James Gorfido, 92, of Medina, passed away peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, September 1, 2014. The oldest of seven children, he was born in Cleveland on March 24, 1922, to the late Sam and Carmela (nee Galasso) Gorfido.
James was a United States Navy Veteran, where he proudly served as a cook and baker in Oakland, California, during World War II. Following his successful time in the Navy, his entrepreneurial spirit led him back to Medina, where he established himself as a respected contractor, developer, real estate broker, and realtor. He continued to pursue his dreams locally until he finally retired at the young age of 85!
He was an avid golfer, fisherman and he loved sports; especially Medina High School and the Cleveland Indians and Browns.
Above all else, James was a family man. His beloved wife of 47 years, Flo (nee Maitland, deceased); and love for his four children, Rick Gorfido (deceased), Cindy (Michael) Merz, Debbie Estes and Sammy (Tony) Gorfido, were his strength and inspiration. Known as the best Grandpa (GG), in the world he deeply loved and was equally cherished by his 10 grandchildren, Garth (Wendy) Sanginiti, Robyn (Matt) Watson, Nicole Gorfido, Joe (Keisha) Gorfido, John (Monica) Estes, Marcie (Eric) Henning, Jeff Gorfido, Tadd (Jillian) Gorfido, Rusty (Sarah) Estes and Jay Gorfido. He also loved and admired his 21 great-grandchildren, which brought him tremendous joy the final 18 years of his life. He had an infectious smile, a great sense of humor and both his children and grandchildren loved working with him on job sites. He had a special bond, friendship and deep love for Grace Zay who remained by his side the last 21 years. James was also a wonderful brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to everyone he met.
James was also preceded in death by his brother, Angie Gorfido; and sister, Marge Schmid.
Family will receive friends Friday, September 5, 2014 from 1 to 4 P.M. and from 6 to 8 P.M. at Waite and Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina. A funeral service will be held Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10 A.M., at the funeral home. Roy Lehman of First Baptist Church of Medina, will officiate a celebration of his life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude’s.
A special message from his surviving children:
Cindy: Dad, you are the best husband, father and grandfather anyone could ask for. We all love you and are in our hearts forever.
Debbie: You are a great and loving Dad.
Sammy: Love you Dad for all the good times in my life I had with you. I will miss calling every day. Dad, I love you and will see you some day.