Charles
Charles Frederick Piccaro, 83, passed away in the comfort of his home in Manhattan Beach on September 9, 2011. Charlie, known as "Inky" was born on April 18, 1928 in Auburn, N.Y. He graduated from Bowling Green State University after serving in the Army in Korea. He moved west settling in Manhattan Beach over 50 years ago. He worked as a stockbroker and earned his clients' trust by balancing his gift of gab with selfless honesty. He was a hardworking, dedicated family man who was kind, positive, friendly, energetic, charismatic with a quick wit and a big heart. He was an active community member, "working" at the Hometown Fair and coaching AYSO soccer where he won a championship his rookie year (Grrr Cougars!). He nurtured many family friendships from that wonderful network that lasted a lifetime. He loved: relaxing with his family on the beach at 20th Street (enjoying stogies and an occasional camouflaged beer), teaching his boys to bodysurf, playing volleyball with the gang, gardening, handing out candy on his daily walks, treating local dogs to a bone when they came to visit and Christmas Eve at Ercoles. His passion was cooking and entertaining guests with his and Norma's Sunday night Italian dinners. His most repeated quote was, "Help me polish this off", as he coaxed you into another helping. He is survived by his wife Norma of 45 years, his sons, Charlie (Brigid) and Pete (Lisa) and his grandson Julian. A memorial service and paddle-out will be held on the beach at Marine Ave. in Manhattan Beach on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 11:00 am, followed by a celebration at Jocelyn Center, MB at 1pm. Aloha shirts or plaid pants are welcome. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations in Charlie Piccaro's name to AYSO Field of Dreams Project (a non-profit that will be constructing a new soccer field for the local youth). Check payable to: AYSO R-18 Field of Dreams. Mail to: PO Box 3597, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

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  1. Inky was there watching during some of the most important moments of my formative years. I am proud to have shared experiences with him and his incredible family. The first real conversation I had with him was when he called to tell me I had not made the AYSO all star team when I was ten, and he talked to me like a man, so I felt good about it. Then, later, at junior lifeguard competitions, high school sports events and more Sunday night dinners than I can count! Always generous and inviting into his home, Inky and his family taught me great lessons about hospitality. Aloha my great friend Inky, and all my love to Norma, Pete and Charlie!

  2. Inky, Great brother, uncle ,& man. We will truly miss you. Our love to Norma, Charlie, Pete & family.

  3. Remembering Charles Picarro (Inky) and the 20th Street gang The volleyball court at the foot of 20th in the 50’s & 60’s was a wonderful place populated by special people blossoming from a variety of diverse Southern California areas consisting of the immediate 20th Street neighborhood, the greater South Bay, the Coliseum Street area of Baldwin Hills and the Roxbury Park area of Beverly Hills. Basically there was always a hard core group consisting of 12 to 25 people from within a overall group of probably a couple of hundred people who were just “friends of friends” that would show up on any given weekend to hone their VB skills and have fellowship and laughs both on and off the court. The original court net was “heisted” from the Jonathon Beach Club in Santa Monica, as, in those days, there wasn’t a local Big 5 or Amazon.com. Inky was a “friend of a friend” who went through volleyball “Boot Camp” at the foot of 20th. As an aside, Charlie Saikley, the MB volleyball legend, also learned the sport on “our court.” Inky was quick to master sand VB and so did his love Norma. We all went to their wedding. As a matter of fact, Norma and Ink arranged for the bottle of Champaign left in my and Cheryl’s hotel room on our wedding night in 1965. Ink will be missed and we send our love to Norma, Charlie and Pete.

  4. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Inky & Norma and having spent time with them when they visited San Francisco. I remember Inky fondly as a kind and inquisitive gentleman with a great heart and a quick wit. I wish all of the Piccaro family my very best and know that you will honor Inky’s memory with style and care. My love to all, especially Pete(Paydroh). Remember, our forebears live on in us. Sincerely & with empathy, Martina

  5. Dear Norma, We were saddened to read of your loss in the Beach Reporter. Our thoughts are with you. Warmly, Susan and John McGehee

  6. Norma, we will miss Inkie greatly. He will always be so special to the Lake family, thanks for the wonderful memories.

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