James J. Pritz, 86, of New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully at the Inn at Northwood in Dover on Saturday evening, April 21, 2018.

Born in Akron on October 14, 1931, he was the son of the late Joseph F. Ada I. (Wolfe) Pritz. After graduating from New Philadelphia High School in 1949, he continued his formal education at Kent State University. There, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1956.

Jim served his country in the United States Navy for four years prior to beginning his successful professional career in the automotive sales. In 1962, Jim established the first Honda bike franchise and later the first Honda auto dealership in the area, known as Pennland Honda. He retired in 1991, having owned and operated Jim Pritz Ford in Uhrichsville.

Jim served on the Board of Education for New Philadelphia schools for 12 years and was also a member of the Rotary Club.

He is survived by his sons, Louis J. (Lisa) Pritz of Plantation, Florida, and Kenneth J. Pritz of New Philadelphia; his grandchildren, Jared M. Pritz, Kyle L. Pritz, Tiffany (Keith) Pritz Tantarelli, Joseph R. (fiancé, Nicole and her daughter, Gwen) Pritz, Seth J. Pritz, and Kenneth A. Pritz; and his former wife and loving caregiver, Margaret J. “Peggy” Pritz Trolio of New Philadelphia; great-grandchildren, Ava Tantarelli, Hayden Pritz, and Owen Tantarelli; and former daughter-in-law, Amy J. Pritz.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Charles F. Pritz.

A memorial service celebrating Jim’s life will be held in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia on Thursday, April 26, 2018 beginning at 11 a.m. with Rev. Hugh B. Berry officiating.

Memorial contributions in Jim’s memory may be directed to the Tuscarawas County Humane Society, 1432 Tall Timber Rd NE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 or Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Dr., Suite E, Green, Ohio 44685.

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