James Leo Brand
April 13, 1960 ‒ August 08, 2017
MANSFIELD: James Leo Brand went to be with the Lord Tuesday evening, August 8, 2017 in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 57.
He was born April 13, 1960 in Cleveland to parents James & Frances (Lewandowski) Brand. He graduated from Bedford High School before continuing his education at THE Ohio State University, graduating with his bachelors of education with the class of 1982.
James worked as a band and music teacher for Crestview and Mansfield City Schools. He was a gifted musician being able to play just about any instrument but his favorites were the saxophone and bass. He was a great motivator and inspiration to each of his students hoping to make a difference in each of their lives.
James was an active member in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. He sang in the choir, lead discipleship groups and even helped cantor.
He is survived by his wife, whom he married October 3, 2015, Jane Brand of Mansfield; brothers John Brand of Cleveland, Robert (Marissa) Brand of La Jolla, CA and William (Kris) Brand of Medina; step-sons Adam (Shelby) Perkins and Andy Perkins (Danielle); 4 grandchildren; 4 nieces and nephews; very good friends Shirley Snodgrass and Grand Dotterer. James was preceded in death by his parents.
The Brand family will receive friends Monday, August 14, 2017 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where a memorial service honoring James’ life will begin immediately at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Pentti Maki will officiate.
In lieu of flowers contributions in James’ memory may be made to Crestview Band Boosters or Mansfield City Band Boosters. Donations can be made at the service.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve James’ family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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