James Carr, age 82, of Aurora passed away Friday, January 20, 2017. Beloved husband of Mildred "Millie" Carr, loving father, grandfather and brother. Jim was born in Coshocton, Ohio on March 6, 1934. He graduated from Coshocton High School in 1952. Jim was awarded a scholarship to Fenn College in Cleveland.

His first exposure to the flooring business was a job with Dewees and Roper Flooring as a salesman. Jim joined the Gellin Company in 1964. This was a larger company with more focus on wood floors. Jim expanded his knowledge of wood and soon found his niche, gymnasium floors, racquetball courts and dance floors. In 1979, Frank Novak & Sons approached Jim about creating a flooring division that would allow them to cover a wider expanse of interior trades. That became the Flooring Specialties Division of Frank Novak & Sons headed by Division Manager, James B. Carr. Jim completed projects in The Cleveland Institute of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, PBS Station WVIZ, Kenyon College, the renovation at the Cleveland Art Museum and many schools, recreation centers, hospital facilities, numerous churches, and so on.

Jim welcomed the challenge of specialty flooring. High-end residential floors were also his forte. Jim served as a past President of the Wood and Synthetic Floor Institute as well as a past president of the Bedford Kiwanis, past Lt. Governor of Kiwanis International and was an avid golver.

Friends will be received for a memorial gathering 3-7 PM Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at JOHNSON-ROMITO FUNERAL HOME, 19 EAST MAIN STREET, HUDSON, OH. A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday at Rejoice Lutheran Church, 7855 Stow Road, Hudson, OH 44236 where a reception will follow the service. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the church. 
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