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KINGSVILLE – James A. Pocatko, 56, of Winter Park, Florida and formerly of Ashtabula died Sunday, October 5, 2008 at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home.

He was born July 10, 1952 in Geneva, the son of Albert and Nancy (Swedenborg) Pocatko and had been a Florida resident for over 20 years.

A 1970 graduate of St. John High School, he participated in golf, basketball, and track during his high school years and was also a talented artist. He later attended KSUAC.

For the past 20 years, he operated Pocatko Electric, an electrical contracting company, but never lost his passion for music. A gifted singer, songwriter, and guitar player, he worked out of his own studio which he constructed while in Florida. He was very proud to have played the first guitar mass at St. Joseph Church with his childhood friend, Pat McClure.

A member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Winter Park, FL, he enjoyed golfing and writing music in his spare time.

His survivors include his parents, Albert and Nancy Pocatko of Ashtabula; his children, Amanda and Eric (named after Eric Clapton) Pocatko, both of Florida; one sister, Deborah Ocepek-Romanski of Chicago, IL; his aunts and uncles, Michael and Peggy and Jerry and Mary Lou Pocatko, Beverly Kemerait, and Karen Hardy; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 PM on Thursday, October 9, 2008 at the Zaback-Ducro Funeral Home, 500 West Prospect Road, Ashtabula.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12 Noon on Friday, October 10, 2008 at St. Joseph Church, 3330 Lake Avenue, Ashtabula. Fr. Philip Miller, Pastor will preside. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Masses at St. Joseph Church, American Cancer Society, or the American Kidney Foundation.