In Memory of
James M. Ellison




James M. Ellison, 77, of Akron, went home to be with the Lord, November 13, 2013. 

He retired with 40 years of Service at Bridgestone-Firestone as a computer hardware analyst and ten years at ATI (Access to Independence) as a volunteer. 

James was a member of Mt. Akra # 680 F& AM, Past President of the National Association of Physically Handicapped and National Director. He also testified before the State Legislature and helped draft the Handicap Parking Law. He worked with City Council on Curb Cut Legislation and Accessable Housing Standards in the Building Code. James was an avid sportsman, he was an expert marksman and belonged to Firestone Pistol Club and Zepplin Sportsman Club. He was also a member of the Rubber City Rollers, National Wheelchair Basketball Association, 1st String Power Forward. James won the Master's Division Wheelchair Class Reuco marathon in 1987. He loved fishing and camping and played Bodhran in Mixed up Strings. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Williard and Louella; son, John Ellison; sisters, Dorothy, Barbara and Josephine. He is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie Ellison; son, Kenneth (Connie); daughter, Melissa (Matt) Turner; grandchildren, Joshua (Nancy), Jeremy (Katie) Ellison, Matthew Turner; great-grandchildren, Tony and Holly Ellison; and sister, JoAnn (Rick) Hood. 

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the Schlup-Pucak Funeral Chapel, 788 Kenmore Blvd., Akron, Ohio where Mt. Akra #680 will conduct a Masonic Service at 3:45 p.m. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, November 18, 2013 at the Funeral Home with Rev. James A. Ellison officiating. Burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. For those that wish, memorial contributions may be made to Summa Palliative Care, 444 N. Main St., Akron, OH 44310. 


Remembering Jim by Brenda Ferguson (Akron Post-Polio Support Group)


Jim's compassion and love was constantly a part of who he was....always wanting to help people, especially those with a disability, particularly polio.  He worked tirelessly to advance anything involved with ADA wherever he went - locally and borders beyond.  He was known for his "handyman" approach to whatever mechanical problem a person had and wouldn't give up until it was resolved.  You could always find him fixing wheelchairs, parts and pieces to medical equipment, ramps, etc.  He centered on these types of challenges because he knew he had to find a way to solve the problems to make a difference for a person in need.  Jim's memory will always be in my heart, as his kindness and gentleness to be there for others made him the very special person he was.

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