James A. Dudash 1969-2020

YOUNGSTOWN — “Forget your trouble, your sorrows, your sickness, and weakness and dance!” Words expressed and embraced by Jim Dudash, 51, who passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, Oct. 20, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

During his life Jim earned his M.A. in English and was a professor at Youngstown State University, music director at Montessori School of Mahoning Valley, and creative writer; he thrived on continuous learning.

Jim brought a smile, warmth, love and acceptance to everyone he met. He was passionate in his pursuit of music and teaching his entire life. As a respected figure in the Youngstown music scene, his musical talents included producing, piano, keyboard and singing, among others. Jim played solo at endless venues, family gatherings and was part of several bands: Rainbow Tribe, The Johnsons and Outbored Motors, to name a few. He welcomed everyone into his home and shared unconditionally. Jim talked endlessly about his love for and friendship with his son, Aidan. The birth of his granddaughter, Cleo, in July, “the light of his eyes,” sent Jim’s pride and spirit to unbelievable heights.

Jim was born May 26, 1969, in Youngstown, a son of John and Mary Huda Dudash. He was a 1987 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School and received his master’s degree from YSU.

Jim is survived by his mother, Mary; son, Aidan (Nadia Wyllie) Dudash; siblings, Jack (Tricia) Dudash, Dave (Peggy) Dudash, Trish (Joe) Nista, Mick (Diane) Dudash, Marianne (Chuck) Vinopal, Joe Dudash, Sue (Ted) Gagianas and Carol (Tom) Clarke; and his grandaughter, Cleo Marina Dudash.

He was preceded in death by his father, John.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jim’s services were private and the family will have a celebration of Jim’s life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jim Dudash Memorial Fund (starting 10/27) at Premier Bank or to your local food bank.

Arrangements are by Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.

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