Jim Paratore

March 01, 1921 ‒ September 23, 2017

Marion, Ohio

James Vincent Paratore, 96, of Marion Ohio, passed away Saturday September 23, 2017 at his home, surrounded by family.

He was born March 1, 1921 in Sinagra Sicily to Leone and Josephine Taranova Paratore. After the death of his mother in 1927, James came to live in the United States at the age of 8 with his father, step-mother Concetta, brothers and sister.  Jim was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in East Chicago Indiana where he excelled in scholastics and sports, and was inducted into the Indiana High School Wrestlers Hall of Fame. He was Wrestling State Champ in Indiana in 1939 in the 165 lb weight class.

Jim served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corps, and later in the US Naval Reserve.

He earned a degree in electrical engineering at Purdue University and was a valued member of their varsity wrestling team. He retired from the Ohio Edison Company in Akron Ohio as an electrical engineer.

He was married to the late Evelyn Hall and they had seven children together. He married Helen Plotner Robbins in Marion Ohio in 1983 and they were married 33 years when she passed away in 2016.

Jim was an avid golfer with five lifetime hole in ones. He enjoyed golfing in Akron Ohio and at their winter home in Naples, Florida and in Marion, Ohio and golfed and worked out at the Marion YMCA until he was in his 90s. He enjoyed cooking and eating his native Italian food.

Surviving him are his children: Deborah Paratore, California, Andrea (Andrew) Borowiec, Akron Ohio, David Paratore, Texas, Ronald Paratore, Akron, Ohio, Patricia Paratore, Virginia, Left to miss him are his other children and their families: Bill (Claire) Robbins, Gahanna Ohio,  Judi Olsen, Noblesville, IN,  Bob (Dorothy) Robbins, Westerville OH, Kathy (Steve) Brammer, Marion,  Phil (Carolyn) Robbins, Marion, Patti Culp (Lonnie Cox), Marion,  Maureen (Jeff) Diehl, Marion,  Janet (John) Taylor, Marion,  Donna (Dave) Freese, Monroe MI,  Debbie (Stan) Kennard, Ann Arbor MI, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Also survived by his brother Joseph (Midge) Paratore, Haymarket, VA, and sister-in-law Rose Paratore, Schererville, Indiana.

Preceding him in death were his sons Vincent and Martin Paratore, and brother Sam, and sister Jennie.

Jim was a devout member of St. Mary’s Church in Marion Ohio.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main St., Marion, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 10:30am, calling hours will be held at the church one hour prior to the funeral; Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Mary School or Ohio Health Hospice in Jim Paratore’s name.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Paratore family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Our prayers go out to Jim’s entire family. He was loved by many. May he rest in peace.

    Don & Barb Everly

  • Jim was a very fine man and a true gentleman. He was married to my Aunt Helen and enriched her life in many ways.

  • We, Richard & Shirley are saddened by the loss of one so dear.

    Uncle Jim was a special person in Richard’s & my life as well as our entire family.

    Our sincerest condolences to Uncle Jim’s special family.
    May he rest in peace.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Richard & Shirley Pullo& family

  • Jim,
    May you be wrapped in the loving arms of Christ for all eternity as you join your other loved ones in heaven.

    Comfort, peace and sympathy to all the family.

    Until we meet again, Jim.

    Much love and prayers.

    Your brother Joe & Midge Paratore & Family.

  • I loved my Grandfather very much,and I felt he and I always had a special bond. I will always remember him as a great man. Thank you all for contributing to this wonderful remembrance and obituary.

  • It saddens me to hear of Jim’s passing; my heart goes out to his family and friends. He was always very kind to me even long after his son and I divorced, he always referred to himself as “Dad” when we spoke by phone or in written correspondence.

    I have very fond memories of Dad and his delicious homemade Spaghetti dinners. I imagine you were joyously reunited with Helen, Vince & Marty. Love to Dad, Rest in peace.