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Cattaneo, Charles Paul
102, of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away peacefully on September 19, 2015 at Sunrise of Scottsdale. Charlie was born on July 26, 1913 in Long Island City, Burroughs of Queens, New York to Italian immigrant parents, Joseph and Josephine. He graduated from high school at the start of the Great Depression in 1929. He worked in various manufacturing jobs, real estate and insurance sales, and then joined the Merchant Marines sailing from New York to the Caribbean. While sailing, Charlie played 3rd Base on the ship's baseball team. Baseball was his first love, along with the New York Yankees and Lou Gehrig. Charlie joined the Army at the start of WWII and was assigned to the Army Air Corps. He was ultimately assigned to the Kingman Army Air Base and then Saipan. Charlie was discharged in 1946 as a Captain. After evaluating his options in Arizona following the war, he returned to his native New York where he and partner started a truck-trailer repair business. Shortly thereafter, he bought out his partner and expanded into manufacturing stainless steel milk tanks and trailers. As business flourished, Charlie met a pretty lady at one of his vendor's offices. Her name was Lorraine and they were married on January 2, 1951. Lorraine brought two sons, John and Tom, into their marriage and then Charlie and Lorraine had a son, Joe, in 1952. The family moved to Arizona in 1963 but still shared summers in New York. Charlie commuted between Arizona and New York. He sold his manufacturing business and dove into real estate. Charlie worked in residential real estate development in and around Newburgh and Rockland County, New York. At the same time, he invested in land in Arizona. During his business career, he learned to play golf and was self-taught through books. His best handicap was a 9. Charlie and Lorraine were original members of the Moon Valley Country Club and then Prescott Valley Country Club. Charlie and Lorraine loved taking road trips through the Rocky Mountains and the West Coast, and would often meet with war buddies and friends along the way. They moved to McCormick Ranch in 1995 and loved feeding the ducks. Charlie would often stroll along the golf course with his 7-iron and a putter sneaking in a couple of holes at night! Charlie loved to sing while growing up with his family and friends. He loved music and was proud of his large library of Lawrence Welk tapes! "Papa" loved and was loved by his grandchildren; Sarah Cattaneo (29) for her competitiveness as a horse rider/jumper and race car driving; Michelle Cattaneo (25) for her tennis, golf, cheerleading and for carrying for Papa during the last year of his life and their special time together; and Mike Linn (48) of Tucson for his huge smile and love of Papa. Charlie is survived by his sister, Marian Hardie Robidoux (92) of Juno Beach, Florida, as well as his sons, John Linn, Tom Linn, and Joe Cattaneo. The love of Charlie's life, Lorraine, passed away on August 6, 2006, after 55 years of marriage. Both Charlie and Lorraine are from the "Greatest Generation" and all of us surviving family and friends are forever indebted for their sacrifices, leadership, generosity, and the love they shared with us. A private family service will be held to celebrate Charlie's life. The family would like to thank Dr. Helene Weschler for her years of service and collaborative work with our Dad. Any remembrances of Charlie's life can be sent to in his name.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 21, 2015
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