Jon Paul's Story
Jon Paul Amato passed away peacefully under the tender care of Hospice on August 5, 2017 at St. Peter's Hospital, Albany, NY. John was predeceased by his mother, Mary Louise D'Arcangelo; his father, Carl Amato; and his beloved daughter, Shari Lynn Amato Button.
Jon was born in Niagara Falls, New York in 1940 and studied in the United States and Canada, earning his bachelor's degree from Arizona State University, his master's degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his doctorate degree in economic geography from the University of Toronto.
He served for 20 years as a professor in the departments of Geography and Planning at Buffalo State College and the State University of New York at Albany. His professional publications included works on environmental analysis, agricultural location theory, and regional land use planning. He worked for 12 years as a professional econimic developer for the states of Arizona and New York. He provided technical assistance to rural Arizona communities, and assisted several New York communities in their efforts toward economic revitalization.
A long-time coin collector who joined the American Numismatic Association in 1981, Amato joined the numismatic cataloging staff of Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas, after he retired from his posiion with the State of New York. He returned to his long-time home in Albany, New York, in 2010, and continued as a part-time Heritage cataloger, working on nearly every catalog for the past seven years. He recently began researching 1796 quarters with plans to publish a background and census of that issue. The Heritage cataloging staff plans to continue that research project in his memory.
His published numismatic works include: "An Analysis of 1796-97 Draped Bust Half Dollars," 'The Numismatist,' September 2001; "Surviving 1796-97 Draped Bust Half Dollars and Their Grade Distribution," 'John Reich Journal,' February 2005; "American Indian Treaty Payments," 'The Numismatist,' November 2010 (Numismatic Literary Guild Large Club Publications Best Article Award, August 2011); 'The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-97: Numismatic Background and Census,' James L. Halperin and Mark Van Winkle, editors, 2012 (Numismatic Literary Build Extraordinary Merit Award, August 2013); 'Numismatic Background and Census of 1802 Half Dimes: A Classic American Rarity,' 2017 (Numismatic Literary Guild Extraordinary Merit Award, August 2017).
In addition to the ANA, Amato held memberships in the American Numismatic Society, the Central States Numismatic Society, the John Reichs Collectors Society, the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, and the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.
Jon will be dearly missed by his cousins, Bernice 'Billie' Pascoe, Ronald (Nancy) D'Arcangelo; his extended family; his dear friends at Heritage Auction in Dallas, Texas; and numerous other friends.
There will be no prior visitation. A graveside memorial will be private at the convenience of the family.
If so desired, a donation in Jon's name could be made to St. Jude's Childrens Res. Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105, phone 1-800-275-0786.
Published on November 8, 2017