Carmen Carl Guarino, 64, of Kenilworth, NJ passed away on Thursday, June 13 at Overlook Hospital. Born in 1954, Carmen grew up in East Orange, NJ, and moved to Kenilworth at age 6 where he spent the majority of his life. Carmen was a health & physical education teacher for 41 years. Aside from being a teacher, he was well known as Coach Guarino amongst his peers and his community. His passion was showcased through coaching high school sports such as football, track & field, wrestling, and bowling. His career brought him to different high schools across the state, including Union, Millburn, East Side, Manville, Bridgewater, and Livingston. Whichever sport he coached, he was able to lead his teams to success. His career highlights include multiple undefeated seasons & state championships at Union HS in football, track, & wrestling. In 2000, Carmen was brought to Millburn HS to revive a struggling football program. Two years later, Coach Guarino led them to their first winning season in 29 years, earning himself the Independent Press “Coach of the Year”. In 2006, he led them to their first playoff game in school history. He was always able to find a way to win, and those lucky enough to have been coached by him will always remember him greatly. Carmen was a mentor for those he worked with, the players he coached, and the students he taught. The influence he has placed on his peers, players, & students will carry his legacy on forever. Carmen loved coaching, but he loved his family the most. Carmen thrived at family gatherings. Carmen was the life of the party, the storyteller, the jokester, and the photographer. He loved to capture each moment as they came, regardless of how much his family said “stop with the photos already!” Carmen loved taking his family to Yankee Stadium and vacationing in Wildwood Crest every summer. Carmen was a proud father of his two children, Gina, 29, & Carmen Jr., 27. He will be remembered through his children, his surviving mother, Helen, 86 and his brother Emil, 63.
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