James P. Scanlon


James “Jim” Patrick Scanlon, age 45 of Solon, Ohio, passed away on May 4, 2022. He was born on June 24, 1976 to the late Mary Jane Christie Scanlon and John (Sue) Scanlon. Jim was always a loving and appreciative brother to Kate Scanlon (Kevin Keating) and Molly (Walt) Edwards. He was step-brother to Hannah (Alex) Cox and Max (Jenna) Laird. Jim was a proud uncle to Rose Christie Keating, Walter Hugh Edwards III, Isla Jane Edwards, Charles Emerson Laird, and Georgia Kate Laird. Jim is survived by many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins, all of whom were always a big part of his life. 

Jim was a 1998 graduate of Ohio University and went on to work for Cuyahoga County as a probation officer. He retired early from his career due to his seizure disorder. Jim spent the following two decades pursuing his love of art, reading, and listening to his favorite music. Jim was an enthusiastic Cleveland sports fan and life-long nightly Jeopardy! viewer. Despite his significant health struggles, Jim always had a positive attitude and loved talking with people and making new friends. Jim found comfort and friendships while attending Speak Easy, a group supporting other adults with brain injuries and communication disorders. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you consider doing an act of kindness in Jim’s memory or a donation can be made to: 

Case Western Reserve University Communications Sciences Program 

Speakeasy Program 

Attn: Kellie Shaffer, Dept Assistant 

11635 Euclid Avenue Cleveland Ohio 44106 

Family will receive guests (masks required) at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 14th prior to an 11:00 a.m. mass at Church of the Resurrection, 32001 Cannon Road, Solon Ohio 44139.

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  1. Denise Donaghue & Angel Russo says:

    Scanlon family you have our deepest sympathy. We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Jim was a great young man – so sweet and personable. We will treasure his artwork forever. May he Rest In Peace.

  2. Heather Novak says:

    Jack, your love for your son and ongoing focus on his health were so evident. My thoughts are with your family at this time.


    • jack scanlon says:

      Thanks for your thoughtful words…..make sure you give your son, a hug, letting him know how important he is in your life.


  3. Arlene & John Beinhardt says:

    We were so saddened Jack to hear about Jim. Our prayers are with you and your family. John was hoping to see Jim at the Stroke Club luncheon last month and looking forward to seeing him again once Speak Easy started again in person. He and John had a special connection, one that Jim seemed to have with all the stroke survivors. He worried about everyone! The beautiful drawing he made for John will be cherished even more now. He will be deeply missed!

  4. Linda Legeza says:

    Prayers coming for comfort to all who knew and loved Jim. Kate, I remember your talking about him and how you worried. He is in a happier place now, and doesn’t have to worry about seizures any more.

  5. David Dye says:

    Condolences to his family and our Speakeasy family. For me as a stroke survivor with aphasia, I remember him as a nice guy with a good humor. He will be definitely missed.

  6. Laura Milner (Bisio) says:

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. My heart aches for all of you at such a tragic loss! Katie posted a picture awhile back of the 3 kids on Easter Sunday and it warmed my heart…. it’s exactly how I still remember everyone…. as if we never grew up!!! …. I even remember the outfits! Love and condolences to all of you!!!

    • jack scanlon says:

      Thanks Laura, your kind words are much appreciated.

      My heart aches for your mom`s condition, I pray for her a lot, and I think of her often.


  7. Steven Flowe says:

    Jack, was sorry to hear Jim’s passing. I remember when he was graduating high school and when he was injured in college. Please express Sherrae and my condolences to Kate and Molly. Miss you guys as neighbors. My God bless you all and keep you. Steven and Sherrae Flowe

  8. Colleen and Tony Valocchi says:


    We are so sorry for your loss. There are no words. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Barb cox says:

    I am so sorry to hear this news- we had lots of long talks and laughs together- he had a nice time at put- in-bay with Shelley and I a few years ago- we’ll now hi spirit can travel like he always wanted john and sue and family- he was very greatful for everything you did for him – he knew you all put your life on hold and would express his greatfullnes

  10. Shelley says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the sudden loss of Jim, he was an amazing , fun loving guy who would bend over backwards to help anyone in need. May he rest in peace and fly high with the angels above, sending prayers and hugs

  11. Paul and Linda Stopar says:

    So sorry for your loss Jack and Sue. May he be resting in peace.

  12. Valerie Brian Hoit says:

    Sorry to learn of your loss,
    Sending our condolences.
    May he Rest In Peace .

  13. Kurt Gielink says:

    So sorry for your loss. Jim was like a little brother to us.

    • jack scanlon says:

      It was nice of you and your brothers to mentor Jim….you guys taught him all the basic rules ….baseball, basketball.

      Hope to see you Saturday….will be good to see old familiar faces.


  14. NaDenna Colbert says:

    My thoughts prayers and love to the entire Scanlon Family! Jim was an amazing man with a bright smile and loving heart. I am here for each and everyone one of you during this time !