Mr. James A. "Jimmy" Carino

  • Born: June 16, 1958
  • Died: February 9, 2021
  • Location: Stoneham, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

A Loving Son, Husband, Father, Brother, Coach, Teacher and Friend

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.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Carino Family, I am very sorry to hear about Jim passing. He was a very sweet, calm and kind person. He was a true Spartan. I coached with Jim for several years. My first coaching job was with Jim coaching Middle School Girls Basketball. He was so much fun to be with. Jim was very well known in Town and the Middlesex League. He touched many lives in a positive way. I hope your memories of him will make you smile. Again, very sorry.

Posted by Christine DelRossi - Dracut, MA - Friend   February 24, 2021

Hi Frank , John and Fran so sorry to hear of the the loss of Jim we had a lot of good times together at the Sons of Italy back in the day , I'll always remember that big smile . God bless you all , remember the good times .
Richie Finocchiaro
A J' Subs

Posted by Richard Finocchiaro - Tewksbury, MA - friend   February 18, 2021

Both Vivian and I are heartbroken to hear Jim's passing. We lost someone special who touched many lives.
Joe and Vivian Tringale

Posted by Joe Tringale - Wakefield, MA - Friend   February 18, 2021


My deepest condolences to you, Will and your family for this incredibly sad loss. You father is a great man with immeasurable contribution to the community and all the people he coached and helped. My thoughts are with you. - Sang

Posted by Sang Ku - East Boston, MA - Acquaintance   February 16, 2021

Kathy, Ryan, Julia and Will, our prayers are lifted for you during this incredibly sad time. This was a beautiful tribute to a man who has touched so many lives. Jim will always hold a special place in our family's hearts. My parents, sisters and I loved Jim from the moment we met him back in the '80s, when he walked into our lives in Ocean City. He brought such joy, laughter and warmth to our shared family vacations, and we will hold these memories close always. May Jim rest in peace, and may you feel the comfort of his presence in your lives, as he will be watching over all of you and live in your hearts forever.
Patti, Luke, Ben and Olivia

Posted by Patti Coughlan - Naperville, IL - Family Friend   February 15, 2021

The Buckley Family is heartbroken over the loss of such a kind and caring man as Jimmy. We watched this morning's funeral Mass and it was beautiful. Ryan and Julia, you did a great job of highlighting the fun and the sensitive sides of your wonderful Dad. Our community was so blessed to have such a great role model for all our children. God bless Jimmy and his loving family, Kathy, Ryan, Julia and Will.

Posted by Martha and Joe Buckley - Stoneham, MA - Friend   February 15, 2021

Sometime in the late 80's or early 90's, Jimmy decided I should sing "A Little Help From My Friends" in Carnival Ball, which I never would have done on my own! 10 or so years later, I left Stoneham, but still my favorite memories of all time include Jimmy. He was a very special man, and he will be sorely missed! Love to his family, holding you close in my heart.

Posted by Kate Thayer-Clark - South Thomaston, ME - Coworker   February 15, 2021

To Jim's beloved family and friends -
The halls of Stoneham High School will never be the same. As a parent of three SHS grads, I made many trips to the school and I always looked forward to seeing his smile, hearing his laugh and his comments on life. Julia, you wrote a beautiful tribute to your dad and so much of it brought a smile to my face. Ryan you reminded me in many ways of your dad as you offered the eulogy, your delivery was perfect and all "Jim." I wish you all peace, comfort and beautiful memories filled with the joy your dad brought to so many throughout his life.

Posted by Sharon Iovanni - Stoneham, MA - Acquaintance   February 15, 2021

Dear Carino Family, Please accept my most sincere condolences on the passing of Jimmy. I have know Jim since before high school. He was a great family friend. I was greatly saddened when my brother (Jack McDonnell) told us of your loss. You have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Debbie McDonnell DiMare - North Reading, MA - Family Friend   February 15, 2021


Dear Kathy, Ryan, Julia and William,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear husband and father. I hope his memory of love and the happy family times will give the strength to endure the coming day, months and years. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Sandra Riggillo - Reading, MA - Friend   February 15, 2021

Kathy, my deepest condolences to you and your family. It is so impressive how many people Jim impacted. Please know you are in our prayers.

Posted by Dave Boyd - Danville, NH - Coworker   February 15, 2021

Kathy, I was so sad to hear about Jim's death. I'm sorry for your loss & hope your memories of him will be a comfort and a blessing to you.

Posted by Caryl Haddock - Boston, MA - Coworker   February 15, 2021

We are so sorry and saddened to hear of Jim's sudden passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Carino family and the Stoneham High School community at this difficult time. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. Rest In Peace Coach.

Posted by Bev & John DeVirgilio - Lynnfield, MA - Friend   February 14, 2021

Dear Kathy and Family : My sincere condolences on the passing of an old friend ! I had known Him his whole life being born on Jacques St. Somerville . Jim was our next door neighbor and he and his brother John and sister Sharon played together as children ! Later in life Jim and I reunited he a Varsity Soccer Coach and I as Town Travel Team Coach as we spoke Jim would always be eyeing the prospects we were preparing in the Town League . Jim it was a pleasure knowing you and I know you are already missed but will never ever be forgotten !
Respectfully , John Anastas Sr.
May the Lord grant you Eternal Peace ! Amen

Posted by John Anastas - Stoneham, MA - Friend   February 14, 2021

Dear Kathy and Family, We were sadden to hear of the loss of Jim. He was truly loved by everyone he met. There is no one that has the Spartan Spirit as he did. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
The Cullen Family

Posted by Maria Cullen - Stoneham, MA - Friend   February 14, 2021

Dear Kathy and Family, we are very sorry by the loss of one of the nicest guys we have met, played and associate with. Your loss is huge and we share on that. We will miss him a lot. Jim, rest in piece and God Bless to all in the family. Spiros Tourkakis, Peter Franchi and all his friends at the Lynnfield F.C.

Posted by Spiros Tourkakis - Lynnfield, MA - Friend   February 13, 2021

Dear Kathy and family, I was so sorry to hear of your loss of Jim. Condolences to you, the Carino family and the Gehring families. My prayers are with you all. Mary Dublinski

Posted by Mary Dublinski - Staten Island, NY - Family Friend   February 13, 2021


The Vaughan family is very sorry to hear of Mr. Carino's passing. Few people in Stoneham had as much Spartan Spirit and love of sports and community as he did. Our thoughts are with his family.

Posted by The Vaughan Family - STONEHAM, MA - Student   February 13, 2021

Carino Family,
All of our thoughts and prayers are with Jimmy and all of you. He was simply the best! Please don't hesitate to reach out to any one of us if you ever need anything. Rest In Peace Jimmy.
Love always,
Yianacopolus Family❤

Posted by Neil Yianacopolus - Melrose, MA - Friend   February 13, 2021

Coach Carino was a big part of my high school experience. The tennis court was where we connected most, but I'll always remember the room at the back of the library, bus rides to away matches, that famous carnival ball tape, and his presence on walks around my neighborhood. Jimmy was a fixture in Stoneham, and his personality was larger than life.

My heart breaks for the family he's left behind: at home, at school, and in the community. His spirit lives on in the hundreds of lives he touched. So very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Angela (Sciola) Anderson - Malden, MA - Student   February 12, 2021

My heartfelt sorrow to the Carino family on hearing of Jimmy's passing. So many wonderful memories of days long ago spent with all of you. Peace and love, Anne (Cormier) McGinn

Posted by Anne - NH - Friend   February 12, 2021

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