Charles A. Barcio, age 108, passed away at Woodlands Assisted Living in Columbus, Ohio on March 18, 2013. He was born in Erie, Pa. on March 22, 1904. After graduating high school, he worked for Burke Electric Co., then later joined Edison Electric. Being an electrician was his favorite job among the many he had during his long life. His mechanical aptitude led him to become an auto repairman, a garage and gas station owner, and eventually a car dealer. While living in Erie, Pa., he owned a franchise for the old Kaiser and Frazier brands and later opened a Ford dealership. He also had a business installing and maintaining coin operated dry cleaning machines. Charles was also the maintenance man for the Catholic Churches he attended in Florida, retiring from those positions in 2004. In what little spare time he had, he helped organize the West Lake Volunteer Fire Department in Erie, eventually becoming its Chief. He was also a state fire instructor for Pennsylvania and a longtime Red Cross first aid instructor. He also enjoyed sailing and was a member of the Presque Isle Yacht Club, where he served a term as commodore. He held the presidency of the chamber of commerce in the Erie suburb of Millcreek. Charles enjoyed music and played several instruments in a dance band. He was a devout Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1948 and a fourth degree member since 1951. While a member of St. Julia Church in Erie, he narrated the broadcasts of Mass on a local radio station for 32 years. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Winnie. He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy; children, Phyllis (Norman) Dill, John "Jack" (Dorothy) Barcio; step-sons, Glenn (Sandy) Colann, Donald (Debbie) Colann; and numerous grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 25, 2013 at Holy Spirit Church, 4383 E. Broad St., Whitehall, Ohio. Celebrant Fr. William Arnold. In lieu of flowers contributions in Charles' memory may be made to a charity of your choice
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