SEBRING, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – James Dale Cameron, 88, passed away at Canterbury Villa in Alliance on Saturday, April 22, 2023.

James was born in Sebring, Ohio on November 15, 1934 to the late Donald and Ruth Ann Cameron and lived in Sebring all of his life.

In his youth, James played American Legion and Hot Stove League baseball and played softball under the lights at Sebring stadium. He played drums in the band and graduated in 1952 from Sebring McKinley High School.

James worked part time during high school at various Sebring potteries and full time at Royal China after graduation.

He was a member of the Ohio Army National Guard where he began participating in competitive pistol shooting, winning several state matches and a trophy at the national matches in Camp Perry, Ohio. His pistol shooting had to end when he was required to wear trifocal glasses.

James worked at Babcock and Wilcox Tubular Products in Alliance, Ohio for ten years as a timekeeper. When General Motors opened their new plant in Lordstown, Ohio he began working there in time study. After 22 years with GM, his last project was “salary manpower reduction”. He joked that the last person reduced was himself which led to his retirement at 55 years old.

After a lifelong interest in aviation (for a number of years he held a private pilot’s license), he joined the MAPS Military Air Museum in Canton, Ohio where he rose to the position of curator and retired from that position after 20 years.

James was a man of many interests. He was a fly fisherman from age 12 to the present, built model planes and cars all of his life, owned several sports cars and muscle cars throughout the years, played golf (and lost a lot of balls), was a militaria and stamp collector and sold on eBay for a number of years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Mary Ann (Papadeonise), whom he married on February 20, 1954; his daughter, Lynn Ann Sullivan of Alliance and granddog, Abbie.

Besides his parents, James was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Paul Sullivan.

At James and the family’s request, he will be cremated and there will be no calling hours or memorial service.

Arrangements handled by Gednetz-Ruzek-Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Service. You may sign the guest register online at

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A television tribute will air Tuesday, April 25 at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV. Video will be posted here the day of airing.