WINDERMERE, Fla. - James F. Cusick, 72, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend died on April 24, 2013 in Windermere, Florida.
Jim was born in Steuben-ville, Ohio on November 8, 1940, the son of James P. and Martha Cusick. He attended The Ohio State University for a year before going into the State Highway Patrol Police Academy, dedicating his professional life to civil service at the Ohio State Highway Patrol for over 30 years.
As Jim went up through the ranks of the Ohio State Patrol, he traveled and worked throughout Ohio - the patrol posts Jim worked at were in Steubenville, Warren, Hiram, Lisbon, Marietta, Athens, and retired as a Captain in Jackson.
Jim enjoyed serving his community. During his time in Jackson, Ohio, Jim supported Jackson High School athletics through fundraising efforts and was a high school wrestling coach (1995-96). While living in Athens, Ohio he was a great fan and friend to Ohio University athletics, supporting many athletes, and was Vice President of the Green and White Club in the early '80s. While in Marietta, he served on various community organizations including the Bi-Centennial celebration committee.
After he retired in 1993, Jim and Eileen spent their life traveling the US and Canada in a motorhome. They enjoyed visiting friends and family and working as a volunteer or part time at various jobs, including John Jarvie Historical Ranch, Badlands National Park, Walt Disney World/Epcot Center/Magic Kingdom, Dworshak Dam Visitors Center and See's Candy.
Jim is survived by his wife of 47 years, Eileen George Cusick from East Liverpool, Ohio, along with his children and their families, Christine (45) and Pete Moore, Colleen (44), Andy and (granddaughter) Loren (4) Williams, Darrick (42) Cusick and Craig (34) and Sandi Cusick.
Jim will be remembered in a private family gathering in a few weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memoriam of James (Jim) Cusick to MD Anderson Cancer Center, Donations Department, 1400 S Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida 32806 or www.mdanderson.org/gifts.