April 18, 1928 ~ September 9, 2011
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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