June 21, 2024

James Anthony Pellegrino, 80, of Chester

James Anthony Pellegrino, 80, of Chester

James Anthony Pellegrino, 80, of Chester, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021.   He was born October 22, 1940, in Boston, Massachusetts. James is preceded in death by his Sicilian parents, Rose (Ravida) and Salvatore Pellegrino. He is also preceded in death by his first wife, Gertrude (Linthicum) Pellegrino; and his second wife, Mary (Krackomberger) Pellegrino. 

He is survived by his blended family of children: Daughters, Gina (Chris) Pines, Maria (James) Leamond, Melissa (Victor) Van Meter and son, Adam Wolfe (Andrea). He had six grandchildren, Adam Pines, Alex (Pines) Johnson, Nathan Leamond, Emily Van Meter, Carson Van Meter and Amelia Wolfe. He also had one great-grandchild, Tifa Johnson. 

James should be most remembered for how well he loved his family and friends. He was a witty, generous and entertaining character and left an impression on everyone who ever met him. As a youth he was both a dutiful alter boy and boy scout. As a young man James joined the United States Navy and proudly served aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid (now a museum in NYC) and toured the Mediterranean.  He spent most if his life in the high-end in restaurant business in Miami and throughout the southern Florida. James was an avid fisherman and woodworker. 

The family wishes to thank Heather Starr and Diana Bissel for their assistance with his care in the final weeks of his life. 

A brief service, followed by the viewing (as James wishes were to be cremated) will be held at the Bethel Worship Center on Monday, April 5 beginning at 6 p.m.