enjoyed golfing and watching all of the Ohio sports teams. His greatest love was his family. He enjoyed spending time with them, attending their sporting events and teaching them his favorite sports, basketball and sailing. James looked forward to his family vacations, especially to Sarasota, Florida.
His greatest happiness came to him and his wife when they became grandparents. There was nothing better for James then being a "Papa" to his two grandsons.
He is survived by his loving family; his wife Bernadette, his daughter Christine (Larry) LaPlaca and son David (Nikki) Lengyel; his grandsons Jimmy LaPlaca and David Lengyel.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother John.
Safety was one of James's main concerns. He always had everyone's best interest in mind whether it be his family, friends or clients; in light of the nation's current epidemic his family has decided to postpone any public services for everyone's well-being. A celebration of James's life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made in his name to Hospice of the Western Reserve, Saybrook Fire Department or St. John School, cards offering condolences can be sent directly to James's family.
Published on March 21, 2020