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James Joseph Granato

1944 - 2021



James Joseph Granato, 76, of Franklin, NC, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021.  James was born September 16, 1944 in Trieste, Italy to the late Francesco Granato and Lidia Fratte.  Mr. Granato was retired after 30 years from Illinois Bell Phone Company.  He loved the mountains, and loved to cook; he was a member of Knights of Columbus and a Catholic by faith.

He is survived by his daughters, Lora Morrison (Sean) and Lisa Vines (Michael); three sisters, Aussunta Granato (Vittorio Pignatelli), Marisa Granato (Enzo Parisi) and Stella Granato ( Giovanni Caliendo); six grandchildren, Lauren Klier, Faith Klier, Alexander Vines, Nathan Vines, Madison Morrison and Natalie Morrison.

No services are planned at this time.

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Donald powell

June 24, 2021 7:30 PM

I worked with jim at the hospital in clayton ga at mountain lakes medical center im so sad to hear of his passing..

Beverly Carini

April 24, 2021 5:31 PM

I am honored to have known Jimmy for the 7.5 years I have been in Franklin, NC.  You made so many hikers happy with your linguistic skills and your Trail Magic!  We other Shuttle Drivers have come to miss you as your shuttling decreased recently.  You were always dependable and honest.  

You did so much through your contacts at the Rabun Nacoochee School in Rabun, GA where you cooked for them, helped some through homesickness by speaking with them in their native language.  The lapidary equipment you donated, I'm sure, has helped students learn to appreciate many kinds of rocks and how to process them to uncover their beauty.  The many students you safely took to and from Atlanta Airport enjoyed the benefit of your language skills.  

Your helpfulness at Mulberry United Methodist with special meals helped the church grow.  You are being missed by those who came to know you during the monthly Sat. morning Breakfasts at Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church.

I am so glad you are once again with your beloved wife, as well as being in the presence of God.

Until we meet again, I remain your friend, Beverly Carini

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April 22, 2021 4:30 PM
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