Blount & Curry Funeral Home-Carrollwood

3207 W Bearss Ave, Tampa, FL


James A. Mortellaro

September 14, 1941May 10, 2019

James A. Mortellaro, 77, of Tampa, FL passed away Friday, May 10, 2019. Jim is survived by his wife, Sandra; children; Pete (Pam), Gina (Pete), and Michelangelo (Bethany); grandchildren; Gregory (Olivia), Alexandria, Olivia, Enzo, Luca, and Gio; and his great-granddaughter, Eleanor.

Jim took great pride in his Sicilian heritage and was a third generation, active member of The Italian Club of Tampa in Ybor City. He had a passion for sailing and loved water-front living.

Jim proudly served in the United States Navy. Following his service in the Navy, he worked for the Hillsborough County Water Department for 30 years before retiring.

Jim was most known for his immeasurable love for and protection of his family.

The viewing and service will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 10-11am at Blount & Curry Funeral Home – Carrollwood Chapel, 3207 West Bearss Ave., Tampa, followed by interment at L’Unione Italiana Cemetery, 2520 E. 24th Ave, Tampa.

There will also be a celebration of life immediately after interment at L’Unione Italiana (The Italian Club of Tampa), 1731 E. 7th Ave, Tampa, where food and beverages will be served.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, May 16, 2019


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Ed Auble

May 20, 2019

During 1961-2, I was Communications Officer on board USS Yosemite AD-19 stationed at Newport Naval Base, Newport, RI. I was an Ensign fresh out of OCS and Communications School. Jim was a Third Class Radioman in the division, a pleasant, hard-working fellow. Maybe ten years ago, we got in touch. Now we were just two old fellows curious about how life had been for the other person. Last week, I realized that I hadn't been in touch with Jim for awhile. I emailed and a called his home number to no avail. Then I learned why. I have no doubt that Jim was a dedicated employee and a strong family man. I can understand your loss. My thoughts are with you,

Matt Nelson

May 16, 2019

On behalf of myself, Tally, Maggie, and Joe, I'd like to extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Michaelangelo and the entire Mortellaro family in this time of need. We are so sorry for your loss.

Chris Elmore

May 15, 2019

To Pete and Michaelangelo and the entire Mortellaro family, Chris and Jen Elmore send our sincerest condolences on the passing of your father. Every day will get a little brighter.

Cindy Fleenor

May 15, 2019

Had the pleasure of working with Jim for many years @ the Hillsborough County Water Dept. He was highly respected by all his co-workers there. Loved talking to him about Italian food! I surprised him with a Lidia Bastianich cookbook once & he in turn gifted me with the Mafia cookbook. He was very proud of & loving spoke of Sandra, her Mom & his children. He was sorely missed when he retired. Praying that God will comfort his family. I reside in TN & will be unable to attend the service but his family will be in my thoughts. God Bless You All.


May 14, 2019

GOD plans our journey, so it's important we treat everyday of our lives as a gift. When our journey is complete, I believe we each get our very own "cloud in the sky", so on a windy day I watch the clouds and think of family and friends who have reached their journey. Jim genuinely displayed the highest respect and love for his wife and his entire family, he was so proud of them. Jim was quite a character and he will truly be missed.
My deepest sympathy, Andrea B. (Hillsborough County retiree)

Rebecca Scully

May 13, 2019

Jim was my next door cubicle neighbor at HCWD for three years. He was always funny and an incurable optimist. Did he ever win the lottery? We had a good time dreaming about what we would do if the office pool ever hit it big. Jim always put family first and was exceedingly proud of his brilliant and beautiful children and his loving wife. I know he will be missed as he was always in the center of everything. Godspeed, Jim. See you on the other side.