CONNEAUT — James Vespe, age 72, of Conneaut, Ohio, died Friday, June 7, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Jim was born on March 23, 1941, in Conneaut, the son of Joseph “Mic” and Lillian (Tobias) Vespe. He graduated from Conneaut High School in 1959. A Veteran, Jim enlisted in the Unites States Navy and later served in the Navy Reserves.
Following an honorable discharge, he returned to Conneaut and worked at the Pittsburgh & Conneaut Dock Company as a “Coal Tower Clerk” and retired after 30 years of service.
Jim was a member of St. Mary/ St. Frances Cabrini Parish and was also an altar boy at St. Mary in his younger years. Jim was known as a “Tenacious Guard” for the Conneaut Spartan Basketball team and later played City league basketball until he was 45. James was most notably one of the best golfers in Ashtabula County throughout his playing days. He was the former Club Champion at the Conneaut Country Club, Conneaut Shores, Windy Hill and Village Green golf courses.
He coached CLYO baseball for the “Tigers and Dairy Queen” teams. He was most proud of teaching golf to his son Jimmy, who later went on to play for The Ohio State Buckeye’s golf team.
Jim loved to travel to Buckeye, Ariz., where he and his wife would spend winters. He loved both his children and grandchildren dearly.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy (Dolbow) Vespe, whom he married 50 years ago on Feb. 16, 1963; daughter, Stacy Vespe of Lakewood, Ohio; son, James “Jimmy” and Michelle Vespe of Surprise, Ariz.; brother, Joseph and Becky Vespe of Conneaut; sister, Sandy and Tom Stewart of Erie, Pa., and Peggy Vespe of Beaver, Pa.; two grandchildren, Santana and Sasha Vespe; mother-in-law, Millie Bolbow; aunt, Virginia Scott; and several nieces and nephews.