James was very mischievous and curious as a child. He was an insatiable reader, especially enjoying science fiction and books on military history and aircrafts. He was the original Jersey boy, spending many summers at his parent’s beach house in Seaside Heights, NJ where he became an accomplished fisherman and crabber. As a teen, he was a medal-winning debater and, for a short time, a high school wrestler. He became proficient at photography, auto mechanics, and an expert on military history. James was sometimes boisterous, always loud but had a tender heart for the disadvantaged and lost. He graduated from South Hagerstown High school in 1970.
After moving to Orlando, Florida James met and married his wife Betty-Jo Carlo on June 21, 1987. Together they raised their two children, Barbara Carlo and Robert Russell.
James was a strong, smart, fun, and loving man. He enjoyed history, science-fiction, books, NASCAR, movies, and making people smile. His energy and mood were contagious and he will be forever missed.
James is survived by his wife Betty-Jo Carlo; his children, Barbara Carlo and Robert Russell; his brother Peter Carlo; and his two grandchildren, Kai and Eli McLeod.