Charles Calderone was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 8, 1928. He went home to be with the Lord on July 9, 2021. He was one of 9 children born to Angela Bivona and Salvatore Calderone. Charlie grew up in East New York along with his siblings. He was close to his brothers and sisters and loved all his nieces and nephews.
His greatest love was being a mechanic. He took a course at the Brooklyn High School of Automotive Trades in Automobile Mechanics in 1946. He volunteered for the US Army in 1946, going to basic training in Fort Lee, NJ. He was then sent to occupied Japan as a mechanic, coming back to the US in 1948. He opened his own gas/service station in Ozone Park. After selling the station, he continued to work at Marty’s Service Center in West Hempstead until he was compelled to retire at 81 years old because of a hip replacement. He loved going to work every day, talking with all the customers, and especially enjoyed every day laughs working alongside of Marty.
Charlie was a devoted husband to Rose, to whom he was married for 67 years. He was a devoted father to Robert and Donna, and a devoted grandfather to Ronnie, Michael, and Sara. He was predeceased by his son Robert, whom he and Rose took care of for decades. He looked forward to spending time with his daughter and her family. His was famous for his many speeches, written down, and sharing them with his family at dinner. He was a beautiful example of deep commitment and love for his family. Above all, he was a family man who lived to take care of his family.
He attended church for many years at the Bethlehem Assembly of God in Valley Stream. He will be greatly missed by both family and friends.
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