James Cassidy Obituary

James “Jim” Cassidy, 76, of Stevensville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at his home, holding hands with his wife, Judy, and after loving visits with children, grandchildren, and Pastor Andy Hannich.

Jim was an active member of the Washington Avenue Church of God, where a private memorial is planned with family members. Regrettably, due to Covid, a public memorial celebration will not be held at this time. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Berrien County Victim Services Unit 811 Port Street 2nd Floor St. Joseph, MI 49085. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services.

Jim was born at St. Anthony's hospital, in Michigan City, Indiana, on November 28, 1944, the son of Hugh and Ruth (Ferguson) Cassidy. Jim's great-grandfather, John from Ireland, settled in Michigan City, building his own home, in 1907. He graduated from Michigan City High School in 1961. While in high school, Jim played the saxophone in a jazz band, and painted murals for his senior prom. His creativity would be expressed throughout his lifetime, particularly with drawings and paintings, though it could be seen in everything he did. On November 21, 1975, he married Judy Washburne in Benton Harbor. Jim was a hard worked and enjoyed his work life and colleagues, which mostly involved some form of creative and collaborative sales. Jim enjoyed his clients; he could be trusted to keep their best interests at heart. His work at WSJM included the development of Wedding World and an on-air shopping show. Jim also worked in radio as a sales manager for WHFB. In addition, for many years Jim and Tom Ahearn owned a local barter business. Jim participated in numerous volunteer activities, including Blossomtime, Lest we forget, The Exchange Club, Victim Services, and efforts to procure a firefighter's simulator.

Jim was a beloved and devoted friend and family member. He is survived by his wife, Judy Cassidy; step-children, Matthew and Wendy Piepenburg: grandchildren, Maelle Piepenburg, Andreas Piepenburg, Makela Lynn, Holly Cassidy and Evan Cassidy; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bruce Washburne and Maggie Washburne. His son, Lee Cassidy, his parents, and his stepfather, William Reynolds, preceded Jim in death.