Obituary of Charles E. Carbone
Charlie Carbone was a Buffalo original. A husband and uncle and friend. A sailor and tech enthusiast. A craftsman and autodidact. A lifelong learner and a wizened old soul with a heart bigger than Lake Erie. A teacher and renaissance man. A gregarious and loving man who never met a stranger. A man who liked a good time and an Italian red.
He was born on the west side of Buffalo, lived in Buffalo all his years, and it’s here that he met the love of his life, his wife and co-captain of 43 years, Gloria. It was also here in Buffalo that he met his cadre of lifelong friends, a unique and special group of men, whom he had known since early childhood. Often the hub of this group, Charlie cherished and celebrated their camaraderie spanning six and seven decades. He was godfather and uncle and friend to all, their children and their grandchildren.
Charlie’s counsel was sought out and welcomed by so many. He loved to mentor and share his enthusiasm and knowledge with everyone. His interests knew no bounds. He learned Chinese. He was a knowledgeable investor and shared his expertise with his nephews and others. He was always an early adopter of technology, owning the first Texas Instrument calculator and the first Apple MacIntosh computer. He made instructional videos for the Buffalo Public Schools showcasing the technology used to educate Special Education students here. He filmed and edited countless videos of his nieces and nephews documenting their childhood antics, with accompanying music.
If you were ever at Charlie and Gloria’s, you know the amazing woodworking skills that Charlie honed in his retirement. Mastering the Greene & Greene Arts and Craftsman Style he so admired, he produced stunning furniture for their home.
Charlie was always looking for the unexpected, the joke, the funny, too. His ever popular “Secret Door” to the basement, never ceased to amuse the young and old alike. And after they experienced it, you could surely hear a big, warm, satisfied laugh from Charlie.
Sailing was probably Charlie’s biggest passion. He shared that love with Gloria. They waited each spring for the day they’d put the boat in the water and enjoy their first sail of the season. They took their 28-foot sailboat, the “Secret Passage,” all through the Great Lakes and up to the Thousand Islands. They took long and memorable voyages with their nephew Jason. They had weekly sails with their friends and family and “crews”. They shared their love of the sea with each other and so many. Charlie and Gloria’s life on the boat highlights all the best parts of their partnership: the teamwork, the shared experiences, relying on each other both during difficult sails and rescues at sea, and on the sunniest days and calmest waters. Their mutual love of the sea only surpassed by their love of each other.
As fall came to Western New York, the last sail of the season was always on Columbus Day. Fittingly, then, we are all here to gather and send Charlie off today, on his last sail. The Captain.
Carbone, Charles E. “Charlie” Suddenly October 10, 2019 of Derby, NY. Beloved husband of Gloria Cannon; devoted uncle of Jason (Karen) Carbone, Charles Carbone, P. Lee (Michelle Money) Cannon, and William Szczitka; cherished great uncle of Olivia and Theodore Carbone, Lexi Cannon, and Hannah McCarthy-Szczitka; brother of Maria Carbone Caldwell. Friends received for a gathering on Monday from 2 – 6 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919. Where a Celebration of Life will immediately follow at 6 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. Please leave online donations and condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.