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Painesville Location

1000 Mentor Avenue Painesville, Ohio 44077

Willoughby Location

38001 Euclid Avenue Willoughby, Ohio 44094

Mentor Location

6330 Center Street Mentor, Ohio 44060


James “Jim” Caruso

04/06/1957 — 01/19/2021

James “Jim” Caruso, age 63 of Eastlake, passed away January 19, 2021 at Hillcrest Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

Jim was a barber and owner of Village Salon in Mentor where he enjoyed all of his clients. He was a beloved school bus driver for the Mentor school district and formerly of Painesville school district. He absolutely loved the children he bused, and they loved him.

Jim was loving and giving and would do anything for anyone. He was an avid boater who cherished taking walks with his wife and grandchildren on the beach of Lake Erie. His greatest joy was his grandchildren.

Jim is the loving husband and best friend of Debbie Caruso (nee Knop); dearest step father of William Jenkins and Nicholas (Justine) Jenkins; grandfather of Alberta Louise Jenkins, Nicholas Allen Jenkins, Maycee, Nate and Shawn; son of Tony (Nona) Caruso and Donna (Lou) Thompson; brother of Kim (Nick) Trem, Karen Miller, Caroline (Greg) Suba, Michael Caruso, Mary (John) McKeon, John Caruso, Shelly Thompson and Deanna (Jeff) Morganti; brother in law of Robert (Marty) Knop, William (Francine) Knop and Jeffrey (Terry) Knop; uncle of many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly; loving neighbor of many.

A Funeral Service will be held at Noon Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Willoughby Friends Church, 2846 Som Center Rd., Willoughby Hills. The service will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl1tqqG0ep3EjUuxulMn-7g/featured Masks and social distancing will be required.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lakeview Bible Church, 7510 Reynolds Rd., Mentor OH 44060.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Jeff Monreal Funeral & Cremation Services.

A portrait photo of James "Jim" Caruso smiling


January 23, 2021




Willoughby Friends Church

2846 Som Center Rd., Willoughby Hills