May 29, 2021
Entered into rest on May 19, 2021, Charles "Skip" Polio of Brewster, MA. Skip was born on December 4, 1932 in New Haven, CT, the son of the late Rose (Demaio) and Joseph Polio. He had 59 years of joy married to his loving wife, Judith (Ducotey).
He and Judith lived in Hamden, Connecticut for 35 years prior to their retirements and had four wonderful children: Charlene Polio of East Lansing, MI, Beth Polio of Brewster, MA, and the late Carol Polio and J. Michael Polio. He is also survived by a granddaughter, Sara Heins (Patrick Nadeau) and great-grand children Samuel, Maya, and Ellie Nadeau, all of Pittsburgh, PA.
Skip was raised in New Haven where he graduated from Hillhouse High School in 1950 and attended University of Connecticut, University of Bridgeport and New Haven College. He served as a weather observer in the Air Force with notable assignments in Greenland and Baffin Island.
At the age of 12 he began working at WNHC Radio in New Haven answering phones and delivering mail. When the station grew into one of New England's first television stations he also grew into the industry and, with breaks for college and military service, continued working in TV production until he was 24.
In 1957 he went to work for Sikorsky Aircraft as a test engineer and, ancillary to his work, discovered the world of computers which shortened his engineering career and created a whole new field of endeavor. He continued his computer work ending his career when he retired from LIMRA in Windsor, Connecticut in 1995.
While living in Hamden he served on the Board of Education and was active politically. He also served on the Archbishop's Lay Advisory Committee representing The New Haven Deanery. Moving to Brewster in 1999 he was an active member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Harwich, served as Treasurer of The Friends of Nickerson Park and was editor of The Retired Men's Club of Cape Cod newsletter for many years.
A memorial service is planned for Tuesday, August 24th at 12:30 pm at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 310 Route 137, Harwich, MA, 02645. Interment will be in the columbarium in the church's Memorial Garden following the service. Contributions in Skip's memory may be made to the Memorial Garden Fund at the church.
Published by The New Haven Register on May 30, 2021.