James F. Caruso

March 22, 1957 - October 7, 2008
James F. Caruso

James F. Caruso, 51 passed away suddenly at New Hanover Regional Medical Center on October 7, 2008 of terminal Cancer.

Born March 22, 1957, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Mr. Caruso was employed at Greenlawn Memorial Park and Oleander Memorial Gardens as a Family Service Counselor. He was formerly employed by Harding Hospital in Worthington, Ohio.

Mr. Caruso graduated from Milford Academy in Connecticut and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Welfare from Ohio State University where he also was a member of “THE” Ohio State University Football Team.

Survivors include his wife Kim Caruso whom he met 31 years ago to the day of his death, and his daughter Michelle Caruso whom he adored.

Friends may feel free to drop by Cypress Island Clubhouse off River Road on Saturday, October 11, 2008 between 2:00 and 6:00PM.

Inurnment will be later this year in Cherry Hill Cemetery in Plymouth, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Caruso Family Memorial Fund for Michelle Caruso at any Bank of America.

Online condolences may be sent to www.wilmingtonburialandcremation.com

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • October 08, 2008
    Christie Noe says:
    Kim and Michelle, I know I don't have to tell you what a treasure Jimmy was to us all. Having worked with Jim for the last three years, I can tell you how much he will be missed by his coworkers. Jimmy was a one of a kind....with his sense of humor and never pessimistic attitude. I will miss his Sunday faxes to CWS with his head imposed on numerous news headlines, his maps with cartoon characters all over the pages, and his celebrations whenever Ohio won a game. He was a man of his own, had a great love for you both (talked about you all the time) and an inate ability to make us laugh on a daily basis. His strength and preserveance over the last months have left an impression on me that will not be forgotten. He was taken much too soon! I know Jim wouldn't want us to make a big deal of his leaving, but our days will be emptier without his humor and presence! May God carry you through the coming days! Christie Noe

  • November 02, 2008
    Karen Berlin Ishii says:
    Dear Caruso family, It was with great shock and sadness that I learned of Jim's death: so young and so vital, it is indeed, hard to believe. I wish you all great strength at this very difficult time. I knew Jim only in high school when we were classmates at John Jay, but even then he was an extraordinary guy. He was funny, full of life, handsome and charming. (A high school football star, he went by the nickname "Rocky" BEFORE the movie!) He was also a very good person who knew when to put the funny away and show that he cared. Jim's memory will surely live on in the hearts of those his life touched. Please accept my deepest condolences. Karen Berlin Ishii

  • October 09, 2008
    Teresa McCoy-Thompson says:
    Kim and Michelle, There are no "right" words to say when the death of a loved one occurs. Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know he loved you both dearly and was very proud of his family..you two and granny. While working together we always had college football season to keep us talking about: Ohio State and Virginia Tech. And, Jim could always make me laugh while we dealt with families facing a death everyday. I wished I could get to Wilmington Saturday, but don't know that I will be able to. But, if I can ever, ever, do anything for you two...I'm only a phone call away. Peace be with you, Teresa

  • October 12, 2008
    Chris Moeller says:
    My condolences to all Jim's family. I knew him from high school and he was a great guy who could and would always make you laugh or smile.

  • October 12, 2008
    Marilyn Medina says:
    Kim and Michelle, Jim loved you both more than life itself. He was without a doubt the funniest person I have ever known. He wasn't just funny, he could be very caring as well as serious. Jim was a "Man For All Seasons". There was a childlike quaility he had that made him so endearing. You could never stay mad at him for very long. How could you? Andy sends his love as he was too ill to come yesterday. I wonder what cool picture Jim is drawing and if there's a fax machine where he is! Love Marilyn & Andy