James F. Merchant, 47, a resident of St. Joseph's Center since 1977, died Thursday early morning at Regional Hospital of Scranton.
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Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Fran Martin of Vero Beach, Fla., and the late James Merchant. In addition to his mother, James is survived by his stepfather, Terrence Martin; a sister, Sherri Ritto; nieces, Toni Ann, Lauren and Carly; nephews, Paul and Kyle Ritto; grandnieces and grandnephews, all of Vero Beach; an aunt, Beth; and uncles, David and Anthony Formica; his devoted and loving caregivers at St. Joseph's Center.
He was also preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Ella Mae Doneker; and maternal grandparents, Francis and Cathryn Formica.
Jimmy will always be remembered for his sweet disposition, his smile and his love of food and maracas.
A memorial service will be held at St. Joseph's Center on Tuesday Jan. 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Cognetti Room. Additional services will be held in Florida.
Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St., Scranton. To send the family an online condolence, please visit www.vanstonandjames.com. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center 2010 Adams Ave Scranton, PA 18509.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 20, 2013