James W. Tighe II

December 14, 1956 ‒ June 05, 2015

Lakewood, Ohio

James W. Tighe II, age 58, of Lakewood formerly of Mount Vernon passed away Friday morning, June 5, 2015 at home with his wife by his side following a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease/ALS since 2008.  He was born on December 14, 1956 in Mount Vernon, son of the late James Kelley and Helen (Kaler) Tighe.

Jim was a graduate of Saint Vincent Elementary School and Mount Vernon High School.  He furthered his education by attending Vincennes University and Miami University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.  Jim was a member of the Westside Irish American Club, Ancient Order of Hibernians, American Legion, Rocky River Power and Sail Squadron, Moose Lodge of Mount Vernon, Tin Can Sailors and the Vermilion Boat Club.

Jim’s career and passion was his truck insurance business. He took great pride in educating and insuring family owned businesses.  His career followed in the footsteps of the family business which began in Mount Vernon in1933.  His other favorite pastime was his love for the water and boating.  He was a loving and devoted husband to Leslie for 22 years.  He was brother, best friend and business mentor to Terry and Kevin. Jim had a kind and compassionate soul, whose many acts of kindness often went unpublished.  He never met anyone that did not become a friend

James is survived by his loving wife, Leslie (McCoy) Tighe, whom he married on July 31, 1993; brothers, Terence J. Tighe of Mount Vernon and Kevin J. (Deborah) Tighe of Columbus;  nephews, Timothy C. and Michael J. Tighe; cousins, Kathy(Robert) Zetzmann,  Sperry Kaler, Jeffrey Kaler, Greg (Libby) Mays, Cynthia (James) Apostolakis, James (Toni) Magnuson, Ellen (Daniel) Hayett and R. Tighe (Margaret) Magnuson; father and mother-in-law, Roger and Bernie McCoy;  and numerous friends.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents, James W. and Elizabeth Tighe and Spiro and Catherine Kaler; and a cousin, Christopher Kaler.

The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High St., Mount Vernon.  A prayer service will follow the evening visitation.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Mount Vernon with Rev. Father Vincent Nguyen as the Celebrant.  Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Mount Vernon.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Saint Luke Catholic Church, 1212 Bunts Rd., Lakewood, OH at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2015.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the Mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Northern Ohio Chapter, 6155 Rockside Road, Suite 403, Independence, OH 44131 in Jim’s memory

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting, www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of James W. Tighe II.

  • We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Jimmy. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace in this time of sorrow.

    Terry and Pam Hissong

  • Our prayers go out to you and your family. We were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. You are in our thoughts at this difficult time.

  • We find it difficult to express our sorrow with the passing of our neighbor and close friend. We send prayers to our friend, Leslie and all of the other member’s of the family.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this sad time. We have many wonderful memories of Jimmy, as he loved people and life and always had a smile on his face. You will be missed, but memories last a lifetime!


    Theresa, John, Tim and Michael

  • We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. What a kind and gentle man he was.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Our condolence to the entire Tighe Family. “Jimmy” was one of the nicest guys that I had the honor of knowing. Our families have a long working history together and it is very sad to hear of his passing. A great resource of business knowledge but more importantly a wonderful kind considerate person.
    Are prayers go out to all the Tighe Family & Friends.
    Bob & Carole
    Bob Sr. & Norma

  • Dear Leslie and family,
    I was very saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. You and Jim have been customers of mine for many years. Jim was always very kind and gracious and will be missed. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless,
    Kathy from Chase Rocky River

  • Dear Family,

    We (myself and the Bolt Express Team) all are so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. Jim was the most humble, caring and compassionate person i have every known. He was always a gentlemen and always displayed tremendous character.

    Jim always went well beyond the normal expectations in a business relationship to meet the needs of the customer or even personal needs of the business owner. He did business the good old way….personal relationships that mattered and which he cared deeply about. Hard to find that character in people today.

    We have lost a great man in Jim….he will be missed. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Ben & Libby Bauman
    Bolt Express Team

  • Friday was a sad day at Pleasant Hill Lake.
    That sadness turned to smiles as we reminisced about
    the good times we shared with Jimmy.
    We will miss his story telling and “silly” sense of humor.
    We feel blessed to have had Jimmy as a friend.
    Our thoughts are with you Leslie, Terry, and Kevin.

    Dr. Bob and Vonnie Sue

  • Jim was truly a person who would go out of his way for anyone. A Christian in the truest sense of the word. I, and my wife Mary Beth, were privileged to know Jim. There is no question where his soul is now. God Bless all in his family because his passing is a terrible loss. But his goodness will live on in our and your memories of him.

    Ron & Mary Beth Golas

  • Sorry to hear about Jim; he was funny and kind and always had time for others. Always will remember our VBC Rendezvous up the Detroit River and the crazy antics of our group at the many ports we visited. Rest assured, he will be having fun at his next Port-a-Call, too
    Tom and Linda Evans, Ryan, Eric at VBC

  • You have reached the end of a long and difficult journey.
    Jim faced his life with a cheerful heart and courage.
    We will all remember his spirit.

  • I was so sorry to hear of Jim”s passing. I hope all of the many, wonderful memories that you have shared, comfort you. I will hold you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jim will be truly missed by friends and family alike. Was always a great pleasure to see and talk with Jim & Leslie at Clinton Reef Club. -Bryan

  • Leslie,
    I was so sorry to see that your husband passed away. I’m sorry I never got to meet him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please stay in touch.
    Sue Perry Grasso

  • My heart broke to hear of the loss of Jim. But his is a spirit that will not be forgotten. He had such a happiness about him – and was one of the most kind and genuine human being I’ve ever met in my life, let alone ever had the pleasure to work with in the insurance business.
    We can only try to aspire to be such a light in this world as Jim was.
    I loved his funny stories and the compassion he always showed for his clients.
    He was a great man and will be very deeply missed.

  • Dear Leslie Tighe & Family, Our sincere & very deepest sympathy in the loss of Jim. He was an absolute delite to know. Jim had a very contageous smile & laugh! He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. God bless you all.
    Lino & Jeannette DeAnna

  • Me and my family express sympathy to the Tighe family. My two sons grew up on Pleasant Hill with Jimmy, his brothers, the Maul and Campbell families and others. I think that the growing up roaming the hill had a great deal to do to the character and upbring of the kids.I had sort of lost track of all the kids but read of Jim’s passing in the Rocky River Currents. I now live in FL.

  • My dear Leslie,
    I am so very sorry to hear of the great loss,of your husband, Jim. What joy to see the beautiful video on this site, of your life together, and also to see you and your parents. what a fun life you seem to have had. He was so blessed to have you.
    Much love to you all!

  • It saddens our heart to hear of Jims passing. We shall forever remember him and the joy he brought to us re-telling antics of his dinghy rides.

    Prayers go out to you & your family

    Emily & Tom Bores (RRPS)