Charles Alaimo, a lifelong resident of Fredonia, passed away on May 19 after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. He was 89 years old.
He was born in Fredonia, and graduated from Fredonia High School in 1950 lettering in football and track: he served in the United States Army from 1952-1955. Charlie was employed by SUNY Fredonia State College in the maintenance department for over 30 years. While working a full time job and raising 5 children, he attended and graduated from Empire State College obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Charlie continued educating his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for the rest of his life. He taught his family how to love unconditionally, work hard, enjoy successes and hold strong through life’s unhappy events. He was a successful entrepreneur, carpenter and handyman. He was a long time member of the Democratic Party, the Beaver Club, and St Anthony Church.
Charlie was predeceased by: his wife of 45 years, Mary Jane Vande Velde Alaimo; his 2 sons, Craig J. Alaimo and Alan R. Alaimo. Besides his parents, Joseph and Josephine Alaimo; he was further predeceased by his 6 siblings: Joseph, Russell and Samuel Alaimo and Laura Piatz, Anne Dimassimo, and Rose Epolito.
He is survived by: his daughters, Denise DeGolyer (Robert) and Lisa Delcamp (Daniel); his son, Charles Alaimo, II; his daughter-in-law, Mary Margaret Alaimo and his sister, Delores Borrello (Anthony.) He leaves behind 7 grandsons and 8 great-grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He will be greatly missed for being the loving, kind, strong man that so many will remember.
Visitation will be held Monday from 3-6 pm at the LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home, 20 Central Avenue, Fredonia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony Church, (Corner of
Cushing & Orchard Streets) Fredonia on Tuesday morning at 10 am. Memorial contributions may be made to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care or the charity of your choice. On-line condolences may be made at larsontimkofuneralhome.com. Arrangements by David J. Dengler.