John B. Amato

March 29, 1965 ‒ October 13, 2016

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

John B. Amato, age 51 of Delaware passed away unexpectedly Thursday, October 13, 2016 at home.

He was born on March 29, 1965 in Delaware to Carmel M. and Marialyce (Hartsough) Amato. John was a graduate of Delaware Hayes High School in 1981. He first worked with the Flexible Corp. as a painter and then was self-employed as an auto body repairman, for the last several years worked as a safety engineer with Cushman Wakefield in Delaware.

A true outdoors man, it was there where John was the happiest with a fishing pole or gun in hand hunting deer and turkey. Fun loving and a jokester, he was genuine to his core with a happy go lucky personality. John was also a member of St. Mary Church in Delaware. In addition to the outdoors, John treasured time spending with his kids.

Tragically both his parents, 14 year old daughter Amy M. Amato, 5 year old daughter Carly L. Amato, and niece Erica M. Amato all died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident July of 2000. He was also preceded in death by an infant child.  Needless to say through it all even though John’s heart was large, it was heavy.

He is survived by his children: Toni M. Cochenour of Delaware, Carmel and Chance Amato, Jonathan Amato, 2 granddaughters, siblings: Greg (Amy) Amato of Santa Monica, CA, Elaine Amato of Delaware, Tom (Susi) Amato, and his twin brother Joseph (Crissy) Amato all of Delaware as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Friends may call 2-5 p.m. on Sunday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. (formerly 1510 W. William St.) Delaware. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Church, 82 E. William St., Delaware, Rev. Michael Watson Celebrant, and burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery next to his daughters.

Condolences may be expressed at


  • John, you will forever be missed by your family and friends. We all love you so very much. Rest in Peace Dear One……Your Aunt Dottie and Family.

  • Joe and Chris our hearts are heavy for you and your family. Our deepest condolences and prayers for strength and peace.

  • John brought a lot of humor and life to the engineering crew at the Citi Data Center. He will be greatly missed, and we will cherish the memories we have with him! John was not just a coworker to us, but he was like family and friend to many of us. We hope to see him again one day!

  • Thoughts and prayers to all the hearts that John has touched. Thinking of you with hugs and love Toni, DeeDee family and friends

  • Dear Amato family, So sorry for your sudden and tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • John was an awesome guy that i had the pleasure of calling him my friend. I will always remember the crazy memories we had when we were younger. Could always make us laugh. Always smiling. We be dearly missed. My heart n prayers go out to his family

  • To my buddy Tommy, I send love and the peace of Jesus to comfort you. Unfortunately, I did not know your brother, John. From the posts he must have been well-loved.
    Prayers to the immediate family and love to all,
    -Beth Trigg

  • Thinking of you tonight…I close my eyes and let my mind go back to better days. I have nothing but good memories with you growing up. You were always there for me, I looked up to you… I’m sorry I never told you this face to face.
    I love you man

  • Amato family you are all in our thoughts and prayers during your time of need. May God give you comfort and peace.

  • So hard to understand why someone so young leaves us so soon. I have lots of good childhood memories of John growing up on the eastside with him. I babysat for him when he was little. A few years back I was at his house and as the obit stated he was a true outdoors man. He showed me his all his deer & etc mounts he was so very proud of them. I am so sorry for the family’s loss. I pray for strength for the family especially for Joe. I pray for healing of your broken heart of loosing your twin.
    RIP John you will be missed.
    Julie (Welch) Marshall

  • We were never supposed to experience the pain that the Amato family is now. I’m so sorry for your loss, and can sympathize with the grief that has come over you at this time. Please remember that there is hope for our dead loved ones. It is a promise from God, and he always keeps his promises. (Acts 24:15). Please draw strength from our God, the God of all comfort at this time (2 Cor.1:3), and please accept my deep condolences for your loss.

  • So sorry to hear about the loss of another member of the Amato family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • To the Amato family we were so sorry to hear about the loss of John but I know he’s in heaven with your mom and dad should John you rest in peace and Joe and family if you need anything please give us a call will be there to help you

  • You were always one to make me smile! I loved everything about you! The world will be a much sadder place without you my friend. Go sit high on that mountain, till we meet again my buddy. Love and kisses Johnnie boy! Will think of you often.


  • Joe,Cris and family.I pray that God wraps his Heavenly arms around you and your family in this time of loss.Love,hugs from the Decker family❤

  • To my longtime friend John we celebrated so many birthdays together.. I will never forget rest in peace and God bless your family.

  • There are NO words to express our sadness, our broken hearts, our shock……John, you were one of those people who you just NEVER could picture losing. We just thought you would always be there. Mikey is so distraught, so we really need you to shower us with signs that everything is gonna be ok. Maverick and Goose were inseperable…Those were the perfect nicknames for you two. We can just imagine your sweet smile when you were reunited with your baby girls. They must have needed you more than us. Our hearts are forever missing a piece. We love you more than words could ever say.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing! My thoughts and prayers are with the Amoto family! Lots of fun/good memories growing up with John & Joe on the East side!! John will forever be missed!!

  • So very sad to hear of John’s passing. Hadn’t seen him for quite a while but have such fond memories of growing up with him on the East side and attending school together. He was such a funny guy. I will always treasure my memories of him making us all laugh. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Amato family at this very sad time. God Bless. RIP John. You will truly be missed.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God give you the comfort only He can give. Fond memories of growing up on the East side with John and Joe. In grade school we would run across the playground as the “Mod Squad” as the beginning of the show portrayed. I remember coming to your house as our mothers made cupcakes for a Halloween party at Conger. Rest in peace John.

  • My condolences to the entire Amato family. John was such a fun loving person who always brought a happiness to a room when he walked in. Such a great guy gone way to soon. RIP John you will be deeply missed

  • John you was like a son to us growing up R.I.P. my dear friend. We will miss you forever. We love you. People who came in contact with you was blessed with your friendship.

  • The Amato family has had to endure so much heartache over the years. And John ever so much. It’s hard to understand. We wish the family strength through this difficult time. Please know we care. Sadly with hugs, Connie and Dave Curry

  • Praying for all of you as you say goodbye to John today. I am so sorry for your loss. John lived across the street from us. He was not only a good neighbor but we considered him a friend. He was always so pleasant and friendly to talk to. We will miss seeing him outside with his children and tinkering around in his yard. God Bless all of you and I will continue to pray for you to feel God”s presence during this time of mourning.

  • My family and I send our sincere condolences to you for your recent loss. My heart aches with you. I did not know John, and from the warm expressions from those who did, it is clearly my loss. Though words may not soothe your pain, may knowing that those who care and share your grief are praying for your continued strength, courage and endurance, help you to get through this difficult time. Psalm 62:6-8

  • Worked with John at Flexible and D M I distribution that smile was one you would never forget he always had a good sense of humor so sorry to thE family for their tragic loss God be with you all!

  • to my favorite uncle john…im going 2 miss u sooo much:0( u were always there 4 me & i could tell u anything & everything! u were one of a kind! i will remember all the good times we had..when ever i would talk 2 u or see u-no matter what kind of mood i was in, u always made me laugh & smile:0) john-it will never be the same with out u!! i think about u every single day..u are truly going 2 be missed..i dont understand why it has 2 happen 2 the best of them..u were so outgoing & happy! i love u so much-my heart is broken into a million pieces! u blessed me with an american bulldog (boy) & now u gave me an old english bulldog! u blessed my mom with an american bulldog (girl) name dalila! u were always so kind & generous!