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Official Obituary of

James Micah Morgante

February 16, 2024

James Morgante Obituary

James Micah Morgante passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 16, 2024 at 37 years old.  He is predeceased by his grandparents, Carl Morgante, Eleanor Morgante and George Ringholz; uncle, George Michael Ringholz; aunt, Joy Morgante; and cousin, Dr. Alison (Carey) Waclawek.  He is survived by his wife Kalene Morgante; their 4 children, Ryder, Gianna, Gunnar and Asher; his mother, Mary Beth Morgante; his father, Kenny Morgante and fiancé Lori Mingoea; brothers, Jeremy (Liv), Joshua (Rachel) and Jared (Tiffany); mother and father-in-law, Tom and Yvonne Benson; sisters and brother-in-law Amity Decker, Jason (Karen) Walker, Nicole (Neil) Johnson; grandparents, Inez Ringholz and Grace Barlette; best friends, Trevor Warner, Rob Vulaj and Dave Culotta; and countless aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2024, 2:00 pm at Browncroft Community Church, 2530 Browncroft Rd, Rochester, NY 14625.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the GoFundMe in support of James’ wife and children:

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Jamie was one of a kind.  The youngest of 4 boys, he embodied the best traits of his parents and older brothers.  He was everyone’s favorite and the center of attention, yet remained humble.

Jamie was so cool.  He was the most stylish person and the best dancer anyone knew.  He modified snowmobiles for his kids so they could ride them year round, jumped RC cars off ramps, could fix anything, built his house, had a cigar humidor that stood taller than him, was a great cook, and of course, had the coolest cars.  At 16, Jamie’s tricked out Eclipse was his pride and joy.  Over the years, he added a Ferrari, Viper, NSX, R8, M5, Hummer and his last daily driver, a ’69 Hurst Olds.  

Jamie was as kind as he was cool.  He had a soft spot for animals.  His childhood cat was a rescue with a paralyzed leg that he called “Limpy”, who he took care of for over a decade.  He caught a chipmunk (we still don’t know how), cared for him as a pet, naming him, of course, “Chip.”  Jamie would sneak money into people’s pockets and was the first in line to make a generous donation to a worthy cause. He would drop whatever he was doing to help anyone in need.  It didn’t matter if he was close to them or not, whether they could pay him back or return the favor, Jamie loved to surprise people with acts of generosity, large and small.

Jamie was as hard working as he was kind.  He started working when he was 14 and joined the family car business in his 20’s.  Jamie led the rebrand of North Coast and the relaunch to a new location, always thinking about the customers first and working tirelessly to ensure a great experience.  After establishing the sales center, Jamie built a new service center from the ground up and managed that for the last 5 years. He always had a new business idea (and for the most part, they were actually good ideas!)

Jamie was as faithful as he was hard working.  He was a devout Christian with a strong and rooted faith.  Jamie loved to share his testimony with anyone, especially young people.  He volunteered at his church, loved to worship and lived his life with integrity.  We have comfort knowing that he is now in the arms of Jesus.

Jamie was as loving as he was faithful.  He only ever had eyes for one girl - his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Kalene.  They married when he was 25 years old.  Nothing and nobody brought him more joy.  Jamie loved to show Kalene off as much as he loved to stay-in and cook her dinner at home.  Everything he did was to impress her.  Over their 12 years of marriage, Jamie and Kay had 3 sons and 1 daughter.  Jamie was a wonderful, soft-hearted, fun, and affectionate father who filled their lives with memories of huge inflatables at birthday parties, snowmobiles and pulling them around in sleds, excavating their backyard for a playground, playing the piano by their side, watching proudly at flag football games and dance recitals, wrestling in the living room, and too many joys to count or name. 

There is no replacement for Jamie and he will be deeply missed.  With his contagiously generous life, Jamie made each of us, and our world, more cool, kind, hard working, faithful and loving. In doing so, he will never be truly gone. We know that we carry the best parts of Jamie in each of us. 

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Memorial Service
February 25, 2024

2:00 PM
Browncroft Community Church (Rochester, NY)


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