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James Paul Cararie

May 30, 1938February 1, 2020

James Paul Cararie, 81, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away peacefully on February 1, 2020 at home surrounded by family. James, “Jim” and affectionately known by the family as “Pap” was born in 1938 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Dormont High School, Jim enlisted in the United States Army Reserves. Shortly thereafter, Jim began his career with CSX Transportation which brought the family to the Jacksonville area. Jim retired from CSX after 42 years. Jim was a member of the BPOE Elks where he often played Santa. Jim was active in his church at St. Catherines Catholic Church where he often volunteered. Jim was a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan known for his sense of humor. Jim prided himself with his beautiful family by spending time in his backyard cooking on the grill for everyone while family enjoyed the pool. Jim is survived by his loving wife Grace of 56 years, and his five children, Anna (Muldoon), Patricia (Fidurski), Diana (Kerner), Frank Cararie (Shannon) and Gina (Punsky) (Robert), twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be held for Jim on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11:00am at St. Catherines Catholic Church, 1649 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, FL 32073.


  • Jim is survived by his loving wife Grace of 56 years, and his five children, Anna (Muldoon), Patricia (Fidurski), Diana (Kerner), Frank Cararie (Shannon) and Gina (Punsky) (Robert), twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.


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Ron Enos

February 12, 2020

Grace and the Kids: I know that your hearts are broken and you have my prayers for comfort. Jim and I go way back. I met him at Vista Tower. Like all of us, we walked over a mile to work. He was wondering if he wanted to get qualified on that job. I was always telling him jokes and he always countered with "we are going to have 6 more weeks of Enosisms." We were always friends and he joined our Jacksonville Steeler Fan Club; loving the Steelers all of his life. We all thought that we would be retiring from Pittsburgh as Train Dispatchers. But all of the families of Pittsburg Train Dispatchers ended up in Jacksonville. Love to All.

Marcie Jaroszynski

February 11, 2020

Dear Grace and Children. I am so sorry to hear the passing of Jimmy. You where great neighbors on Arkansas Ave .
My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Mari Cusma

February 7, 2020


I have so many memories of your dad and family it is impossible to choose one. But what I will always remember most is your dad's huge smile that always reached his eyes and how very much he loved all of you. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family.

Patricia Kitchen

February 5, 2020

Anna - we go way back to Kelton School in Dormont where our parents used to get together and do things quite a bit. I remember your dad playing Santa and I was scared to death of him (LOL). Remember all the sleep overs on Arkansas Avenue. The flag football games played down there watching our Dads play the game like a bunch of kids. Remember riding in your dad's car with the top down and us standing in the backseat! Where kids could be kids. May God give you strength during this time and just know that your dad is in a better place right now. God Bless you and your family. Love Patty (your sister from another mister) :)

Jodi Dobnak

February 5, 2020

To the Whole Cararie Family,
Your Dad was such fun to be around as we were growing up in Bethel Park .... Lots n lots of fun especially the pool... I feel blessed to have had you all in my childhood and wanted to thank you!! God Speed Mr.C ( aka my Kenny Rogers look alike ). Love you all 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Jodi Carney Dobnak

Gina Punsky

February 4, 2020

I have nothing but the greatest memories of my daddy! He was always a happy person & loved to laugh! I could talk to him about anything ! He loved my mom so much! I grew up in a home full of love!! Thank you daddy, Thank you for giving me such a wonderful life!! I miss you so very much! I love you daddy!❤❤

Roxanne Locicero

February 4, 2020

Thank you Jim for lots of wonderful memories. I feel very grateful that I was blessed to know you. I will be praying for you and your family.
Rest in peace. Roxanne Locicero

Dori Lee

February 4, 2020

I was so sad to see this. I knew Jim a long time ago, and he was a wonderful person. He made me smile. His family meant so much to him, and I know he will be missed by them all. Grace was his angel.... they were soulmates. It is a difficult time, but his family is strong and loving.... and I know they will get through these difficult times together.