James F. Caruso

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

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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 09, 2008
    Caruso Family says:
    Jim, Our beloved brother and son. We idolized you. There wasn't a day that went by that we didn't think of you and pray for you. Michelle, we loved your Father more than you know. He will be painfully missed. Even though there may be a physical distance between us, we want you to know that we will always be there for you. He was a beautiful, fun loving little boy who liked to go "turtle hunting" and he had a habit for bringing home stray animals. He was always at the top of his class. There wasn't anything especially sports that he didn't excel in. He grew into a breath takingly handsome man and an amazing athlete. All of us spent time with him last Thanksgiving and he laughed and we reminiscence about old times. It was so rewarding to see our parents smiling and so happy that we were all together, little did any of us know that would be the last time we were all together. He truly loved life and we truly loved him. He was our hero, he took our breath away. Life will not be the same without him. On the Caruso side-Jim is survived by his parents George and Marie Caruso. His brothers George Jr. Thomas and Joseph Caruso. His sister Christine Caruso-Cooper 1 nephew Michael Anthony Caruso (George Jr's son, age 14) 1 brother in law, Brett Cooper 1 neice Natalie Marie Cooper (Brett and Christine Caruso-Cooper's daughter, age 8)

  • October 09, 2008
    Ollie Collins says:
    Mr. Jim was truly an inspiration to me. I worked with him for over a year & not a day that went by that he didn't give me the encouragement that I needed to make it. He took me under his wing & coached me through my hard times. Michelle you were so lucky to have him as your father, he loved his Monkey & we had many talks about you. Ms. Kim, you loved & knew him best, though I didn't get to see much of you & Michelle you were talked about dearly. And lets not forget about Granny oh the stories he'd share about her! His family meant so much to him & he shared that with us daily. I will always remember him for the non-stop humor that I got so well. We both had the same dry humor so I got every joke he would come up with! My heart aches now, & I'm sure it will for the coming days and months. I am so glad that I got to see him on a good day a few months back & that is exactly how I would want to remember him cause he had my side hurting laughing, catching up & just enjoying the presence of him! He is a true essence of a man and a true inspiration to me & my life. I will Miss him Greatly! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  • October 08, 2008
    Brenda Cahill says:
    Kim and Michelle, Your loss and the loss of all who knew Jim is great. He was one of a kind. His wit and dry sense of humor will be missed. First, he was a co-worker of mine, then soon after became my friend and then for over a year a neighbor. I enjoyed seeing and talking to him when he was walking around Cypress Island. I also enjoyed his faxes with the superimposed "Jim" head on the Star News articles. You could always look forward to a special voice or impression he would do over the phone and we played many practical jokes on each other over the years. And of course, I will miss the many talks about MLB and his precious "Yankees". He left this earth way to soon but will now be able to improve his golf game without missing work. He loved you both so much, how do I know this? Because he talked about you guys constantly. Much love and sympathy. Brenda Cahill