Jim Mix, Sterling Jewelers Veteran, 71

James Doran (“Jim”) Mix, a veteran Sterling Jewelers executive, passed away April 8, 2007, in Cleveland, following a year long battle with multiple myeloma. He was 71.

Mix’s career spanned 27 years with Sterling. He served in virtually every district in the country as vice president of Regional Operations. He began his career with Sterling in 1980 as vice president of Store Operations.

“Although he impacted Sterling’s Home Office in so many ways, his loss will certainly be felt around the country,” the company said in a statement.

“Jim was the definitive team player,” said Mark Light, Sterling president and chief executive officer. “He contributed significantly to the development of many Sterling team members throughout his career. Jim’s dedication and commitment will be greatly missed.”

Prior to entering the jewelry industry, Mix had a distinguished military career. After graduating from John Carroll University, Cleveland, he served a year of active duty in the U.S. Army Reserves and a decade more as a volunteer reservist. He attained the rank of captain and commanded the Combat Engineer Company of the U.S. Army Transportation Corps.

Mix was also actively involved in the community, serving at times as a board member of various organizations. An avid gardener, traveler, and devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Mix was happiest when spending time in the outdoors with his family, Sterling Jewelers said in its statement.

He is survived by his wife, Gail; sister, Polly (Roger) Watts; children, James R., David S., Daniel M., Susan Jones, Robert W. (Sandra), Polly M., Doran S., and Monica C.; and his ten grandchildren.

“Sterling Jewelers sends its deepest sympathies to Jim’s wife, Gail, their children and grandchildren,” the company said.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th floor, Norwalk, Conn. 06851 or to Montana DeLuz (Hospice for HIV Orphans in Honduras) 815 North High Street, Suite GG, Columbus, OH 43215.

Information from the Akron Beacon Journal contributed to this story.