Charles J. Cuffaro, 88, of Loveland, Ohio, passed away January 6, 2013 at Clermont Nursing and Convalescent Center, Milford, Ohio.
He was born November 3, 1924 in Bronx, , NY, son of Peter Cuffaro and Pauline (nee Capitano) Cuffaro .
Charles worked as a carpenter in New Building Construction.
Charles and Edie were married for 66 years.
Surviving are Wife, Edith (Spinellio) Cuffaro of Loveland, OH, Son, Chuck (Judy) Cuffaro of AZ, Daughter, Paula (Mike) Hintzel of Loveland, OH, Grandson, Michael Cuffaro, Grandson, Steve Cuffaro, Grandson, Travis Hintzel, Grandson, Chase Hintzel, Great-Granddaughter, Evelyn Cuffaro, Sister, J. Mary Keffer of PA.
Charles was preceded in death by Father, Peter Cuffaro, Mother, Pauline Cuffaro, Brother, Francis Cuffaro, Brother, John Cuffaro, Brother, Jasper Cuffaro, Brother, Joseph Cuffaro, Sister, Rose Cuffaro.
In honor of Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, and all of those who served in WWII, this is to honor, Charles J. Cuffaro, US Navy veteran. December 7 will mean less to each passing generation, but hopefully, no one will ever forget the consequences that could have befallen the world had they not fought so valiantly.
When WWII started, Charles was just a high school senior, an All-State Pennsylvania football player with a potential college scholarship ahead of him. But, he immediately dropped our and joined the Navy. After basic training in Coronado, CA, he was sent Oahu (Pearl Harbor) and was stationed on Kaneohe Bay naval base. He then sailed on through the Pacific conflict and last served on the USS Kenneth Whiting, a seaplane carrier named after the father of aviation.
After the war, he completed high school, played semi-professional football and became a master carpenter and home builder. He never regretted anything......truly part of the greatest generation.
One of his greatest life's pleasure by his son, Chuck, was taking him to his Navy reunion in the Hawaiian Islands in Maui. But they first spent a week on Oahu on Waikiki Beach visiting Pearl Harbor and even his old navy barracks. Finally, Chuck realized after 65 years that he could never fill his father's shoes.
From a proud son, Chuck Cuffaro.
Services will be held at St. Margaret of York, Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Fr. James Brooks officiating. Interment will follow in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Montgomery, Ohio. US Navy Honor Guard and the VFW Memorial Team will perform full military honors at the graveside.
Friends will be received at St. Margaret of York, 9495 Columbia Road, Loveland, Ohio 45140 on Thursday morning from 10 AM until the time of the service.
Read Charles Cuffaro's Obituary and Guestbook on www.tuftsschildmeyer.com.