James Vincent Beemiller Jr. (Jim, Jimmy), (82) of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away peacefully January 8, 2021 due to complications of COVID-19.
Jim was born in Cleveland, Ohio (Little Italy) to the late Marie Vita DePalma Luciano and James Vincent Beemiller Sr. He was the big brother of Paula Luciano, Dona Luciano Major Nason (Tom), Gerald Beemiller (Paulette), the late Jack Beemiller (Marianne) and Janet Morgan (Mike). He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Geri, children, Tony (Laura) Beemiller, Diana Marie Leuzzi, Annette (Mike) Jasper, Vince (Lisa) Beemiller, Anthony Dalessio (Elaine) and Michelle (Rod) Crutchfield. Grandchildren, Casey, Nicole, Megan, Cole, Max, Holden, Harrison, and Heath. Great-grandchildren, Dominic, Angelina, Dylan, and Ayson.
Jim grew up in a small town (Wickliffe, OH) before enlisting in the U.S. Army. Stationed in Germany, he proudly served as a marksman and received several commendations. He was very successful in all his endeavors. As an altar boy at Holy Rosary Church (Murray Hill, OH) , his military service, working at Lincoln Electric, and owning his restaurant, Mimi Ribs (Mentor, OH). Jim moved to Arizona in the mid 70’s and began working in real estate. From there, he became a successful homebuilder in the southwest (Wood Bros. Homes, Coventry, Hildon). He also was a part gym owner (Ultra Sport in Scottsdale), and owner of Border Masonry Walls and AZ Block (Phoenix). Jim was able to retire at an early age and enjoy his passions. When he wasn’t traveling, he could be found reading, enjoying nature, on a golf course, or at the gym.
Jim lived life large and had a love for life. He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren and he cherished time spent with his family and friends. He was able to travel the world. Hawaii was a favorite destination as well as their second home in Prescott, AZ for many years. Jim had a way to make you feel magical and gave the best advice always. He loved a good meal and never missed the annual homemade ravioli tradition or sauce on Thursdays and Sundays. He really enjoyed desserts, especially Dairy Queen and napoleons. Jim also loved relaxing on the patio with his Scotch and a cigar.
Jim was loved by so many because he always looked at his glass half full. He loved most sports, especially football, racquetball and golf. He even had 2 holes in one! Jimmy was a best friend, always looking out for the best for his family and friends. He had a voice that would rock the Opera world. He was often asked to sing Ave Maria at weddings at the Holy Rosary Church. His late Grandfather was an Opera singer, Anthony Angelo DePalma and Jim inherited those talents. He often broke out into song at restaurants, entertaining everyone with a beautiful aria.
Jim was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend to many. He will be missed greatly. He will always be remembered as a loud, proud, great Italian.
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