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James Paul ‘Diamond Jim’ Harlett

November 9, 2012
The Advertiser-Tribune

It must have been a full moon Aug. 17, 1930, in Tiffin, because that day Evelyn (King) and Arthur Harlett became the proud parents of James Paul Harlett. After a long, fulfilled life, he joined his parents and granddaughter, Julia Marie Feasel, when he passed away Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.

Jim graduated from Calvert High School in 1948, with his best friend, Robert "Rube" O'Connor and the rest of his buddies who were known to "paint the streets of Tiffin red."

Jim married Patricia McCrory in 1952 and together they parented four children. Jim owned over 100 businesses and endeavors. He was also known for his chain of "Diamond Jim's" and "Brother Jim's Pizza" helped by his friend, Frankie Reino, sharing his family recipe.

Jim had many interests: watching his son play football, helping his daughters in their businesses and, of course, "The Harlett Stables."

Left with his memories are his wife, Mildred, whom he married in 1993; his four children, Jennifer (Ralph) Keibach, Jeffrey (Kelly) Harlett, Jill (Dennis) Kaminsky and Jackie (Jerry) Slowinski; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two stepchildren, Amy and Matt; two stepgrandchildren; a sister, Jean (William) Lochotzki; and a brother, William (Joyce) Harlett.

Friends and family are asked to share memories from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Reino's Pizza, Tiffin.

His funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Toledo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert High School.



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