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Joseph Caiola

February 22, 1956 — December 11, 2023

Joseph "Joe" Caiola, a lifelong resident of Bayonne, NJ, and a beloved figure in his community, passed away suddenly on December 11, 2023, in Jersey City, NJ, at the age of 67. Born on February 22, 1956, to Anna and the late Graziano Caiola, Joe was a man who lived a life marked by dedication, skill, and immense generosity.

Joe is survived by a loving family that includes his wife the true love of his life, Kim Marie (nee Baran), his daughter Kaytlyn and her companion Jon Weitzel, his grandson Jon Joseph "JJ" Weitzel, his mother Anna, his brother Vincent and his wife Carole, his mother-in-law Patricia Baran, his father-in-law Donald "Red" Baran, his sister-in-law Patrice and her husband Sal Esposito, and his brothers-in-law Donald, Scott, and the late Brian Baran. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Lisa Baran, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and his fury friend Buster, who will all deeply miss his presence and cherish the memories they have of him. Joe was predeceased by his son, the late Joseph "Rocky" Caiola.

A proud graduate of Bayonne High School, Joe's commitment to his hometown was evident in his longstanding career with the Bayonne Board of Education. For over 48 years, he served as the Transportation Coordinator, a role in which he not only ensured the safe travels of countless children but also became a familiar and trusted face to students and parents alike. Joe's dedication to the Bayonne Board of Education Transportation Department was a testament to his character, reflecting his passion for his work and the community he served.

Joe's talents were many and varied. An avid motorcycle enthusiast, he was also a master fabricator, electrician, auto/motorcycle mechanic, and a true master of all trades. His hands were skilled, and his mind was sharp, allowing him to exceed expectations in every task he undertook. Perfection was not just a goal for Joe; it was a standard he lived by, a trait that earned him respect and admiration from all who knew him. Joe and his brother Vinny conquered life as a true team not only working side by side everyday, taking motorcycle trips together and always maintaining and fixing anything in their way. The “Caiola Boys” defined brotherhood.

Those who had the pleasure of knowing Joe would describe him as incredibly generous, exceptionally handy, and selflessly devoted to others. He was a man who gave without expecting anything in return, who fixed what was broken, not just mechanically but often in spirit, and who put the needs of others before his own. Joe's legacy is one of love, hard work, and an unwavering commitment to his family and community.

The void left by Joe's passing will be profoundly felt by all who were fortunate enough to experience his warmth, his laughter, and his kindness. While we mourn the loss of such a remarkable man, we also celebrate a life that was full of purpose and joy. Joe Caiola's story is one of a life well-lived and a man well-loved.

A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. Joe will be laid to rest near his beloved son Rocky at Holy Name Cemetery, surrounded by those who loved him most. As we say goodbye to Joseph "Joe" Caiola, we hold tight to the memories he has given us, the lessons he has taught us, and the love he has shown us. His spirit will continue to guide us, just as his memory will continue to inspire us.

Rest in peace, Joe. Your legacy will live on in the hearts of your family, your friends, and the many lives you have touched throughout your remarkable journey.

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Service Schedule

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Thursday, December 14, 2023

7:00 - 9:00 pm (Eastern time)

Caiola Stellato Funeral Home

691 Avenue C, Bayonne, NJ 07002

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Friday, December 15, 2023

Starts at 10:45 am (Eastern time)

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Friday, December 15, 2023

Starts at 12:30 pm (Eastern time)

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