In memory of
James A. Porcari Jr.
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In memory of
James A. Porcari Jr.
James A. Porcari Jr. February 10, 2020 in Canton, GA. Born Feb. 12, 1934 in Rochester, son of James A. Porcari Sr. and Berneace (Strassle) Porcari, Jim was raised on Jones Ave. in Rochester's 9th Ward, a 1951 graduate of the Aquinas Institute and a 1955 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Air Force ROTC. Jim served four years of active duty as a Navigator/Radar Observer on RC-121 aircraft, based at Otis AFB, MA., and remained a member of the USAF Reserve until 1971. In 1959, Jim returned to Rochester where he began a long career in public service, starting as a Housing Relocation Coordinator for the Rochester Housing Authority and moving on to lead a number of RHA properties, including the Hanover Houses project before, during and after the 1964 period of civil unrest in the City of Rochester. An early advocate of the then-controversial scattered-site low income/senior housing programs in both the City of Rochester and Monroe County, Jim played a key role in multiple projects including Chatham Gardens, Tryon Estates, Westfall Estates, Kennedy Tower, and Seneca Towers. In 1969, Jim was asked by the Metropolitan Rochester Foundation to serve as Executive Director of the newly created Rochester Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation, charged with leveraging community assets to create additional low-income housing units in the Rochester area. In 1970, Jim was appointed Commissioner of Buildings and Property Conservation for the City of Rochester, responsible for code enforcement and zoning for the City, a position he held until 1973, when he joined Central Trust Company, where he led the Mortgage Department until 1982. That year, Jim moved to the State of Florida to work as a Vice President for Compson Development Corporation in Boca Raton, FL. until retirement in 1995. Jim served on multiple governing boards in his lifetime, including Chairman of The Rochester Housing Authority, as a member of The New York State Housing Advisory Board for Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, WXXI-TV, the Metropolitan Rochester Foundation and Camp Stella Maris. He was also a longtime member of the Town of Hypoluxo (FL) Planning and Zoning Commission. Jim is survived by wife Nancy (Merritt) Porcari and four children, including Jinny (Michael) Keough of Atlanta, GA, James A (Vicky) Porcari III of Alpharetta GA, John (Heidi) Porcari and Chuck (Jenn) Porcari, both of Cheverly, MD. Jim is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren He was predeceased by daughter Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Porcari, and spouses Mary Elizabeth (Davis) Porcari and Barbara J. Swann. The Porcari family asks that donations to Jim's legacy of service be directed to the Mary Porcari Brady Emergency Student Support Fund ( www.MPBfund.com ) at the Monroe Community College School of Nursing, a fund solely dedicated to assisting students with out-of-classroom circumstances that could prevent them from obtaining their nursing degree.
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In memory of
James A. Porcari Jr.
James A. Porcari Jr. February 10, 2020 in Canton, GA. Born Feb. 12, 1934 in Rochester, son of James A. Porcari Sr. and Berneace (Strassle) Porcari, Jim was raised on Jones Ave. in Rochester's 9th Ward, a 1951 graduate of the Aquinas Institute and a 1955 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Air Force ROTC. Jim served four years of active duty as a Navigator/Radar Observer on RC-121 aircraft, based at Otis AFB, MA., and remained a member of the USAF Reserve until 1971. In 1959, Jim returned to Rochester where he began a long career in public service, starting as a Housing Relocation Coordinator for the Rochester Housing Authority and moving on to lead a number of RHA properties, including the Hanover Houses project before, during and after the 1964 period of civil unrest in the City of Rochester. An early advocate of the then-controversial scattered-site low income/senior housing programs in both the City of Rochester and Monroe County, Jim played a key role in multiple projects including Chatham Gardens, Tryon Estates, Westfall Estates, Kennedy Tower, and Seneca Towers. In 1969, Jim was asked by the Metropolitan Rochester Foundation to serve as Executive Director of the newly created Rochester Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation, charged with leveraging community assets to create additional low-income housing units in the Rochester area. In 1970, Jim was appointed Commissioner of Buildings and Property Conservation for the City of Rochester, responsible for code enforcement and zoning for the City, a position he held until 1973, when he joined Central Trust Company, where he led the Mortgage Department until 1982. That year, Jim moved to the State of Florida to work as a Vice President for Compson Development Corporation in Boca Raton, FL. until retirement in 1995. Jim served on multiple governing boards in his lifetime, including Chairman of The Rochester Housing Authority, as a member of The New York State Housing Advisory Board for Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, WXXI-TV, the Metropolitan Rochester Foundation and Camp Stella Maris. He was also a longtime member of the Town of Hypoluxo (FL) Planning and Zoning Commission. Jim is survived by wife Nancy (Merritt) Porcari and four children, including Jinny (Michael) Keough of Atlanta, GA, James A (Vicky) Porcari III of Alpharetta GA, John (Heidi) Porcari and Chuck (Jenn) Porcari, both of Cheverly, MD. Jim is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren He was predeceased by daughter Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Porcari, and spouses Mary Elizabeth (Davis) Porcari and Barbara J. Swann. The Porcari family asks that donations to Jim's legacy of service be directed to the Mary Porcari Brady Emergency Student Support Fund ( www.MPBfund.com ) at the Monroe Community College School of Nursing, a fund solely dedicated to assisting students with out-of-classroom circumstances that could prevent them from obtaining their nursing degree.
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Canton, GA 30114
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