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James Rosario Montagna, Jr.
  • June 19, 1955
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  • March 05, 2023

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James Rosario Montagna, Jr., passed away at the age of 67 on March 5, 2023, in Eustis, Florida with family at his side.

Jim was born on June 19, 1955, in Penns Grove, New Jersey to Florence Lorraine (Yetko) Montagna and James Rosario Montagna, Sr. He was a loving son who enjoyed spending time with his beloved “Ma” and working side-by-side with his “Pop” prior to their deaths.

Jim discovered his passion for mechanics at a young age. He loved to tinker with machines, taking them apart and putting them back together with ease. As he grew older and worked with his father at his family-owned auto repair, he honed his skills and became a gifted mechanic.

Jim was also an entrepreneur at heart and operated several businesses over the course of his career. For most of his life, he owned and operated Montagna’s Automotive Repair in Carney’s Point, New Jersey. Customers, friends, and family could always count on expert repairs while sharing a laugh with Jim at his shop.

In the 1990’s, Jim was the owner-operator of Mavericks Bar & Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  With his mom, Florence, by his side, they could be found serving food and drinks to the club’s members. Jim especially enjoyed hosting thousands of visitors during the annual Bike Week with elaborate events, themed menus, and musical entertainment.

In addition to his passion for mechanics and business, Jim was a train enthusiast. Early in his career, Jim also worked as a locomotive mechanic at Delpro Co and remained a lifelong lover of trains.  He enjoyed collecting toy trains and constructing model towns in which they could operate.

In more recent years, Jim made his home in Florida, working for Advance Auto Parts in Eustis and Eduardo’s Lokos Tacos in Tavares.

Jim also had a deep love of music and a talent for creating beautiful, hand-painted ceramics. He will be remembered for his distinctive sense of humor; his friends and family will miss sharing a laugh with Jim.

Jim is survived by his daughter Carmel (Chuck) Anerino of Wilmington, DE; his son James J. (Rebecca) Montagna of Spring, TX and Newark, DE;  grandchildren Dominic, Luca, Max, Annalise; and many wonderful friends whom he loved as family.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to a favorite charity.

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  1. Carmela says:
    19 Mar 2023
    Jim, Deep peace of the shining stars to you. Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. You will be remembered always with Love, Carmela

  2. Carmela says:
    19 Mar 2023
    Jim, Deep peace of the shining stars to you. Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. You will be remembered with love. Carmela

  3. Erin Brumbaugh says:
    18 Mar 2023
    Jim was the person who trained me back when I got a job at advance auto parts in Eustis Florida. From day one he was very generous, humorous and protective. We worked together a couple days a week and he was always in good spirits which made it really easy to pass the time waiting for delivery orders. I saw him maybe once or twice a month after I left that position, as he would deliver parts to our family owned car business and we always had a chat to catch up. He was very encouraging as I was taking a real estate course and always asked how it was going and reminded me to keep going and not give up. I’ll be forever grateful for my experience working with Jim and being able to laugh and share stories with him <3 May God Rest his soul.

  4. the Lewis family says:
    17 Mar 2023
    To the Montagna family, our Deepest Condolences. Our Prayers are with you and all the friends of the family.

  5. Frances Curriden says:
    17 Mar 2023
    Prayers to family and friends .
    Jim was the best mechanic and friend ever . The world has loss a good man with a fabulous sense of humor . I will sorely miss our phone calls . God Bless you Jim .

  6. Frances Curriden says:
    17 Mar 2023
    Oh such a loss ! My prayers to the family and friends . Best mechanic I’ve ever encountered in my life , and his humor was immeasurable . Jim , you will be leaving an empty place in my heart . As always … Dee .

  7. Larry Tyson says:
    16 Mar 2023
    I worked with Jim and he was like a father to me he was a great man you always knew where you stood with him a great friend that I will miss dearly

  8. Reanna Ramos says:
    16 Mar 2023
    He was such a great friend and wonderful person!!! His heart was made of gold and he will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace my dear friend. Thank you for all you did for us.

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