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Coughlin Funeral Home
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Califon, New Jersey 07830
Phone: (908) 832-2414


Born: 11/04/1947
Died: 11/24/2017
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James "Jim" Anthony Staiano

James “Jim” Anthony Staiano, a lifelong Hunterdon County resident, passed away on November 24, 2017, following complications from a heart transplant. He was 70 years old.

Jim was born November 4, 1947, in Somerville, NJ to Emma and Louis Staiano of Califon, NJ.  He graduated from North Hunterdon High School in 1965 and American University in 1969.  

Jim was an avid sports fan and particularly proud of his baseball achievements. He often told the motivating story of being cut from the freshman baseball team at NHHS. He had such a love for the game and confidence in himself that he asked the coach for a second chance. He ultimately made the team and went on to play for the next 12 plus years.  He excelled as the catcher and cleanup hitter at American University, where he held the RBI for a single season record and capped off his final at bat with a grand slam. 

Following college, Jim returned to Hunterdon County and was very proud to be a part of the semi-pro Tri County Baseball League, which was highlighted in the book Covered Wooden Grandstands, adopted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014. As a young man, Jim taught at the NJ State Reformatory in Annandale. He told many stories from his days working at the Reformatory, including the riot of 1973. Later that same year, Jim and his brother Bill had the opportunity to take on their father’s manufacturing and retail business, Staiano Wood Products, Inc. For the next 35 years, Jim enjoyed the ups and downs of running a local family business. The biggest joy for him was when friends old and new, near and far would swing by or call the store just to say hello. 

Jim’s passion in life, however, was golf.  He golfed from the time he was a young child until the week he went for the transplant. He was an excellent golfer, who over his lifetime, enjoyed playing courses around the country and the world.  Unquestionably though, what Jim enjoyed most about golf, was simply playing countless rounds of a game he loved with people he loved. Jim’s even temperament, friendly nature and admirable skill were evident to all who joined him in chasing the little white ball. 

Jim was a people person. He loved his family and friends immensely and was a quietly sentimental soul. He was especially proud of his children, Stephanie Staiano Donlon (Jeff), of Bethlehem Township, Anthony Staiano (Jennifer) of Lakeland, FL and Andrew Staiano (Chrysa) of Bethlehem Township, and their families.  He will be missed tremendously by his children and grandchildren, his brother Bill and family, as well as the countless friends and extended family, whose lives he touched.

A visitation will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017, from 4-6 PM in the Coughlin Funeral Home 15 Academy Street, Califon NJ 07830 and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 11 AM in the Lower Valley Presbyterian Church 445 County Rd 513, Califon, NJ 07830. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory should be made to the American Heart Association.

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Tony, so sorry for the loss of your Father. Deepest sympathy from your Miller Electric Family.
Rhonda Mustillo
So sorry to hear the passing of Jim. Jim was a long time friend and golfing buddy. As a fellow furniture retailer Jim was always helpful any time I needed his assistance.He was always upbeat and will be missed by all. Steve Milberger Melrose Furniture
Stephen milberger
Stephanie, Tony, Andy and families. I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I saw him in the summer and he was so excited with the expectation of a transplant in the fall and how it would improve his life and importantly his golf game. Prayers to all of you. John Fahey
John Fahey
Stephanie, Tony and Andy: We are sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Losing a parent is always a very difficult time. We are thinking of you fondly.
Todd & Cindy Woerner
Our deepest sympathy to the Staiano family. I remember Jim was a sweet and kind person who enjoyed being with his friends and playing ball. May you have peace knowing he was well liked by all. May God bless you all. Keep him close to you in your heart by all the wonderful memories you had together. RIP Jim. Susan Hintz Berg and family
Susan "Hintz" Berg
I had the pleasure of meeting Jim while working at the senior center in Califon I can?t remember a single day when he came into play bridge that he didn?t have a smile on his face and a nice thought to share I will miss laughing and chitchatting with him God bless you Jim
Anne Carlucci
My fond memories of playing baseball in the North Hunterdon Little League were enhanced by overlapping on the same team with Jim and Bill. So sorry.
Jack Jakucyk Whispering Pines, NC
Stephanie, Tony, sad to hear this news after such a hopeful surgery. We're thinking of you all and will remember your dad with that great smile! Sharyn and Dave Huray
Sharyn and Dave Huray
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We have known him for many,many years and our conversations will always be remembered. Our sincere sympathy to the entire family. Pam and Mike Cullen
Mike Cullen
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We have known him for many,many years and our conversations will always be remembered. Our sincere sympathy to the entire family. Pam and Mike Cullen
Mike Cullen
So sorry to hear about Jim's passing. I know how proud he was of all his children and your families. He will be missed. Your all in my prayers.
Virginia Staiano
Stephanie, Tony, Andy and family, It is with deep sorrow and sympathy that I write this. It is hard to image not seeing Jim again. One of the best memories I will have came about a month ago when I played golf in the same golf benefit with your father. He enjoyed golf as he always did and catching up on old times with him and the others at the Califon fFire Dept golf outing. He had the ability to make almost anyone smile with his personality.
Bob Manning
Jim was one of the first people I met when I started my decorating company over 13 years ago. It was always such a pleasure going to Staianos Furniture and working with them to help make my clients house a home. Jim taught me so much about furniture and business but the most important thing that Jim showed me was how much he cared about people with his honesty and kindness and the true meaning of customer service I will miss him very much but know he will always be a part Staianos Furniture. My thoughts and prayers are with you all Susan Hayes
Susan Hayes.
Jim was a great person and friend.He was part of a group of guys who liked to have fun back in the 60's and 70's. Rest in Peace old friend
ron compton
Please know that I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Enjoyed wonderful softball years with your dad, he was an amazing person and athlete who shared his love and passion for sports.
Donna Exley
Steff, Tony and Andy-- so sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. He had the best smile, it makes me smile to think of him.
Bob and Zoe Bleck
Jim was a wonderful person and we count it a blessing to have known him. Our prayers go out to you,the family. We share in your grief.
Bruce and Roxanne Alpaugh
It seems like yesterday when I was watching Jimmy hit balls out of the friendly confines of Kephardt Field in Clinton, and running down foul pop-ups behind the plate. It was only yesterday when we sat in his business in Califon with Ralph Steele telling stories about those baseball days for our book "Covered Wooden Grandstands" Jim was a pisser, with a smile that lite up a room and stories of the good old days to boot. He was a guy that loved life, loved his family and cared about the good things. He is missed by all of us old timers that loved a good game. He will be missed.
Lowell Snare
I am very sorry to hear of Jim's unexpected passing. His sense of humor, fashion sense and brutally honest critique of my golf game will forever be remembered and missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Kevin Williams
Steph, Tony, & Andy My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this sad time. I spent several years playing rec volleyball where Dad showed how he loved to compete, the game always ended with his great smile win or loose. Sincerely, Mrs Gross Remember Valley View
Janis Gross
My sincerest condolences to the Staiano family. I only recently learned of Jim's passing. I first came in contact with Jim on the baseball field back in the early 1960's. I played for Delaware Valley Regional while Jim played for North Hunterdon Regional. We had many great battles as rivals. We renewed our rivalry in college. Jim played for American University and I played for Rider University. Even though we were rivals on the field we became good friends. We later became teammates when we both played for Clinton in the Tri-County Baseball League in central Jersey. We shared many great times on the baseball field but also off the field. Too many stories to tell but one of my favorites......during our college years Jim and I were dating two young ladies who were friends and both attended Mansfield College in Pennsylvania. One weekend Jim and I drove to Mansfield to spend time with our girlfriends and to attend a Letterman's concert. After the concert we had a little too much to drink and stood on a hillside overlooking the campus and started singing all the Letterman songs. Apparently, a few of the coeds didn't appreciate our singing because it wasn't long before the campus police approached us and asked us to stop making a disturbance. So much for our singing careers. Jim and I lost contact for many years but we did get an opportunity to reconnect a few years ago via facebook and some great phone conversations, mostly reminiscing about our baseball days and catching up. He was a good friend, a great guy, a funny guy with a great sense of humor.
Lane Cyphers
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