MERIDEN - Charles Cambra, 90, died on Monday, July 7, 2014 at Apple Rehab Coccomo in Meriden, after a brief illness. Charles was predeceased by Marie (Terry), his beloved wife of 60 years.
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Charles was born on Feb. 29, 1924 in Fall River, Mass., where his loving aunt Mary Brazao raised him.
He worked for Suzio Construction Company in Meriden for 34 years, driving a company truck and maintaining the grounds at the quarry and Suzio home, forming a lifelong friendship before retiring in 1985.
Charles acquired all that he pursued through high expectations and incredible work ethic, striving for perfection in all of his endeavors. For his children's weddings, he attended a class on the art of cake decorating, and each cake he made was more magnificent than the last. His motto for everything was, "Practice, practice, practice."
He loved ceramics, earning more than 300 molds from a friend's studio by pouring Greenware. Charles even mastered classical guitar, flawlessly playing such difficult pieces as "Leyenda" and "Malagueña".
But his first love was magic, studying under the tutelage of world-renowned magician Slydini. For more than 60 years, Charles and Terry were a world-class magic act, known as Señor Carlos and Terry, and he was featured on the cover of The Linking Ring in November 2001. Charles was a life member of the Society of American Magician Assemblies #15 and #127, Order of Merlin, International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring #59, and MIMC gold star member of the Magic Circle in London, the premier organization in the world for magicians. MIMC is awarded by the president to members deserving special recognition. There never can be more than 300 MIMCS at one time and only a few are awarded a gold star, which is reserved for the finest performers such as Lance Burton and Siegfried and Roy. Charles also belonged to the Members of the Magic Collectors Association, Members of the New England Magic Collectors Association and the New Magicians Club.
He is survived by two daughters, Lesley Lusteg, and her husband, Walt, and Jeanne Cosenza, and her husband, Christopher; a son, Charles D. Cambra, and his wife, Colleen; a step-daughter, Shirley, and her husband, John; and a step-son, Art George; 15 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Charles was predeceased by his daughter, Alice Cambra; a step-daughter, Alida Desimone; and son-in-law, Ralph Desimone.
A memorial service and celebration of life luncheon will be Saturday, August 16, at noon, at the Four Points by Sheraton, 275 Research Pkwy., Meriden, Conn. Please RSVP by August 9 to Jeanne Cosenza at email@example.com.
The family wants to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Apple Rehab Coccomo for all the love, care, and special attention shown to Charles. He genuinely loved all of the daily morning visits, hugs, and kisses. The staff made a very difficult time for him bearable. We also want to thank "Charlie's Angels" and Fran; the Infusion Center at MidState Medical Center; and the many doctors who cared for him over the years. For online condolences and directions please visit www.jferryfh.com.
John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home
88 East Main Street Meriden, CT 06450
Published in The Record-Journal on July 27, 2014