James Jay Piazza

July 23, 1959 ‒ July 27, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

James Jay Piazza, age 61, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Monday, July 27. 2020 at Licking Memorial Hospital.  He was born on July 23, 1959 in Cleveland, Ohio the son of James and Marian (Phillips) Piazza.  Jay was a 1977 graduate of Bedford High School and took residence in Mount Vernon in the mid 1980’s.  He was employed for several years with the Knox County Department of Transportation and as an artist for Creative Foundations.

Jay was a kindhearted man and you would always be greeted with a friendly smile and a “Hello… how ya doin?”  Jay loved people and being part of the community.  He was a member of the People First of Ohio and participated in several conferences about advocacy, rights, and responsibilities.  He was involved and performed in many shows and plays.  He enjoyed Halloween and Christmas dances and always helped decorate and clean up.

Jay loved to eat at his favorite restaurants, Red Lobster, Friendly’s, Long John Silver and Pizza Hut.  He also enjoyed his home cooked meals as well.  Nothing was better than some chocolate ice cream to top off a wonderful meal.

Jay’s hobbies included swimming, biking, bowling, painting, puzzles, listening to 70’s music, shopping, going to fairs and various festivals and car shows.  Jay was an extremely proud man and that included his Sicilian heritage.  He loved his family and friends and will be greatly missed by many.  Jay truly was a friend to all.

He is survived by his father James Piazza; siblings, Rosanne Moldvay (Chuck), Brenda Valponi (Paul) and Marc; loving uncle of 7 and great uncle of 6.   He was preceded in death by his mother Marian (Phillips) Piazza.

The family will observe a private burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Cleveland.  The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of James Jay Piazza.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com


  • I work at the Knox County board of DD where Jay attended. I’m sorry for the loss of your loved one. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. 

  • Jay was a real pleasure while he worked with us in the Knox County Sign Shop. I enjoyed being Jay’s foreman .I’m very sorry for your loss…Steve Balazs

  • Jay we will miss you! You were part of my Ohio family, my Tennessee family, and the People First family. You don’t have to be blood to be family. I know you, Darcy, and Brian are having a great time about right now. You have brought so much joy to my heart. Always a gentleman unless you were teaching me golf lessons! You will be miss by so many. Tennessee family had a hard day when hearing of the passing. Hearts are broken but you are in a great place.
    Sadie Hunter

  • Jay will always hold a special place in my heart. I am so glad I had the pleasure of knowing him. RIP my friend. I know you are at peace now and so glad to be able to hug your mother again.

  • To the family of Jay, please accept my condolences. I got to know Jay
    when he first came to Mount Vernon while working with T.L.C. homes. He was a kind person and always had a smile when talking about his family.
    It was a pleasure to work with him as he transitioned into semi independent living.

    Shari Baugher

  • It was my pleasure to work with Jay at Creative Foundations. I knew him to be always happy & a true gentle man. He loved his jewelry & was very proud of his work. Our community mourns his departure. May every one affected by his loss find comfort in knowing he’s surrounded by loved one. You were a Hood man Jay & lived a Good life. We are honored to have known you. RSTAHLE

  • To the family of Jay my condolence go out To you. Jay was so polite, friendly and always had a smile every time I saw him. He was my brother’s best friend Rick Parker. Last year I was with my brother for 6 months we tried so hard to find Jay went to every rest home and ask everyone if they knew where you were. My cousin Cathy even called everyone she knew to find Jay. My brother past this last Dec 18 2019. Now dear Jay you can rest in peace and once again be my brother’s best friend in Heaven. So sorry we didn’t get to see you before my brother died. Prayers to you and family.

  • I always looked up to you brother… I’ll keep looking up to you in heaven. Rest in peace.

  • Sorry to hear of Jays passing . He truly was a sweet gentleman always a big smile and a kind heart we had some good times in years past. Rip Sweet Jay

  • Dear Jay.
    To hear of your passing caught me by surprise and indeed made my heart hurt instantly. But to hear that you brightened so many others lives, and spent many of these years being productive and enjoying so many things life has to offer well, that brought a big smile to my face!! So, so.glad for that Jay, after things turned out the way they did way back then.
    Luv ya, man!! 💗💗💗

    P.S. They just tore down Chanel High School a couple days ago!!!

  • From our family to yours, we are so very sorry for your loss. May James Rest In Peace …….

  • Very sad to hear of Jay’s passing . I will always remember growing up on Lehman drive and playing Batman together .great memories of a simple time in life with you as a neighbor Jay . Condolences from the vasinko family Frank Lois kath sue . Rest in peace jay

  • I’m had the pleasure of taking care of Jay these past 8 months. I can’t help but be saddened of his passing and yet happy for him to be with his mom. He holds a special place in my heart. I will miss him asking “How you doin Amanda?” He started as my resident but became part of my family. Sing loud in heaven my dear, let me hear that amazing voice as ya sing with the angels.

  • I took jay out to smoke one night, just him and I.. he told me about Cleveland and his dad.. he made me smile every day I went into work and when I left. I’ll miss seeing his ornery smile. RIP Jay ♥️

  • Jay was resident of the month for Newark Care in April. His friendly way and always asking (how you doing) made in a favorite with staff. Fly high Jay…..

  • As a former activity assistant, I spent some time with Jay putting a puzzle together that had an Italian scene on it. He told me all about his Italian/Sicilian heritage. He will be missed. Rest In Peace.

  • Sorry to hear of death of Jay. My family often spoke of him, in fact this past week, and wondered how he was. Sleep with the angels Jay. Rest in God’s peace.