James (Jim) A. Samuels, beloved life partner of Ofelia Bernstein. Treasured son of the late Myron and Hildreth Samuels and brother of Arlene (Steven) West. Adored uncle of Allison (Max) Avner and Eric West, and great-uncle of Hank Avner. 

Services were held Aug. 2 at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood. Interment was at Mount Olive Cemetery.

Jim had an extraordinary ability to create strong and lasting friendships. He devoted his life to tikkun olam – repairing our world and our community – through his profound leadership of organizations too numerous to list.

Friends can help preserve his legacy by contributing to the newly-created James A. Samuels Social Action Fund to support social action programming at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple (