James John Cosentino
December 27, 1942 – May 25, 2021
COSENTINO, JAMES JOHN December 27, 1942 – May 25, 2021
James Cosentino of Fresno, California left this earthly realm for his own piece of paradise on May 25, 2021 at the age of 78. His generosity will live on with those who were the recipients. James was born on December 27, 1942 in Mount Shasta, California to Joe V. Cosentino and Mary Catalano. Jim's brother, Joe, followed a couple of years later in November of 1944. The family moved from Mount Shasta and settled in Fresno, California where Jimmy and Joe would get into mischief on their family's ranch. Depending on your relationship, you would know him either as James, Jim, Jimmy, Jimmy John, Dad, Nonno, or Zio.
Jim married the love of his life, Angelina Calzone(AKA Angie, Gina, Mom, Nonni, Zia)in 1967. He not only won her heart, but the hearts of her parents Carmine and Mary Calzone, and not to mention Gina's older sister Madeline Tosto. Jim and Gina shared more than 53 years of marriage. During that time they had two handsome sons(at least that's how their mother describes them). Vince Cosentino was born in 1972, followed by his brother Mark Cosentino in 1975.
As the boys grew Jim would volunteer to be an assistant coach for their baseball or soccer teams. He would also take them out to practice drills on his own. This all after putting in a full day's work that would at times have him up at the crack of dawn. Jim was a tireless supporter of his sons' endeavors. He could be heard, loud and clear, cheering at Vince's gigs or Mark's adult league baseball games. Jim would later be Vince's muse in many film projects. He was always prepared, punctual, and ready for action.
Between the two boys they spawned what would be some of Jim's greatest joys, grandsons. Jim loved being a Nonno to Luciano, Giovanni, Jimmy, and Marco Cosentino, along with Vincent Carpenter, Gabriel Griffith, and Tommy Griffith. Jim would do his best to spend at least one day a week with the boys. That could have meant picking them up from school, taking them to the fish hatchery, or letting them take turns picking out a place for dinner.
Nonno planted the seed in his grandsons' heads that they should try to be financially responsible by saving 60% and spending 40% on themselves. He had his own share of successes and failures when he decided to make investments in the stock market. His advice was, “Don't gamble what you can't afford to lose.” He enjoyed his time in front of the computer with his notepad doing the research, taking notes, and tracking results.
Jim was an electrician by trade, and a proud member of the IBEW Local 100 for more than 50 years. He was more than just a tradesman though. He was a mentor. Many a young journeyman or apprentice learned to master their craft under his tutelage. It wasn't necessarily part of his job. Offering guidance and a helping hand came naturally to Jim. It wouldn't be a surprise to find him helping out a friend with an electrical issue at their home or business and never think to charge them for his time. If it made someone's life just a little easier, he was there to help.
A fan of pop music from nearly every decade, it wouldn't be a surprise to hear him whistling a tune from The Platters to Pink, while working in his garden, barbecuing, and just strolling around the house. He was a big San Francisco Giants fan, and loved attending Fresno Giants and Grizzlies games. This gave him the opportunity to see the rising stars come up through the ranks in person. If he wasn't keeping himself occupied outdoors, he was at the theater or on the couch with Gina or friends watching movies. He enjoyed all genres, but schlocky B-movies were a not-so-guilty pleasure.
Over the last decade or so, Jim dealt with some health issues. He did what needed to be done and made the necessary adjustments to his diet and lifestyle. These health concerns were mere nuisances, he had family dinners, picnics, and trips to plan. Unfortunately, an infection followed by pneumonia in conjunction with his previous kidney failure was too much for Jim to battle. The staff at St. Agnes Hospital did their best to make him and his family comfortable as his body did not respond to treatment.
Join us to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Jim Cosentino: beloved son, brother, husband, father, Zio, Nonno, cousin, and friend. Services will be held June 22, 2021 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 355 East Champlain Drive, Fresno, CA 93730. A Recitation of the Rosary at 9:30 a.m. will be followed by a Mass at 10:00 a.m.
Covid-19 Restrictions are in place. Masks and Social Distancing are required. Though the family would love to accept the hugs and handshakes, it is requested that you save them for a later date. Thank you for your love and respect.
9:30 am - 10:00 am
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James John Cosentino
June 13, 2021
Dear Gina, Mark and Vince,
I am so sorry to hear the sad news of Jim's passing. Your family was always so kind and loving while our boys were at Hoover High. I would occasionally run into Gina and Jim at the grocery store and we would stop and share what the boys were doing. I never saw Jim without that infectious smile on his face and Gina was always by his side.
My heart goes out to all of you during this most difficult time.
May God Bless Your Family
Mike & Bev Gambero
Julie Harper Blackett
June 11, 2021
Dear Cosentino Family,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of sweet Jim.
He was a wonderful man, and I’ll always remember what his sons meant to him when I babysat them as kids.
I admired the love he showed Gina, and what his dear family meant to him.
I know Jim’s friendship with my Dad meant a lot, and how both my parents (Gary & Adeline Harper) love your family.
This obituary is such a beautiful tribute to such a good man. Every time I saw him he had a smile on his face, and his eyes lit up the room.
May you all have as much peace as possible knowing he is at peace.
And, may all your happy memories provide you comfort now and always.
Lots of Love, XO
Julie Harper Blackett
June 8, 2021
Jim didn't seem to know a stranger. We got to know him on the sidelines of soccer so many years ago, and he'd always greet us with a friendly hello and catch up chat. After soccer there were school plays and other events, and he always made sure to greet us when he saw us. He had a twinkle in his eye and you could see the pride and joy he had in his family. We're so sorry for your loss,
The Murray Family
June 8, 2021
Jim was a kind man with a gentle soul.
I knew Jim since 1965 when he met my dear friend, Gina at Fresno City College. He always loved to joke and kid around…..
From day one he always called Gina his “girlfriend”.
Will miss my dear friend, Jim.
Gary B Harper
June 8, 2021
Jim was Gary’s partner in crime. Not being facetious. Electricians
Jim and my deceased husband (Gary) spent 1 year working at the Tehachapi prison together. Those are memories, I remember Gary saying, that will last forever.
They would come home on weekends, only to return the following Monday.
They roomed together, ate together, conversed about life’s adventures. I know my Gary never forgot these wonderful memories.
I know my daughter, Julie, learned how wonderful Gina, Jim and their two wonderful boys were. She babysat their two young boys, and would come home after babysitting these youngsters , (. WhAT A wonderful family)? JIM AND GINA HAVE DONE AN EXEMPLARY JOB raising their boys.
Jim will always be remembered in my life. Gina and Jim the very best life brought into my families life. Love you forever GINA AND JIM
VERNON & KATHY VERCOE
June 8, 2021
WE SEND SINCERE SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY, ALONG WITH GODS' LOVE, PEACE & STRENGTH, DURING THIS TIME OF GRIEF.
June 7, 2021
Angie and Family,
So sorry to see that Jim has passed away. I will always remember his smile. There was never a time in which I met him that he wasn't smiling.
Again, so sorry for your loss.