Message from Katie Boyle

With the shock and unexpected passing of Jason, we have all asked ourselves how could this have happend to someone so young and vibrant.  On behalf of Jason’s family once again, thank you for all your  kind words.  It has been comforting to Jason’s parents as well as myself.   We have learned that Jasons cause of death was pneumonia as well as an enlarged heart resulting in cardiac arrest.  Thank you once again.  -Katie Boyle

Jason Colacino – Aug. 20, 1977 ~ Aug. 9, 2009

Jason Colacino Aug. 20, 1977 ~ Aug. 9, 2009 Former San Leandro Resident Survived by his adoring parents, Rick and Diane Colacino, Jason Colacino, 31, passed away unexpectedly at home in New York City on August 9, 2009. He was born on August 20, 1977 in San Leandro, CA and has called New York City his home for the past 7 years.  Jason was a talented and respected professional who started his dance career in country line dancing when he was a teenager. He went on to master Swing, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Jazz, Ballet and Ballroom dancing. Best known in his early career for his dynamic West Coast Swing competition performances with Gina Amato-Brown and longtime partner Katie Boyle, he earned a US Open Swing title and three World Cabaret titles. In recent years Jason was known for his passionate Argentine Tango performances. His success brought a huge demand for his skills, which allowed him to teach, choreograph, compete, perform and judge all over the world. Jason embraced life in New York City and had become a true New Yorker. Jason was preceded in death by his grandparents George and Georgia Oliveira. In addition to his parents he is survived by grandparents, Tony and Lou Colacino, Aunts and Uncles, Mary Colacino, Dick Colacino, Gary (Pattie), Larry (Patty), Chuck (Cecelia), Dennis (Fran) and numerous cousins. His loss will also be mourned by his dance community family of Swing and Tango, who considered him to be one of the most gifted dancers ever to grace the hardwood. A memorial service will be held at 11am on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 S. Central Ave., Tracy. An online guest book is available at: and to send condolences to the family. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to a dance scholarship. For information, please e-mail Rick at Fry Memorial Chapel (209) 836-1970.

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