Our precious father, Jim Cariddi, 88, Lee's
Summit, MO, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on
Friday, July 15, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital due to complications of a
Services will be held at St. Mark's Catholic
Church, 3736 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence, MO 64055. The Rosary
will be prayed at 1:30 p.m. followed by Visitation from 2-8 p.m. on
Thursday, July 21. The Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10 a.m.
Friday, July 22, with entombment to follow at Mount Olivet Mausoleum.
Jim was born October 4, 1927, to Giuseppe and Gracia Cariddi. He
attended Garfield Elementary and Northeast High School graduating in
1944. He served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Cadet at
Cornell University, received his B.A. in Mathematics from Park College
in 1949, and his Master of Education from the University of
Missouri-Columbia in 1951. James, "Mr. Cariddi", began his long and
productive career of 35 years as a Mathematics teacher at Northeast High
School 1951-1970, Assistant Principal at Northeast High School
1970-1982, Principal at Northeast Junior High School 1982-84, and
Assistant Principal at Van Horn High School 1984-86. Upon retirement he
served as Alumni Director at Park University 1986-89, and Mathematics
Professor at Longview College 1990-2010. Most recently, at the age of
88, you could find Jim smiling and serving customers on the front end of
Hy-Vee Grocery Store.
Jim was a born educator. He loved learning and loved helping others to
learn. He loved each and every one of his students. His forever love,
after his wife and family, was Northeast High School, his community, and
Park University. He was so proud to have been a Golden Tiger at the
Northeast Community Center where his life-changing mentors, Dr.
Bisceglia and Frank Procopio, were responsible for giving him the
opportunity to attend college.
Jim was very active in the community as evidenced by his participation
in many organizations including the Kansas City School Administrators
Association, Schoolmasters Club, Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity, UNICO,
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, American Sons of Columbus,
American Legion, St. Mark's Catholic Church and Choir, Kansas City
Museum Trustee and Board of Governors, Northeast Community Center Board
of Directors, Boy Scouts of America Lone Star District Chairman,
National and Missouri Associations of Secondary School Principals,
Northeast High School Alumni Association, University of Missouri Alumni
Association, Park College Alumni Association Past-President, and
countless other groups and organizations. As a Boy Scout in the Tribe of
Mic-O-Say Jimmy reached the rank of Eagle Scout earning 52 merit badges
and 3 palms. He was part of the Gumba’s, who sang Italian love songs.
Even though he was only 5'7" there was nothing small about Jim Cariddi.
He never knew a stranger and never had an enemy. He started every
conversation with "So, where'd YOU go to school?" A child of the
Depression, he learned to be very resourceful and could fix anything. He
loved his toothpick! Jim really loved the game of golf (three
holes-in-one), music, his girls, Sudoku, whistling calls without his
fingers, coupons, and the Royals. He once sent back a letter that his
daughter wrote home from college corrected with a red pen! He was known
for the toot-toot of his horn as he passed you or left to say goodbye in
his car with his MZZZZU license plate. Jim passed away at 4:55 p.m.,
just in time for him and Mae to catch the “Early Bird Special”.
Jim was preceded in death one year ago by his loving wife Mae of 63
years; his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Anna and George Lomonte;
sisters Lena and Mamie; and son-in-law Joseph H. Wickey.
Survivors include his daughters and sons-in law, Grace Ann and Frank
Ancona, Ginna Terrill, Joette and Steve Brownrigg, Anna Marie Mathenia
and former son-in-law Kelly Mathenia; grandchildren, Philip, Ginna
(Diego), Alissa, Maegan (Kyle), Christy (G), Jimmy, Nicholas, Andrea,
Sicily, Valentino, Remy; 14 great-grandchildren; great-niece Lisa
Alexander; and many other nieces, nephews and godchildren.
Special thanks to the medical staff and chaplains of St. Luke’s Hospital
for their compassionate care of our loving father.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Jim & Mae Cariddi
Endowed Scholarship Fund for Students of Italian Heritage at Park
Pallbearers: Philip Ancona, Jimmy Witkowski, Nicholas Brownrigg,
Valentino Mathenia, Remy Mathenia, Gerald White, Diego Gutierrez, Kyle
Honorary Pallbearers: Shawn Bolten, Douglas Giese, Frank Ancona, Steve