Jim Casoff was born on Dec. 24, 1946, and died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007. He graduated from Archbishop Malloy High School in Queens, N.Y., and attended Ohio State University, studying horticulture. He was believed to have served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.
Jim operated his own tree-cutting and landscaping business for 30 years in the Aspen area. He also owned and operated several cabs in the area. He worked as a cashier at the City Market in Aspen for the past 10 years. He lived at the old Agate lodge in Aspen for a long period of time, and most recently lived in the Alpina House for approximately the last 10 years. Jim passed away on his favorite holiday of the year, Mardi Gras. He frequently wore Mardi Gras beads all year long. Halloween was another of Jim’s favorite holidays.
He always dressed up and frequently won the prize for the best costume at the City Market Aspen Halloween party.
Unknown to most people was Jim’s skill as a tenor singer. Jim had many talents, but was not the kind of person to talk about his own accomplishments. He would rather discuss politics or music, which he did, on a frequent basis with his customers and co-workers.
Jim’s customers and co-workers were the closest family that he had and there has been a wonderful outpouring of support for Jim and also many fond remembrances of his personality and life.
Services will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, with burial at Red Butte Cemetery in Aspen following. There will be light refreshments downstairs at Aspen City Market after the burial.
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