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NORTH CANTON – Edward J. Largent Jr., 78, passed away Monday, May 5, 2014, at Aultman Hospital.

He was born in Waukegan, Ill., Feb. 8, 1936, to the late Edward Sr. and Katherine Largent.

He was a graduate of Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill., and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.

Edward then went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from The Ohio State University, his Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition from The Ohio State University. He retired from Youngstown State University following 34 years as a music professor.

Edward’s passion was composing and performing music. He was also an accomplished pianist. He volunteered as the piano player for choir programs at Orchard Hill Elementary School in North Canton.

He will be remembered as a loving and caring father and grandfather.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Jackson Largent.

Survivors include his two sons, Edward J. (Jacque) Largent III and Jonathan Richard (Tina) Largent; grandchildren Chelsea Largent, Amanda (Ben) Nida, E.J. (Sarah) Largent IV, Lindsay and Jonathan; his sister, Katie (Peter Dickinson) Largent; and his brother, Jorg Richard Largent.

Friends may pay their respects to the family on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman. A brief remembrance service will be held at 12:30 p.m..

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Edward’s memory to support the music program at Lake Forest Academy. Please make memorial gifts payable to Lake Forest Academy and mail to: Lake Forest Academy, 1500 W. Kennedy Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045, or gifts may be made online at www.lfanet.org/give

Those wishing to sign the online guestbook may visit the Reed Funeral Home website at www.reedfuneralhome.com to send condolences or share a fond memory.

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