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James "Jim" Lee Adornetto
December 5, 1937 ~ February 5, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
James L. Adornetto (Jimmy), a successful entrepreneur and friend to many, passed away peacefully on February 5th, 2024. He was a beloved member of the community and a devoted family man.
Jimmy was born on December 5th, 1937, and was raised in Zanesville, a city he held dear to his heart. Born to Italian-Sicilian immigrant parents Joseph Phillip and Catherine (Maniscalco), Jimmy embraced his heritage and cherished his cultural roots. He took great pride in his Italian heritage and shared it through his love for cooking and running his successful restaurants. Jimmy's journey in the food and beverage industry began at a young age, as his first home was the Wayne Cafe at 9th and Marietta. With an unwavering passion for culinary excellence and his penchant for entrepreneurship, he went on to achieve great success in the industry. From Adornetto's Pizzeria, established in 1958, to The Old Market House Inn, founded in 1974, and Giacomo's Bread and More in 1995, Jimmy left an indelible mark on the local restaurant scene. His commitment to providing exceptional dining experiences made him a well-respected figure in the community. Beyond his professional achievements, Jimmy will be remembered for his unwavering love and commitment to his family.
He cherished every moment spent with his son, Adrian, daughter-in-law, Erika and grandchildren, Jase Grandstaff, Gabriella Grandstaff, Enzo James Adornetto, and GiADÀ Catherine Adornetto. They were his pride and joy, and he instilled in them the same values of hard work, passion, and love for family. He is also survived by sister-in-law Linda Adornetto, many nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends. Jimmy was a lifelong parishioner of St. Thomas Aquinas and found solace and strength in his faith. Jimmy was a U.S. Army veteran, philanthropist, and an active member of the Zanesville community. His community service extended to organizations such as Zanesville Rotary, Downtown Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, United Way Campaign, and Zanesville Concert Association. Jimmy was incredibly proud to chair the first Zane's Trace Commemoration. His dedication to these causes earned him recognition, including the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, the Good Samaritan Foundation Bob and Delores Hope Award, and the Forever Dad's Tribute to Fatherhood - Class of 2018. Jimmy's love for Zanesville was evident in his involvement in various community initiatives and organizations. He was proud to contribute to the growth and development of the city he called home. His passion for his community was contagious, inspiring others to take pride in their surroundings. Jimmy will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched. His legacy will live on through his family and dedication to his community.
In addition to his mother and father, Jimmy was preceded in death by his fiancé, Jody Spencer, brothers Anthony V. and Alfred P. Adornetto, sister-in-law Karen Adornetto, several aunts and uncles including, Jo and Gene Marshall, and Mary and Bob Horn, and niece Elizabeth Adornetto.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 144 N. Fifth Street, Zanesville Ohio.
Friends may call 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM with Funeral mass celebrated at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 12, 2024 at the St. Mary Catholic Church, 6280 St. Marys Road, Nashport, Ohio with Fr. Martin Ralko as celebrant. Private Burial will conclude at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
The Bryan & Hardwick Funeral Home, 2318 Maple Ave. Zanesville is in charge of the arrangements. To share memories and condolences with Mr. Adornetto's family please click on the Tribute Wall link on this page. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held April 27th at Adornetto’s Restaurant. Details to be announced or go to www.Adornettos.com for details to come.
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Monday February 12, 2024 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM St. Mary's Catholic Church 6280 St. Mary's Rd. Nashport, OH 43830
Monday February 12, 2024 11:00 AM St. Mary's Catholic Church 6280 St. Mary's Rd. Nashport, OH 43830