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Painesville Location

1000 Mentor Avenue Painesville, Ohio 44077

Willoughby Location

38001 Euclid Avenue Willoughby, Ohio 44094

Mentor Location

6330 Center Street Mentor, Ohio 44060

James Paul Reese

07/28/1943 — 11/27/2020

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James Paul Reese of Willowick, Ohio went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 27, 2020, at age 77. Paul had a big heart and a big smile. He loved others and was passionate about helping the addicted and broken-hearted. He loved to tell people about his faith and about Jesus. He was a Deacon at Community of the Holy Spirit Church in Willoughby for 30 years and was active in Celebrate Recovery. Paul was a proud veteran of the US Navy Seabees and served in Vietnam. Paul had requested that his body be donated for The Cleveland Clinic, to help train medical students.

Paul is the loving husband of Margaret Reese (nee Palmstrom); father of Sean and Josh Reese; grandfather of four; son of the late Henry and Elizabeth (nee Bittle) Reese; brother of Patricia Melchior, Jack Reese and the late Mike Reese; uncle of many.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prison Fellowship Angel Tree, or to the Salvation Army.

An online Celebration of Life is planned for Dec 12, 2020, at 2 pm. Please visit https://www.youtube.com/user/chswilloughby1 to participate in the service.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Jeff Monreal Funeral Services.

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6 Replies to “James Paul Reese”

  1. Rest in peace,Paul. You did all your hard work while you were here.


  2. Thank you for your love and kindness over the years Uncle Paul! Seeing how much you loved Jesus was always so apparent, and always helped me to strengthen my relationship with the Lord! Thank you for being there for all of us in my parents last days to pray with us. You will surely be missed Uncle Paul!

    Love you!


  3. I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working alongside Paul and Margaret in Celebrate Recovery.


  4. You were a father figure to me Paul and I will miss you dearly. I can’t imagine what you are seeing right now. Until we meet again!


  5. Lou and Donetta Ortenzio December 3, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Paul inspired us as WV State Celebrate Recovery Representatives. We were there when he got his 50 year coin.


  6. We will miss you Uncle Paul! Thank you for your love and giving soul. We were blessed to have you in our lives. We love you.
    Rest In Peace.


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