James “Jim” M. Caliandro
James Michael Caliandro, 59, a resident of Cape Coral, FL for the past three months, formerly of Ottertail County, MN and Fargo, ND, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2019 in Cape Coral, after a 15-month battle with cancer. He was born March 18, 1959 in Wheaton, MD to James and Kathleen Caliandro, now deceased.
Jim grew up in Wheaten, Maryland and moved with his mother and younger sister to Houston, TX in 1976, where he graduated from high school and embarked on his life-long carpentry career. He returned to Maryland in 1984 where he opened a small business, Maryland Laminates. Jim moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1994 where he continued his carpentry career by installing wood and other hard-surface flooring. In 2000 he moved to a lake home on North Turtle Lake near Underwood, Minnesota. He continued his carpentry and flooring installation career by opening another small business, James M. Caliandro, Inc. which he owned and operated until October 2018.
He married his wife, Colleen, in 2009 and they maintained a residence in Fargo, North Dakota, where they both worked until October 2018, returning to their Minnesota lake home every weekend.
Jim was a fun-loving, out-going, generous person, who was quick to make a friend and just as quick to help a friend or family member in need. Jim loved music and loved listening to the many local bands in the Fargo area. He especially enjoyed hosting several “Stoopapalooza” music festivals at his lake home over the years. Jim always said the people in the North Dakota/Minnesota area were the nicest people he’d ever met, and he enjoyed living there and enjoyed the friendships he made there.
He is survived by his wife, Colleen Caliandro of Cape Coral; three step sons, Jeff Eberle (Elizabeth) of Bronxville, NY, Jason Eberle (Paulette) of Mankato, MN, and Patrick Eberle (Michelle) of Cape Coral; five sisters, Mary Caliandro of Houston, TX, Jeannie Caliandro of San Antonio, TX, Margaret Montuori (Carl) of Bethesda, MD, Lorey Shrader of Houston, TX, and Angela Caliandro (Jim) of Katie, TX; four nephews, Matthew Smith (Frances) of San Antonio, TX, Ryan Smith (Autumn) of San Antonio, TX, Joseph Caddigan of Houston, TX, and Michael Shrader (Alyssa) of Aldie, VA; six grandchildren, Jayla, Madison, Lilly, Grace, Wyatt, and Elise; as well as eight great nieces and nephews.
A family Celebration of Life will be held in TX at a later date and a Celebration of Life will be held in Fargo, ND at a later date.
Memorial Contributions in memory of James Michael Caliandro are suggested to the American Cancer Society,4575 Via Royale #110, Fort Myers FL 33919 or to local Hospice organizations. ( In SW Florida: 9470 Healthpark Cir., Fort Myers, FL 33908)
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.