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James W. Baldino, Jr., 79, of Mission, Kansas, formally from Nutley, New Jersey, and retired to Toms River, New Jersey in 1998. passed away November 11, 2018 at his home in Mission, Kansas. A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM, Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society in Raytown, Missouri. Visitation will be held from 10:00AM – 11:00AM.
Jim was born May 26, 1939 in Passaic, New Jersey and resided in Nutley, New Jersey. James graduated from Nutley High School in 1957. After high school he tried out for the Brooklyn Dodgers. James entered the Army in 1960 and played for the Army baseball team. Because of his talent, he was the only player with just high school experience to play on the team. After serving two years in the army he came home and worked at Hoffman La-Roche Pharmaceutical until he retired in 1996. Because of his love and knowledge of sports, he became a referee and umpire
for 37 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents James (Willie Hop) and Josephine, brothers, Carmen and Pete, sisters Angie Lucchetti, Fritzie Lanno, and Marion Gingerelli.
Survivors include wife Connie (Manske) a multitude of family including sisters and brothers in law, nieces and nephews and his faithful dog, Ziggy.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Pancreatic Cancer Research and Good Shepherd Hospice of Leawood, KS.