John Iamaio

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Browncroft Community Church
2530 Browncroft Blvd.
Rochester, New York, United States

Obituary of John Joseph Iamaio

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Webster: November 30, 1945 - April 29, 2022. Dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, went home to be with Jesus on April 29, 2022 after a brief battle with cancer.

John was preceded in death by his wife of almost 50 years Betty Lou Iamaio. He is survived by his son John Mark (Laura) Iamaio, daughter Stephanie (Brian) Donovan, and grandchildren Melody, Logan, Eva, and Jadon Maus and Hayden and Hannah Iamaio. Also cherished by other family members, brothers Tony (Joyce) Iamaio, Mike (Martha) Iamaio, Nick (Kathy) Iamaio, Tom (Becki) Iamaio and sister Theresa Weinhold. John is predeceased by his mother Nicholine Iamaio and father John Iamaio.


John grew up in Fulton, NY where he was known for his outgoing personality and ability as a wrestler. He was recruited to wrestle at South Dakota State University. During his freshman year in college, he encountered Jesus and the trajectory of his life was altered forever. John left his wrestling ambitions behind and decided to study the Bible at Piedmont Bible College in Winston Salem, NC. While he was there, he met and eventually married his wife. 


After graduating from Bible college, John accepted a pastoral call to Calvary Baptist Church in Hummels Wharf, PA. He spent 20 years pastoring the church and ministering to people in the community. In 1987, John and his family moved to Rochester, NY where he would take on the pastorate of Heritage Baptist Church in Penfield, NY. Shortly thereafter, he began teaching at Webster Christian School. It was the role of teacher and coach that brought him the most joy. He spent over 30 years teaching students, most recently at The Charles Finney School, as well as helping people through his counseling practice. He impacted countless lives through his investment in those areas. 


Along the way, John obtained a bachelor's degree in Systematic Theology,  a master's degree in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in New Testament Greek Translation, a master's in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychology. Some of his students eventually referred to him as “Doc”. 


John was known as an engaging presence with a joy for life. When he wasn’t talking to others about his “favorite book” (the Bible), he could be found playing drums, gardening, laughing around meals, reading, hunting or simply sitting in front of his wood stove. 


A Celebration of Life will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Browncroft Community Church, 2530 Browncroft Blvd., Rochester. In lieu of flowers, consider donations to The Charles Finney School scholarship fund in memory of John J. Iamaio, 2070 Five Mile Line Road, Penfield, NY 14526.

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