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Charles Santo Smiroldo

December 12, 1946April 29, 2021

Charles “Chuck” Santo Smiroldo, 74, of Arlington, Virginia, passed away peacefully at home on April 29th, 2021.

The Viewing will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 pm Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203. The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am Monday, May 3rd, 2021 at Columbia Baptist Church, 103 W Columbia Street, Falls Church, VA 22046. Dr. Jim Baucom will be officiating.

Burial to be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Chuck was born in Washington, DC on December 12th, 1946. He grew up in the DC Metro area and later joined the United States Army. After serving two tours in Vietnam, and a total of twenty years in the Army, he continued to serve his country working for several government contractors. In his spare time, he enjoyed coaching and mentoring kids in baseball, spending time with family, and playing golf. Chuck was married to Teresa on December 21st, 1977; they were married forty-three years. He is survived by his wife, Teresa; his sons, Joshua and fiancée, Tara and Charlie II and wife, Alyssa; his sister, Deanna Swayne; his grandchildren, Chloe, Charlie III and Maxwell.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions in Chuck’s name may be sent to the Food Pantry at Columbia Baptist Church. Thank you for your prayers and support during our time of loss. It has meant so much to our family.

Some of our favorite Chuck-isms:

“Hit ‘em good.”

“When you look good, you feel good!”

“Honesty is the best policy.”

“You get more bees with honey.”

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 2, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 3, 2021

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Memories

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Andrew Jagger

May 3, 2021

Chuck,
I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet you and work alongside you. You are an amazing friend and I cannot begin to thank you for all the mentorship and love you have shown to my family and I. I’ll never forget all the trips to Wawa for the Kona brew and chocolate chip cookies! Remember to keep your powder dry on your new journey! RLTW.

Joe Gortenburg

May 2, 2021

Chuck was a great, great man. I remember the countless hours he spent and baseballs he threw to me, Charlie, Josh, and so many more. If you couldn’t hit after a season with Chuck, you just couldn’t hit.

I remember his patience and how he always tried to steer us in the right direction, McGruff style or otherwise. And how he and Teresa and all the Smiroldo’s, all the way down to Spike and Tyrod, made me feel welcome in their house and lives.

The world is a better place for having had a Chuck and will continue to be better because of him.

Gary Gortenburg

May 2, 2021

Chuck threw thousands of pitches to Joe in Babe Ruth baseball. Thousands. He was a good teacher, always patient and positive and was so valued by so many teens in Arlington. And he was a good companion to the many intense parents in the stands. A good word for all. Teresa also spent innumerable hours supporting not just Chuck but all of us who were on those terribly uncomfortable bleachers. We miss those days but are better for having had Chuck with us.

Gary and Anne

Gene Van Dyck

May 2, 2021

Chuck was the grease that kept everything moving smoothly. He always made the time and had the patience to help mentor all of us. You will be missed.

John Pruitt

May 2, 2021

Chuck was the best! Fortunately had the pleasure to work and play golf with Chuck. There is no better man on this Earth. We had a saying at work, we would always ask who is the bearded guy standing next to Chuck. Obviously referring to Christ. You will be deeply be missed by everyone. I love you buddy! John

Pete Wagoner

May 1, 2021

Like many in Arlington, I knew Chuck the coach and Chuck the man and he was a stellar example of both. He was one of those special people who considered those he knew as extensions of his family. He will be missed!

Lindsey Harvey

May 1, 2021

To know Chuck was to love him. He was a special person, neighbor and friend and meant so much to our entire family. Walker especially will miss showing Chuck his golf shots daily in the back yard. We are so saddened by his loss and grateful to have known him. Holding his family in our hearts and prayers!

Jan Straub

May 1, 2021

Chuck was one of a kind. So very kind, patient, giving, and loyal. I was blessed to call him family for so many years. He will be truly missed by so very many people. My love and prayers to Terri and the boys. Jan

Steve Horvath

May 1, 2021

Chuck, thank you for being such a great friend. You taught me many things about life and we shared a lot of good laughs. You will be missed. My deepest condolences to your family.
Love,
Steve

Robert Spidel

April 30, 2021

Chuck, you were one of the very best Soldiers I had the honor of serving with in my 30 year Army career. You always put your fellow Soldiers first and I know you did the same with your family. My deepest sympathy to the entire Smiroldo family. Rest in Eternal Peace and I will see you again in Fiddler's Green. God Bless.

FROM THE FAMILY