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James A. "Jimmy" Carino

June 16, 1958 — February 9, 2021

CARINO, James, It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 James Carino passed away due to complications caused by COVID-19.  "Jimmy" was born in Medford on June 16th, 1958 and raised in Somerville until the family moved to Stoneham when Jimmy was nine years old. He graduated from Stoneham High in 1976 and then from Northeastern with a major in Political Science.  He married the love of his life Kathy Gehring in 1989. They welcomed their son Ryan in 1993 and then "the twins" Will and Julia in 2000. Jimmy was a devoted and loving husband and father.

Jimmy dedicated his time and talent to Stoneham Public Schools; he was a fixture in the high school. Throughout his career, Jimmy worked his tech magic on every school computer, chrome book, projector, microphone and, or website― there wasn't one machine he didn't touch. His real magic was in building relationships with just about every student. As the senior class advisor, he created lasting memories for generations of students through proms, awards
ceremonies and graduations, but his masterpiece was the Carnival Ball. 30 years of the 100-year old tradition happened because of Jimmy. As amazing as he was inside the school, he was a record setter on the field. Jimmy was known by all as "Coach" Carino, coaching the Girls and Boys Tennis teams as well as Boys Soccer. His talents and passion helped bring home the State Championship wins for the Boys Soccer teams in 2002, 2004, and 2005. He was recently
inducted into the Stoneham High School Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Jimmy was a great chef, taught by his beloved Ma, and his joy was creating celebrations big and small for family and friends. They over-flowed with delicious food and endless laughter but they were really about spending time with those he loved. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Kathy, his cherished children Ryan James, Julia Mary, and William Francis. He also leaves behind his dear father, Francis J. Carino, and his late wife, Jimmy's mother, Gemma, his brother John
Carino and his wife Frances, and sister Sharon Searing and her late husband Eddie. He was the beyond cherished son-in-law of Edward and Mary Lou Gehring and brother-in law of Michael Gehring and his wife Cami, and Annmarie and her husband David Bulgarelli. He adored his 24
nieces and nephews. To Jimmy's countless best friends, colleagues, former players and students, each and every one of you were as special to him as he was to you.

Family and friends are kindly invited to gather and share memories with the family at Stoneham High School on Sunday, February 14, 2021 from 12:00 – 4:00pm. Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be observed. A Private Funeral Mass Celebrating James Eternal Life will be held on Monday, February 15, 2021 in St. Patrick's Church, 71 Central St., Stoneham at 10 am. Our family is crushed that we cannot welcome everyone and so we hope you can attend James funeral by using the following link:

In late Spring or early Summer, an outdoor celebration to honor his life and legacy will be held at which time we look forward to being all together again.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the James Carino Memorial Fund. Contributions can be made at

These donations will be used to honor his memory and the values he stood for.
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of James A. "Jimmy" Carino, please visit our flower store.

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

12:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Monday, February 15, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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