James "Jim" Pregno, 73, of Montgomery, passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Jim was born in Spangler, Pennsylvania on August 17, 1939. After the death of his parents, he moved with family to Erie, Pennsylvania in 1948 where he was raised by his maternal aunt Christine and her husband Albert Gaydos. He graduated from St. John Elementary School and Erie Technical High School where he made lifelong friendships. His service in the United States Air Force brought him to Montgomery where he would live out the rest of his life.
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Jim Pregno owned & managed Pregno Firestone for 26 years before retiring. He was a proud father & grandfather who loved his family and also loved watching his grandchildren play sports. He was a generous man who had a passion for hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors with good friends. He also enjoyed working with animals, especially hunting dogs & horses.
He is survived by his fiancé', Linda Duncan; a sister, Sister Carol Pregno OLC; three children - Renae Borrelli (and husband, Angelo), Deena Pregno, & Scott Pregno; five grandchildren - Gage Pregno, Angela Borrelli, James Borrelli, Frank Borrelli & Matt Borrelli; and the Gaydos family's Dennis Gaydos and Cheryl (and husband, James) Dyer and many cousins.
Visitation is scheduled for Monday, February, 25th from 5-7 p.m. at Leak Memory Chapel, 945 Lincoln Road, Montgomery, AL.
Funeral service will follow on Tuesday, February 26th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3870 Atlanta Hwy. in Montgomery.
Pallbearers are Rick Young, Bill Bethea, Hoyt Henley, Jr., Sammy Stroh, Brian Spear, Jeff Maddox, Matthew Borrelli, Gage Pregno & Honorary Pallbearer is Ted Kemsel.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, PO Box 340, Carrollton, OH 44615.
Online condolences may be made at www.leak-mc.com
Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Feb. 24, 2013