Henrietta, NY: James M. Learn, age 75, passed away in his sleep on Monday May 6, 2019, at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY, from symptoms stemming from congestive heart failure. He was comfortable and in a caring, nurturing environment, where he had the opportunity to spend time with close family members in his final weeks. James was born and raised in Mount Morris, NY, son of George Emerson Learn and Edna Ruth Learn, nee Hawthorne, and is survived by five of his six siblings, many nieces and nephews, and his son, Peter. James’ wife of 40+ years, Linda Louise Learn, passed away just over a year ago in April, after a brief struggle with cancer.
James was a caring and supportive father, brother, and uncle, as well as a kind friend and neighbor. He was also deeply involved in community and commercial affairs in Rochester. To name but a few examples, James served for many years as a scoutmaster for Pittsford Boy Scout Troop 171, was involved in Pittsford church and school-district organizations, and was an avid proponent and member of the Rochester Trade Exchange business organization.
A talented entrepreneur all his life, James always preferred to create businesses and opportunities, rather than simply make his way as an employee. After a period of working in the restaurant industry himself, he founded a company to specifically cater to the printing, graphic design, and advertising needs of local restaurants and other Rochester-area business, through which he made many close friends and earned the affectionate nick-name “menu-man.” He also co-founded a photography studio and image development/restoration business in Henrietta, working with both his wife and his close friend Kurt Dreas (decd.). James had a ready smile, quick wit, and garrulous laugh. He was always warmly welcomed into any social circle and made fast and lasting friendships with ease. James will be sorely missed by his friends, family, and business colleagues alike.
An informal outdoor memorial service will be held Friday May 24 th, 6 pm, at Hopkins Point Lodge in Mendon Ponds Park, the same location his wife Linda’s memory was celebrated in May of last year. The lodge is sheltered and has an indoor area, so the service will take place regardless of weather. The Rev. Kenneth R. Pepin of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will lead prayer for the departed, and family and guests will be offered the opportunity to share remembrances. Some refreshments will be provided. James’ ashes will be interred with his wife’s, in the hopes that the closeness they shared in their long and loving marriage might be mirrored in their final resting place.