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MONTANARO, JOHN FRANK III, 19, returned to The Loving Arms of Our Father on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. He was at home, surrounded by his loving family. He is the son of John Frank and Deborah Marie (Bossian), the younger brother of Lenore Marie and older brother of Jason Leon, all of North Kingstown, RI. John was an avid sports enthusiast. In addition to being a state-certified soccer referee, John played soccer, basketball, and baseball. One of his favorite moments was the time when he successfully completed the "hidden ball trick" as the first baseman during a playoff game for his town baseball team. He also completed this feat during a regular season game during the same season. Another accomplishment that John was especially proud of was being part of the North Kingstown Junior Varsity Soccer Team. He tried-out for this high school team, which included grueling "two-a-days": practicing twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. He did this while he was in active treatment against leukemia. He played in the final game of the season against Hendricken and was only inches from scoring a goal. Additionally, John enjoyed filming the North Kingstown Hockey Team for Coach Keith Higgins. John was a graduate of North Kingstown High School, Class of 2009, where he consistently earned academic honors. His class rank was 40 out of 397 students. He was exceedingly proud of his Senior Project, which included fundraising for our local animal hospital. Through his fundraising efforts, John was able to help save 12 pets. This hospital awarded John with its Veterinary Oncology Humanitarian Award for 2009. John was a student at Providence College. He was majoring in Secondary Education and Math, hoping to one day become a high school math teacher. He was a member of the Music Ministry Choir. Also, he captained a team for last year's Relay for Life, calling the team, Power of Prayer. He was a loyal fan of the New York Yankees, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the New York Knicks. Often taking a lot of chiding for his choice in teams, John used sports as a way to make connections with people. He especially enjoyed playfully bantering with his many friends who were Red Sox fans! In addition to his immediate family, John is survived by his grandparents, John F. Montanaro of Cranston and Marie (Badessa) Bossian of East Greenwich. Great grandson of Joseph Montanaro of Warwick and Mary Creamer of Warwick. Grandson of the late Lenore (Sylven) Montanaro and John L. Bossian Sr. Great Grandson of the late Tina Montanaro and Roland Sylven. Also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. His funeral will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. from the Nardolillo Funeral Home & Crematory SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL, 1111 Boston Neck Rd (RT. 1A), Narragansett, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church, 1525 Cranston Street, Cranston at 12:00 noon. VISITING HOURS Friday 4-8pm. Entombment will be in Mother of Hope Mausoleum, St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Ocean State Veterinary Specialist, Attention: The John Montanaro Fund, 1480 South County Trail, East Greenwich, RI 02818-1627
Published in The Providence Journal on Apr. 28, 2011
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