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Condolence From: Gary Carlberg
Dear Larry and Kathy,

Gary Carlberg here from Oakmont on Third Street. I first want to pass on my sincere condolences on the passing of Jim. I have a lot of fond, fond memories of Jim when i was both young and after I graduated college. See, Jim and i were roomates for a while in Dallas, TX together and took what i remember as one of the most memorable trips of my lifetime.

First, to when I was young as a little kid growing up on Third Street. Growing up on Third Street, Jimmy was King. Everyone wanted to be around him and hang out with him. He used to host a lot of the sleep-overs we had, and he was leader of our little bicycle " gang " we had, riding all over lower Oakmont pretending we were Jim Mannix and his posse. We were cool, and Jim was our leader.

We used to have wiffle ball games in his yard and Jim was always the Oakland A's and always used to hit home runs over the hedges into Provenza's yard. To this day, when i see or hear the Oakland A's, I think of Jim. Even though i was several years ( many in fact ), he always welcomed me and never tried to get rid of me. Even tough Mrs. Pizzuto tried her best and some of the other kids did, Jimmy always let me play with them.

I remember when Jimmy broke his leg in high school playing baseball. All of us waited on him hand and foot. He would sit on a chaise lounge on the back porch and bark out orders to everyone, get me this, get me that. We used to have some epic Monopoly games that would last for days, i mean days. We would set everything inside and restart the next day. I always seem to wonder how he always ended up with Park Place and Boardwalk, always seem to work that way. We would sit and hang out with him on the porch almost all day long.

I also vividly remember playing hockey on the little hockey game he had in the little room leading up to the attic. His Italian grandmother lived there and would always smile at us as she could not speak English. That was always fun playing those hockey games with him. As a matter of fact, when i would return to Oakmont, several times we would go to the Penguins games together. I remember the first time i went with him, we were at the game and with about one minute to go in the period, it was all quite. And with one minute and about four seconds, Jimmy stands up and yells " How much time left in the period ?". And at exactly one minute left in the period, the PA announcer would say " One minute left in the period, one minute left ". Like he was answering Jimmy's question of how much time was left in the period. To this very day, i tell people this story, and have even done it once or twice myself. That memory will last with me forever. And even when i watch a hockey game on TV, and they show one minute left in the period and i can hear the PA announcer announcing it, i think of Jimmy, i can't help too.............

We always used to want to be on Jimmy's side playing hockey growing up has he had a wicked slapshot and noone wanted to be in front of it when he let loose. If he and Hoss Delmonico both were playing, we would not let them both be on the same side together, that would have just been unfair.

Oh, another memory of mine where Jimmy was involved, was I bought a orange spider bike and it had really cool handle bars. We were in my backyard and Jimmy want to ride it and go over a jump we had built. Well, as you know, Jimmy was not the lightest person growing up, and when he landed, the bicycle literally broke in half. I couldn't believe my eyes. It was funny looking back on it...........

Now, for some memories from when i lived in Dallas, TX after college. Jimmy had gotten ahold of me and asked if he could come down to visit me in Dallas. I said sure, that would be great. Well, did he sure show me a good time. We used to go to a nightclub called " Studebakers " that was based on the '50s and 60's theme. It was a lot of fun and Jimmy and i used to go every weekend, both Friday and Saturday night. I also remember Jimmy was there the day the American Airlines plane crashed at DFW. That was a big deal. I remember everyone would be out at the pool and Jimmy would be inside because it was too hot out. He could not take the extreme heat of Dallas.

Well, Jimmy got a sales job selling Manitoc Ice makers. He had to travel around trying to sell them to restaurants. Well, he didn't miss too many meals while visiting the restaurants, i can tell you that. I remember he would tell me, he would drive an hours to a sales call, make the sales pitch, then have to go the bathroom and drive all the way back to our apartment to go to the bathroom, It was hilarious that he would drive all that way just to go to the bathroom. I asked him why and he said he was more comfortable in his own bathroom. Pure Pizutto !!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally, once his money ran out, he wanted to try going out west to stay with someone, so we decided to drive from Dallas, TX to Las Vegas, NV to see my dad. I'll tell you, we experienced almost every weather event you can in a day and half drive. It was sunny when we left, we had tornado warnings in West Texas, hail further on, snow in Flagstaff, Arizona, then finally 100 degree heat when we go to Las Vegas. I always tell people about that trip as it was the only time in my life i experience so many weather things in one trip. It was really amazing. We had a real blast on that drive, and it was the memory of a lifetime for me.

Finally, on my second to most recent visit to Oakmont, Mark Provenza and I called Jim and he met us at Carnivores in Oakmont. We were so happy to see each other, we had not seen each other for years, and it was like we never left one another. We talked and laughed and hugged, and Jim was so genuienly happy to see me, he kept hugging me and saying how happy he was we saw each other. I am sooooo happy i saw him that time, it is something i will always cherish. The last time i was in Oakmont, we call Jim to see if we could hook up again, but unfortunately it was the first time he had to go into the hospital for his cancer. I was disappointed that we could not meet up.

All these memories will stay with me forever. One thing Jimmy and i had for each other were these nicknames we called each other from the Dallas days. His was " Zoots " and mine was " Geebs "............. We continued to call each other that every time we either saw each other or spoke on the phone.

I want to tell you and your family's how great is was to know Jimmy how I did and having him be a part of my life. I have many many great memories to this day of all the things from my childhood and adulthood. We used to laugh and call jimmy the " Ralph Cramden " of our time, driving the bus and everything. Jimmy had an infectious personality. I always said he would have been a great talk show host, as he could talk for hours to just nobody.

Well, i hope you find this helpful, Jimmy was like and loved by many people, and i am sure all those people have their own version of Jim Pizzuto story's. He was one of a kind. I will really really miss him as i am sure you and many others will also.

Please pass my condolenceses onto the rest of your families please.

Take care,

Gary Carlberg
Monday May 28, 2018