Maggio, Lt. Col.
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Nov. 24, 1921 - Oct. 10, 2013
Lt. Col. Charles I. Maggio USAF Ret died on Oct. 10, 2013, after a long fight with Alzheimer's disease. He was born Nov 24, 1921.
Charley taught military pilots advanced training during World War II. He was ordered to fly a B25 aircraft in the Pacific Theater, as the war ended. Later, he flew PBYs, or the "Catalina," for Air Sea Rescue. He was also based out of Harmon Air Force Base. His military tours took him to Tokyo, the Pentagon and to NATO Air South in Italy and the Mediterranean.
Much of his 22 year military career was spent serving in intelligence and security for the military. He was an assistant air attaché to then Japanese Ambassador Robert D. Murphy, who later served as undersecretary of state for the federal government.
In Sarasota, he is known as spending the rest of his working life - 18 years - as a schoolteacher at Riverview High School. He was beloved by students and staff during his time as a teacher.
Preceding him in death is wife Peggy Maggio, and grandson Mikkell Tikkell.
Survivors include son, Dennis I. Maggio; daughter, Stephany LaMont and husband George LaMont; grandson, David Anthony Byrd and girlfriend, Jennifer Sabin; wife, Dorothy Maggio; and her children and, extended family Lia Martin, Indiana and Micaiah Erhardt. Also included are the multitudes of family, friends and former students, who loved Charley too.
He served his country, community, family and all those around him all his life. He was a man of duty who put himself last.
He will be deeply missed by all.
His Honor Guard Memorial and Celebration of Life will be scheduled soon, so all can take part if they would like.
Published in Herald Tribune from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2013