Vincent Cardinale

Jim Cardinale

Wednesday, May 2nd, 1934 - Friday, February 7th, 2020
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Vincent “Jim” Cardinale of South Glen Falls, NY passed away on Friday morning February 7th surrounded by his loving family. Born May 2,1934 in Fort Edward, New York to Italian immigrants Antonio and Nunzicata (Pagano) Cardinale, Jim was 1 of 9 children. As he was raised by his aunt and uncle, Jim learned at a very young age what hard work and perseverance was. He completed some schooling in Fort Edward, but left early to go work on a family farm. Eventually leaving to join the United States Army, serving his country was one of his proudest moments. Before leaving he met and married the love of his life Lois Lyons, together they began their love story stationed in El Paso, Texas.

After coming back to the area Jim was a mechanic at various repair shops working long hours to support his family. In 1961 he opened Jim’s Atlantic later becoming Jim’s Arco on Main Street, in South Glens Falls. Later moving down the road to what is now known as Cardinale’s Car Care. He was so very proud of this accomplishment as he was in the process of watching the second and third generations successions. Jim was known as a master mechanic and a collector of EVERYTHING, old car enthusiast and a man with a heart of gold. With a warm smile always eager to help out those less fortune, especially if they needed a new radiator hose or a shot of whiskey. Family and Friends were everything to Jim, dad or gramps. His greatest birthday gift was his daughter MaryJo born on his 24th birthday. Jim and Lois continued their love story with four sons, Peter, Mark, Jay and Jamie whom he was extremely proud of all their accomplishments, dedication and hard work.

One of his fondness memories was traveling with Lois and their son Mark all over the country. Jim enjoyed his car club, going to car show and had quite the collection of antique cars. He loved vacationing in Florida and had many friends across the country. In his later years he enjoyed his camp on the Hudson River, clam bakes, snowmobiling, boating, and tinkering in his garage.

Beside his parents Jim was predeceased by his sibling, Frank, Carman, Joseph, Samuel, Anthony, and Carmella. One of Jim’s toughest moments was losing his best friend and son in law Stephen “Spoon” Barody.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife Lois of 63 years, one sister Josephine Harris, daughter MaryJo Barody (Dave), Son’s Peter (Michelle) Cardinale, Jay (Patricia) Cardinale, Mark (Ander) Cardinale, Jamie (Stacey) Cardinale. Grandchildren Geremia, Adrianne, Lyndsey, Michael, Jason, Kristina, Justin, Collin, Dylan, Trey, Gavin, Cameron, Ashlynn, Aidan and his favorite grand-fur babies Blacky and Ellie. Great grandchildren Logan, Liliana and Stevie, Tye, Brodie, Cody, Hunter, Stella and Spencer. All of us will forever miss his “gimme nobasz (kisses)” immensely. Many nieces, nephews and friends. His Southern son Rick and his side kid Randy Barrett.

The Family would like to thank those special angels toward the end of dad’s journey Elaine, Brett, Cheryl, Brad and Shaun the wonderful nurses at the Pines. Thank you all for your love and support.

Friends may call from 4-7pm on Thursday, February 13th, at the M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main Street, South Glens Falls, NY 12803.

Burial will be held in the spring at a later date to be announced at the Gerald B.H Solomon Saratoga National Veterans Cemetery in Saratoga.

Memorial donations in Jim’s memory can be made to Fisher House, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home - SGF
    136 Main Street
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  • Interment

    Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
    200 Duell Road
    Schuylerville, NY 12871
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    Burial will be held in the spring at a later date to be announced at the Gerald B.H Solomon Saratoga National Veterans Cemetery in Saratoga.


Donations are being accepted for: Fisher House.


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Jeannie Waimon mon

Posted at 04:42pm
Sorry to hear of JIM'S PASSING. My Mom and I have many good memories of this family. You are in our prayers today. Jeannie Bean Waimon and MOM lilas punky Bean

Mary alheim

Posted at 11:50am
I am so sorry for your loss. I just found out today about Jim's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lonnie Bolster Bell

Posted at 10:28pm
I am very sorry for your loss. My parents Bo and shorty Bolster used to bring their cars to Cardinale car care. I remember when I would bring the car down I always had a good time. There was never a dull moment.

Bonnie Trombley

Posted at 06:43pm
Dear Lois & Family,

We are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We have some very fond memories of Jim & you from our times in Florida and at home in Glens Falls. We were very fond of Jim and will miss him very much. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill & Bonnie Trombley

Michael McKenna

Posted at 02:43pm
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss. He leaves fond memories with all that knew him.
- Beth & Mike McKenna

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