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James Vincent Cariddi, Sr. 1915-2012 NORTH ADAMS Mr. James Vincent Cariddi, Sr.,96 of 1125 State Rd. North Adams, died Tuesday April 10, 2012 at North Adams Regional Hospital. He was born in North Adams, on July 7, 1915, son of Frank and Antoinette (Scida) Cariddi. He attended local schools and later received a certificate from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce. Jim was a veteran of World War II and served in the US Army as a private first class with the 612th Ordnance Base Armored Maintenance Battalion from February 15, 1943 until his honorable discharge on January 15, 1946. He fought as a marksman in the European theater of operation in the battles of the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. Jim was a true entrepreneur and salesman, beginning his career by selling newspapers and renting bicycles on Main Street in North Adams. His first official business venture began in the early 1930's when he owned and operated over 50 juke boxes throughout the city, recruiting his brothers and sisters to assist him. He then started the Mohawk Tasty Bits Co. With the help of his family, he packaged roasted peanuts and garlic and other items for sale in local variety stores. In 1936, he established Cariddi Sales Co., a wholesale business which began in the basement of his parent's home. As business expanded, the company moved its wholesale distribution offices to Bank Street in North Adams. Product lines were added and more employees and salespeople joined the company. The business grew to serve every New England state and New York state to the Canadian border, and as far south as Pennsylvania. The company eventually moved to State Street in North Adams until moving to its present location on State Road, with seventy-six years of operation. He was a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. He was a member of the National Association of Wholesalers. Jim was a member of the Frank R. Stiles Post #125 American Legion; the Dr. George L. Curran Post #996 VFW; Sons of Italy Lodge #704; and the North Adams Elks. Jim was a deputy sheriff in Berkshire County, holding badge#119. He was active in the community as a member of the Drury High School Building Committee; a member of the board of directors of the First Agricultural Bank; and a member of the Democratic City Committee. He was a founding partner of the Valley Park Lanes bowling alley. He enjoyed golf and was a longtime member of the North Adams Country Club and the Taconic Golf Club. Jim enjoyed reading. He was devoted to his family and was a mentor to many of his nieces and nephews. His wife was the former Rhea L. Dargis, who died on September 3, 1995. They were married on February 3, 1953. Survivors include two daughters; state Representative Gailanne Cariddi and Antoinette Cariddi, both of North Adams, one son; David Cariddi of North Adams; two grandchildren- Monique Cariddi and Dominick Cariddi. He also leaves five sisters; Mary Bergeron of Greenfield; JoAnn Maselli of Clarksburg; Jennie Tamasi of Schenectady, N.Y.; Katherine Mogavero of Pittsfield; and Frances Brown of Georgetown, Mass. One brother; Joseph Cariddi of North Adams. Nieces, Nephews, Grandnieces, and Grandnephews. His son, James V. Cariddi Jr. died on December 8, 1992. Two brothers and one sister are deceased including Ann DeMeo, Ralph Cariddi, and Patrick Cariddi. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for James V. Cariddi will be celebrated Saturday April 14, 2012 at 12 Noon at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery in Adams. Calling hours are private. Flowers may be sent. The FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 12, 2012
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