Charles Michael "Charley" Siroky
1964 - 2020
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Charles "Charley" Michael Siroky

Manhattan Beach - Charles "Charley" Michael Siroky of Manhattan Beach, California, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 17th at the age of 56. He was a beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend.

Charley was born on Easter Sunday, March 29, 1964 in Brussels, Belgium while his parents were touring in Europe. His father was stationed with the Army's 87th Medical Detachment in Nuremberg, Germany at the time. They were then reassigned to a base in Ft. Irwin, California. Upon completing military service, the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona.

At an early age, Charley began swimming lessons at Dick Smith's Swim Gym. He started competing by age five, setting into motion a distinguished and unforgettable swimming career. His specialty was the backstroke, and he set numerous Arizona state records that stood for decades. Some notable swimming achievements include participation in the 1984 Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, IN; member of the USA Swimming National Team competing in the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Japan, and in the World University Games in Kobe, Japan in 1985; and served as swim team captain at the first Goodwill Games in Moscow, Russia in 1986.

Charley graduated from Brophy College Preparatory in 1982, and was recruited to multiple universities for his swimming accomplishments, including an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. He attended the University of Arizona with a full ride athletic scholarship and was a proud member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He graduated with a BS in Business Administration, majoring in Management Information Systems.

Upon graduation, Charley began his career in equipment leasing and financing. This took him from Phoenix to New York City and eventually to California. He worked for a variety of leasing companies before moving out of the industry to work in international sales and logistics for Mattel. After several years, he left the corporate world and launched his own boutique lease finance company, CMS Capital, LLC. He was very well respected in his field for his honesty.

In the summer of 1989, Charley met his future wife, Tammi, at his local bank where she was employed. Charley and Tammi were engaged six months later in December 1989. They married at Brophy Chapel in Phoenix, Arizona on December 1, 1990. Together they made their home in Manhattan Beach, California and raised their two children, Charles "Ryan", and Ella Nicole.

Charley and Tammi were active members in their church community of American Martyrs Catholic Church. They have been parishioners since 1993 and their children attended and graduated from American Martyrs school (K-8). Charley loved serving at the Parish Fair every year, volunteering to take double shifts where he enjoyed connecting with the other dads.

Charley wholeheartedly was a family-man first. He and Tammi loved living at the beach and spending time with friends in their community. One of his biggest accomplishments was being a father. For the past 20 years, Charley invested most of his free time in his children and their involvement in sports. He traveled extensively to watch his son, Ryan, compete at the national level in hockey. When Ella played volleyball, and more recently rowing, Charley was at every game or regatta. It was his joy to watch his children compete. He was a true competitor and loved to engage with his kids about their sports.

Charley was always warm and friendly with anyone he met. He enjoyed greeting neighbors or passers-by while he worked in the garage or on the front landscaping. He was a keen observer and loved to make up amusing nicknames for everyone. He delighted in calling out these names at random times to get a smile or laugh. Charley developed so many wonderful friendships throughout the years and he deeply treasured them all - both new and lifelong.

Charley is survived by his loving wife of almost 30 years, Tammi Siroky, their beautiful children, Ryan and Ella Siroky; mother Gayle Siroky, sister Kathryn (Geoff) Smith; and brothers Gary (Elizabeth) Siroky and Lawrence (Robyn) Siroky, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Charles Lawrence Siroky.

The funeral mass will be a private service due to current pandemic restrictions. The family invites you to celebrate Charley's life with them online at 10:00 a.m., October 17, 2020.

As a memorial, a GoFundMe account has been set up by friends of the family to support his daughter's college education expenses at Thank you to all for your love, support, and prayers for our family during this difficult time. We are blessed to have you in our lives.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Oct. 8 to Oct. 14, 2020.
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October 27, 2020
I remember him very vividly.He had hands and feet like paddles.He was built to swim. I was on the Westwood swim team that came second to Brophy in 1982 state swim meet. I remember his imposing presence and that he was a magnificent swimmer. He swam backstroke faster than I could swim freestyle. Unforgettable.Wonderful memory. I am sorry for your loss. R I p.
Matt taylor
October 18, 2020
Gayle and Kathy, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son/brother, Charley. I remember well his swimming accomplishments.
With my sincere support, Jim Harrison Sr.
Jim Harrison, Sr
October 17, 2020
I’m so sad to hear of Charley’s passing. Charley was my first manager at Mattel back in 2000. Honestly he was the best boss I ever had! He always made work fun! My favorite memory is going to see my first Broadway show at NYTF. If it weren’t for Charley it wouldn’t have happened!
Charley always spoke so fondly about Tammi, Ryan, and Ella. I think I even “babysat” Ryan when he came to work with Charley.
Sadly the last time I saw him was about 10 years ago. It breaks my heart that he passed on at such a young age.
He will be missed!
My only photo of him during Mattel days...back before iPhones!!
-Menal McGrath
Menal McGrath
October 17, 2020
Charley and I were both business associates and good friends for several years. The smile on his face above is absolutely Charley. I know how he adored Tammi and Ryan and Ella and the wonderful times they had together as a family. I will miss him and will always have him in my heart. Tammi, Ryan and Ella and all the family, you should feel blessed that you had such a special, husband, father and family member in your lives. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you
Richard Foster
October 13, 2020
I worked with Charlie back when he started his career at Bell Atlantic and spent alot of time with Charlie when he moved to New York.
Charlie checked all the boxes.. he was smart, loyal, kind and just an all around fantastic guy.
What a written tribute that his family put together for Charlie! aAn amazing and spot on description for a wonderful human being.
requim en pace my good man!
Tom Rafferty
October 13, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
October 12, 2020
One of the nicest, kindest man I have ever met.
keith a SHANKS
October 12, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
October 10, 2020
To Tammi, Ryan and Ella- my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you during this very hard time. In the years that I have known you all- the one thing I know was that he was so incredibly proud of his family! Charley was so kind and I consider myself very lucky to have known him and to have worked with him.
Again you are in my thoughts and prayers and I pray for peace and comfort to surround you!!xxxx Linda Keiser McWilliam
October 9, 2020
Charley was my dear son-in-law & I loved him so much.....just like a son to me. My heart is broken over his passing. Whenever I needed help with anything, he would always be there for me. He would go with me when I would lease a car & always help me with computer problems.
Charley loved to cook & I remember he & I took a knife skills class together at a culinary school I was attending 20 years ago. We always had so much fun together.
Charley was a very warm & friendly person. Family meant everything to him & I was so happy that he was always willing to come to our family celebrations & would always bbq for me.
The day that Charley & Tammi were married was one of the happiest days of my life.
Ryan & Ella are blessed to have had such a loving & devoted father.
Charley will be missed so much by all who loved him. I am grateful for the time I had with him.
God Bless you were so loved. RIP
Love, Mom

Jeanne Bartel
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