Charles Joseph Scalambrino

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Charles Joseph Scalambrino
or Charlie as he was known, 87, passed quietly on Dec. 24, 2013 at the Alamitos West Health Care Center in Los Alamitos, Calif. He suffered a fall at his home in Seal Beach, Calif., on Nov. 16, 2013 and then contracted pneumonia. Charlie was born on Sept. 19, 1926 in Roswell, Ohio. His father, Francesco, or Frank, worked in the coal mines in Roswell while his mother, Mary Coletti, raised their six children. Charlie attended New Philadelphia High School and while still in school was drafted into the Army in 1945. He was stationed in the Philippines, Wake Island and finished his service as an MP at Hickam Airfield in the Hawaiian Islands, where he patrolled the airfields on a large, Indian motorcycle. After the war, he returned to New Philadelphia and while shopping one day saw a pretty young lady working behind the candy counter. He went up to her and asked for a free piece of candy, which she refused to give him. He then told her that he was going to marry her someday and she laughed and told him he was crazy. That night at a dance, he saw her dancing with another man and he promptly cut in and told her again that he was going to marry her. He proved to be prescient and on July 16, 1950 he and Mildred Marie Seymore of Dover, Ohio, were married at the Methodist Church on 2nd Street in Dover. In July of 2013, Charlie and Marie celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. Charlie was very active in the New Philadelphia community. He was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church where he was the lead usher and a sometime off-key singer and giggler in the church choir (more often than not caused by his son, daughter and wife making funny faces at him). He was active in the New Philadelphia High School booster club, the VFW, the Elks and was a timer for the New Philadelphia track and cross country teams. He was best known as the scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 90 where he served for over 30 years and had the honor of awarding 51 Eagle Scouts, including one to his son. Troop 90 was the largest scout troop in the county and one of the largest in the United States while Charlie was its head scoutmaster. He was awarded the Silver Beaver award by the Buckeye Council of the Boy Scouts; the highest award a scoutmaster can receive and twice lead a small group of his scouts to a week of mountain climbing at Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico. Despite his community activities, Charlie's life revolved around his wife and family. He never missed an activity of his daughter, Linda Marie, or his son, Bruce Charles. Whether it was sewing Linda's doll dresses or timing at Bruce's track meets, he was always there offering encouragement and support. Charlie retired in 1986 after working 30 years at Joy Manufacturing Company in New Philadelphia. He and Marie then moved to the Leisure World retirement community in Seal Beach, Calif. While there, he and Marie continued to be active in their church and organized and led church group trips all over the United States. Charlie also participated in and served as an officer in the VFW, the Italian-American Club, the Pool Club and enjoyed the company of his friends and family. Their home was always a buzz with friends and family, lots of card playing, jokes and laughter. One of the things that made him happiest was that he continued to hear from his former Boy Scouts and many, in fact, would stop in to see him when they were in the area. He was proud that many went on to become doctors, lawyers, rocket scientists, college professors and leaders in their communities. One even dotted the "i" in the Ohio State Marching Band's script Ohio.
Charlie is survived by his loving wife, Marie; and brothers, Anthony and Nicholas Scalambrino and many nieces and nephews; his daughter, Linda Marie Harbin and husband, Melvin Eugene Harbin, of Norwalk, Calif; son, Bruce Charles Scalambrino and wife, Carole Kaye Towne, of Chicago, Ill.; granddaughters, Stacey Lynn Noel and husband, Steven Noel, Tiffany Marie Alva and husband, Daniel Alexander Alva, Danielle Harbin Aguilar and Anne Marie Scalambrino; great-grandchildren, Joshua Charles Lindsey, Raelynn Alexandra Noel, Madalynn Marie Alva, Logan Alexander Alva, Mason Vigil and Nateo Aguilar.
A memorial service will be held for Charlie at the Community Church in Leisure World, Seal Beach, Calif. on Jan. 18, 2013. In keeping with Charlie's wishes, he was cremated and his ashes will be scattered at sea. Those wishing to honor his memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so by making a donation to the Boy Scouts of America.
Published in The Times Reporter on Jan. 5, 2014
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