Young Jameson Conte’s Gift Of Life

Tracy Hinson passes along this very sad news:

Mark and Stephanie (Fratino) Conte are longtime, well-known Westporters. Last weekend, they lost their 20-month old son Jameson.

Jameson Conte

Steph — a 1992 Staples grad — was nominated for Homecoming Queen. Mark is a Norwalk fireman. His business is saving lives.

Their young son is following in his daddy’s footsteps. He has already saved other children’s lives, through the donation of his organs.

Four children have received the gift of life, thanks to Jameson — including, yesterday, a 4-year-old who received Jameson’s heart. Even in the midst of Jameson’s tragic and inexplicable death, there is the celebration of life.

The Contes’ house borders Willowbrook Cemetery. Now they will be able to visit Jameson every day. They can look out their windows, and know they still watch over him.

Here is Jameson’s obituary:

Jameson Daniel Conte, treasured 20-month-old son of Mark and Stephanie Conte, passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 25 at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was surrounded by those who dearly loved him.

Jameson’s life would seem too short to many, but the quality of his existence far exceeds the quantity of the time in which he lived it. Those touched by his sparkle and laughter will remember the joy he found in music, mealtimes, and being adored by his family. In addition to his parents, Jameson was the beloved little brother of Alyssa, the cherished grandson of James and Carol Conte and Daniel and Deborah Fratino, all of Westport. He was the nephew of Anthony, Michael and Matthew Conte, and Danielle Fratino. In addition he was loved by many extended cousins, aunts and uncles.

The last gift Jameson contributed to this world was the donation of his organs. He has provided four children with the gift of life and the opportunity to become extraordinary, as his family knew he would one day become.

Friends may call Thursday (4-8 p.m.) at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday (10 a.m.) at the Church of the Assumption, 98 Riverside Avenue, Westport. Burial will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the following:

Yale Pediatric ICU
Gift Account: Jameson Daniel Conte
7th Floor, West Pavilion
20 York Street
New Haven, CT 06504

Hospital for Special Care
Gift Account: Jameson Conte
HSCH Pediatric Unit
2150 Corbin Ave
New Britain, CT  06053

38 responses to “Young Jameson Conte’s Gift Of Life

  1. My heart goes out to Mark and Stephanie, two really excellent people. This is so heart wrenching……

    • I am so sorry for your loss. I was with Milissa (Pianka) Malloy (visiting for the weekend) when she received the tragic news of your son (I am Milissas mother-in-law). My heart goes out to you and your husband and family, may you find peace and strength in the Lord knowing that your child is truly an angel of God.

      Christine Gordon

  2. Michael, Shannon & Zachary Abbotts

    To our beloved Jameson…we love you beyond words. Please watch over your mommy & daddy throughout these years as they try to live life here without you. Thank you for the gifts you have given to so many, you have made so many other children’s lives possible-TRULY an Angels work. You are engraved in our hearts forever and we so dearly love you!

    Cousin Michael, Shannon & Zachary Abbotts

  3. Carissa Simon Keepin

    My heart breaks for this lovely family! What a little angel! Prayers to you for peace in your hearts.

  4. Our hearts go out to these wonderful families, the Contes and the Fratinos, and marvel at their tremendous gift of life. I hope they feel the love of family, friends and community that is coming their way and it will sustain them.

    Andy and Mary (Palmieri) Gai

  5. Chung and Matt Storch

    Our hearts are so heavy with sadness. Please try to take comfort in your little Angel’s miracle of life that he has given to others. He truly is a hero. You are in our thoughts and hearts…always!

    Matt and Chung Storch

  6. I have never met a more genuine,loving family as the Fratino’s. Danielle is the bestest friend I have ever had and I have been truly blessed to have been so fortunate to get to meet her family. From the bottom of my heart I am so sorry for your loss. There is no words to even explain this type of pain but he is saving lives, he’s a true hero. Thinking of you guys every second…”Never Above You, Never Below You, Always By Your Side”

  7. Always be thankful for each day

    Thoughts and prayers for your little angel. No words can offer any comfort, only that you were blessed with the time you shared with him.

  8. Mark & Steph,
    I am so very deeply sorry. You are both the kindest and most wonderful of people. Our hearts are with yours.

  9. Morgan Abbotts

    Jameson, we are all going to miss you so much. I’m so glad that I got to see you one last time running around with Naia’s little purse the other day, smiling the biggest, brightest smile. You’re a real hero. Watch over Stephanie, Mark and Alyssa for us, and give Pops a big kiss from us all. We love you, baby cousin.

  10. Lesley Steinman and Joe Burmeister

    What an extraordinary little man. His spirit lives on in in those four little kids and in your beautiful family. Much love to you and yours during this difficult time.

  11. Maria LoPresti

    Words cannot express my deepest sympathy for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you. May he be your little Angel in heaven.

  12. Mark and Steph….Sending you all the love in the world.

    • Ashley and Jean Guedez

      Stephanie and Mark,
      Jean and I are deeply heartbroken over the loss of precious Jameson. The gift of life that Jameson has given to those 4 babies is truly angelic. May God Bless him and your family and offer strength during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
      With heartfelt sympathy and love,
      Ashley and Jean

  13. Name Hoda Youssef

    Hoda Youssef

    God bless his soul and rest him in peace. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. Such loss is beyond words. We love you JD.

  15. Jeannette farag ( finance Dept. )

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. My heart is heavy and my thoughts & prayers are with you always.

  16. Steph,
    there is no words in the world will express how i feel right now about this tragic loss-please accept my and my family deepest sympathy.just wants you to know that i love you so much and you and your family will always be in my prayers and i am sure that your little angel will always watch over all of us.
    God Bless

  17. dear Steph,
    i can’t find any words that will express how sad i am right now about this tragic loss- only thing i can say that i love you so much and you will always be in my prayers.

  18. therese abdelamlek ( finance dept)

    i have no words to express how i feel right now about this tragic loss-please accept my deepest now how much i love you and you and your family will always be in my prayers .

  19. Stephanie and Mark,
    There are just no words. I will say that it was truly a gift to meet that sweet precious boy during our visit two weeks ago. If only for a brief time, he certainly impacted my life in such a bright and positive way. What a gift he is to so many. Your Fratino Family/DiBerardinis Family in Annapolis send blessing and prayers and extend the deepest and most sincere condolences. All our love,
    Cousin Lisa Marie Fratino

  20. Dear Steph and Mark,
    There are just no words I can express. Even if just for a brief moment, it was such a gift to have met such a sweet precious Italian boy. He certainly brightened my day and made me smile. Your Annapolis family is so saddened by this loss. Please accept deepest and most sincere condolences from the Fratino/DiBerardinis family
    Much love,
    Cousin Lisa Marie Fratino

  21. Steph, we are all devastated by this dreadful loss and worry so that you and Mark will find your way through such a terrible time. There are so many of your friends here at the Waldorf that are thinking of you, praying for you and want you to know that we are with you.

  22. Jill Torregiani

    Words cannot capture the sadness of such a loss. How fortunate to have had his light in your lives and to share that with others. Keeping you in my thoughts! Warmly, Jill

  23. Jameson has left amazing gifts to the world in the four lives he has helped save. His spirit will live on everyday in not only his loving parents, but also the four children who received the organ donations. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    God Bless, Tim Walsh

  24. Dear Stef, words are escaping me right now as to how to share in your loss! My thoughts and prayers for you and Mark are with you during this unfortunate time. Find comfort in the love and support that is pouring in from your friends and family and know that little Jameson is above, watching over you and will forever be in your heart!! My heart is heavy for you an your family!
    All my love,

  25. Stephanie,
    It is with a heavy heart that I send you my thoughts and prayers. Know that I am thinking of you and Mark and your entire family during this time. I will look up in the nights sky and see Jameson’s star shining brightly upon us.

  26. Alison Borrman

    It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was growing up with your family on Oakwood Lane. Life certainly does bring a lot of joy and hardship along the way. I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss, there aren’t words to make it better, just time and the love of your friends and family.

  27. Steph and Mark,

    We are very sorry for your loss and pray that you will find comfort in knowing what a hero Jameson is. Your very generous hearts gave others another chance in life which no one else can give. Bless your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. Love, Iyeen, Mike and Thayer.

  28. Jackie Collens

    Stephanie (and Mark),
    I am so sorry for your loss. The news is tragic but what is more tragic is when something happens to someone that is such a wonderful person or in this case 2 wonderful people. Stephanie, only you would find a way to turn this into something positive and it is what is expected because that defines who you are: positive, charismatic, hospitable, kind, giving and genuine to name a few. You are able to share your love, which made Jameson so special, with 4 other babies. It is absolutely unbelievable and just remarkable. Stephanie and Mark not only is Jameson a Hero but both of his parents are also Hero’s. My thoughts and prayers are with you… I’m so sorry, Jackie (The Waldorf=Astoria)

  29. Stephanie and Mark, Words can’t express how terrible I feel about your most tragic loss. Little Jameson was so fortunate to have such incredible loving parents and I know you’ll carry on his legacy and special memories of him. Your wonderful gift of life to the 4 special babies is an inspiration to us all, Jameson is everyones true hero. Please know that everyone at the Waldorf is keeping you and your family in their prayers during this most difficult and extremely sad time. With deepest sympathy,

  30. Agnes Arostegui

    My heartfelt condolences to you, Mark, your family and everyone Jameson has touched and from all I have read, I see that Jameson touched so many and continues to do so. You are in my thoughts and that of the Events team. I am so very sorry,

  31. Dear Stephanie,
    I unfortunately haven’t got the chance to meet Jameson. I feel deeply sad for you and your family. These are the time when we should remember to appreciate every single moment in life. Please know that our heart is with you and your family and we pray with you during this tough time. God bless Jameson and make him the safest place in heaven with all the angels.

  32. Theresa Espinoza

    Stephanie & Family,
    I am deeply saddened by the news of the loss of your son. It is baffling why such tragedies occur to those so innocent. I find it remarkable that he has gone on to already improve four other children’s lives; it is very courageous of you and your husband – what an amazing gift given. I will be thinking about you and your family and hope you will have the strength to get you through your grief and sadness. God Bless, Theresa Espinoza (W=A)

  33. Laura DiSpirito Gonzalez

    Stephanie & Family,
    Please know that you and Mark are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. May you find comfort through your faith, and peace knowing that little Jameson’s life, though brief, has helped others. God Bless you and your family…

  34. Joanne Topalian

    To all of the Conte Family – – What sadness we felt when we heard the news. You will be in our prayers for the Lord to lift you up and carry you through each day. He IS a little hero – just like his daddy. God Bless you all.
    The Topalian’s
    Peter, Joanne, Phil & Tom
    (friends of Matt’s)

  35. Tracey Brown

    Dear Stephanie and Mark,
    I still don’t really know what to say, but I would like you to know that you and Jameson have been in my thoughts every day. It is clear from the beautiful photos you shared with everyone last week that his life was full of joy albeit for a short time. I sincerely hope that joy is what remains and that you will find peace in knowing he lived a blessed life while he was here. Your grace during this difficult time will be something I never, ever forget and if there is anything you might need that I can offer, please let me know. In the meantime, I will just send you gentle thoughts of healing and strength.
    With love and sincerest condolences,
    Tracey (Brown)

  36. Sharon Saccary

    My heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. This is a devastating event that no parent should have to go through. May god be with you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.