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John Michael Ameri Jr.
John Michael Ameri Jr.

WILMINGTON — On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, John Michael Ameri Jr., went to meet his God.

He was born in 1942 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lived on Long Island until he and his wife of 52 years, Georgette (Merrile), moved to Charlotte, N.C., to make a safer home for their four children: Christine, Francine, John Michael and Joseph. Two years later, they moved to Wilmington for his job with Food Town. A few years later, he bought Mills Superette on 17th Street and was famous for selling penny candy.

He then retired, but that didn’t last long because he had worked since he was 12 years old and couldn’t sit still. He then bought County Line Bait and Tackle in Castle Hayne. When he finally did retire, he loved to plant a garden and was proud of his produce.

He also leaves behind to miss him, his dog, Travis, who he loved very much; and seven grandchildren, Anthony, Deann, John Calvin, Caitlyn, Lauryn, John Michael IV and Olivia.; and great-granddaughter, Kalee, who was the apple of his eye.

A memorial Mass will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary, 412 Ann St., Wilmington, NC 28401.