James LaCavera

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

James LaCavera, who lived to make people laugh, passed away on May 3rd, 2020 surrounded by the family he loved.

Did you hear about the guy who lost his whole left side???

Well….He’s all right now!

We will miss hearing him say that joke. It was one of few that was on his wife’s “allowed” list to share with strangers. James forged a 76 year trail of laughter, generosity, compassion and abundant love.

He will be greatly missed by the love of his life; wife of 56 years, Joanne (Augustine) LaCavera, his children, Donna Braswell and son in law, David Braswell, Maria LaCavera, and grandchildren Michael, Jacob and wife Ashley, Jenna, and nieces and nephew, Elaina, Gina, Angela, Valerie, Tom, Nicole and Bill.

James was also a second father to grandson, Michael LaCavera, Frank English, Dorothy Poulsen and a very spoiled and lucky cat named Maggie.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio November 22nd, 1943, the son of Mike and Jean (Leanza),LaCavera. He was also predeceased by a brother, William.

He graduated in the class of 62 at John Marshal High School. Along with his wife by his side he started a machine shop in their garage and would eventually establish a successful business called Tru-Form Machine Products. He also worked in Florida real estate and onto the hospitality business in Branson, MO.

He enjoyed life and pursued some of his many hobbies including boating, fishing, scuba diving, antique cars, motorcycling, traveling, teaching and sharing God’s word, sending daily joke emails to family and friends and harassing numerous waitresses, store clerks and unsuspecting strangers with his silly jokes but most of all his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family.

James was a machinist and an inventor, master prankster and junk collector. There was nothing he couldn’t fix or rig for a better purpose. Also affectionately known as Dr. Seuss his many inventions included a one man helicopter, a grand underground bunker, fake mice on invisible strings, plastic snakes, his famous mongoose in a spring loaded box and even the beginnings of a one man submarine until his wife said, “No Jimmy!….I can’t save you underwater!”

He had a joyous spirit full of love and laughter; he will be incredibly missed by all who knew him. Up until the end his outlook and sense of humor remained with him- his memories shared, funnies made and his love abounding.

As per his wishes there will be no funeral service. In lieu of the global pandemic a Celebration of his Life is planned at a later date yet to be determined.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneeral.com.