A celebration of life service for James L. Aldridge, 72, of Heath, was held August 15, 2012, with Reverends Thomas Keen, Jerry Wiles and Joseph Batte officiating. Interment followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery with military honors by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.
He was born in Buffalo, New York on June 28, 1940, to the late Edward C. and Grace (Hoffman) Aldridge. Jim passed away at home on August 11, 2012, with his loving family at his side.
In 1958, Jim graduated from Depew High School, Depew, New York and enlisted in the United States Navy. He served two years active duty and seven years in the U. S. Navy Reserves, consecutively.
Graduating from Bryant & Stratton College, Buffalo, New York, with an Associate Degree in Business Administration, and being certified in the National Purchasing Association led Jim to his goal of building a successful business in the future. His career included Purchasing Manager for Aimco Industries, Grand Island, New York, Ward Hydraulics of Alden, New York/Newark, Ohio, and Communicolor, Hebron.
Jim freelanced in photography for many years while working his full time job as purchasing manager. Jim was a certified member of the Professional Photographers of America. In 1977, Jim opened his business, J & B Photography Studio in Heath, and later, an additional studio in Pickerington. He enjoyed photographing schools, sports, graduating seniors, business executives, family portraits, weddings and commercial photography. He also served as photographer for the City of Heath, Davis Shai House, Heath News, Heath Sertoma and Millersport United Methodist Church. He always loved to make people smile or laugh to bring out their personality.
When Jim’s health failed and he required a lung transplant, the business was sold to Dave Hall of Hall & Son and the legacy continued on under the J & B Photography Studio name.
Jim’s favorites were camping and boating with his family and friends, traveling, writing, reading about the Civil War and volunteering in the community. He always had a camera with him and he love to capture the perfect outdoor nature scene, fun candid shots and portraits of his four grandchildren, and award winning competition entries for professional photography.
Jim knew he was blessed to receive a transplant and the 12 additional years of life allowed him to be an advocate for donor awareness serving Lifeline of Ohio and sharing with numerous churches, clubs and individuals about his “gift of life”. He also supported patients waiting for a lung transplant at Cleveland Clinic and those in the community who would contact him.
Jim was a member of the Millersport United Methodist Church and served as treasurer for many years.
He enjoyed giving back to the community as a member and officer of Heath Sertoma, where he served as treasurer, president and trustee. Jim received the 1997- 1998 Community Achievement Award, 2002-2003 Sertoman of the Year award and the 2009 Sertoma Service Award for 2000 hours of service.
Jim was a member of the Masonic Order for 47 years. In 1975, Jim served as Worshipful Master of Depew Lodge #823 F & AM in Lancaster, New York and transferred his membership to Heath Lodge in 1978.
He is survived by his wife, Betty M. (Bathe) Aldridge,; daughters, Angela (Edward) Aldridge-Mead of Newark, and Lisa (Lee) Aldridge-Gillisphie of Heath; brothers, Edward H. (Ellen) Aldridge of Las Vegas, Carl L. (Edwina) Aldridge of Grand Island, NY; sister, Sharon D. Aldridge-Wozniak of Matthews, NC; grandchildren, James Hunter, Emily Grace, Meida Lee, Brighton Lee, Pengbo (Peego) Gillisphie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Aldridge is preceded in death by his parents and a brother Robert Aldridge.
Donations may be made to the Davis Shai House, 301 Central Parkway, Heath, Ohio 43056, Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road, Newark, Ohio 43055 or Lifeline of Ohio, 770 Kinnear Road, Suite 200, Columbus, Ohio 43212.
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