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Babione Funeral Home

10060 Calle Comercio Drive, Boca Raton, FL

OBITUARY

Charles Bernard Barcelona

March 5, 1930May 15, 2020

Charles Bernard Barcelona March 5, 1930- May 15, 2020 On May 15, 2020, heaven is rejoicing as Charles Bernard Barcelona, (of Pittsburgh, PA and Boca Raton FL) extraordinary, one of a kind patriarch, commander in chief, champion, and self proclaimed most important role of all, ‘the Nono’ has passed away 2 months after celebrating his 90th birthday with his college sweetheart (Toledo University) and wife, Nancy (Naumann) and 3 children Bindy (Dave Matesic), Brett (Teresa Torrell) and Beth (Joe Lipovich) and his entire ever growing family.

To so many, Chuck was known for incredible accomplishments and recognized for service to others, receiving achievements and awards in sports, business, and life. He was family first, an unsurpassed son, brother, uncle, husband and father (and both grand and great); an avid sports’ enthusiast, and captain on the football field; an army lieutenant; a dynamic philanthropist; and a pioneer in the grocery business spanning from Pittsburgh at Foodland/Fox Grocery Co. to Buffalo, NY as President and CEO of Peter J. Schmitt /Bells Markets.

Chuck led the campaigns of many: Catholic Charities, United Way, Boys Town of Italy, March of Dimes, and initiated kids’ foundations through professional athletes.

One of the highlights of his life with Nancy was meeting privately, Pope John Paul II, and was truly touched by a Saint. Anyone who has ever met our Dad, Chuck, was also touched by the immediate interest he took upon introduction. From restaurant servers, clinicians, drivers, tour guides, doctors, CEOs, celebrities and Presidents of the US, …He was about engagement, connections, eye to eye, a warm embrace, a strong handshake, genuine care, and most definitely discerning advice...if you too measured up on sincerity, honesty, and no bs, more than anything you were his fast friend and he’d jump through hoops to demonstrate this. And if you were really lucky, you were soon to be considered part of his family.

Whether it was taking the reigns of a failing grocery chain and turning it around, building a marina out of the swampy shores of lake Chautauqua in retirement or at the age of 87 helping a disabled orphaned man succeed at living a dignified life of self sufficiency, no one could be as passionate about a plan as Charles Barcelona.

A big unheralded part of every plan was always bringing others on board. Chuck’s success was much more meaningful, much sweeter and much greater to him when it was shared. And the friendships he made along the way were his measure of success.

His biggest accomplishment and what he was most PROUD is the love story he created with our mom for 70 years and their 3 (+3) children and their ever growing families of 18 grandkids, 2 great grand kids and 3 babies on the way.

In the spirit of our Dad’s life, in lieu of flowers, if you would like to pay a little kindness forward to someone along the way, …maybe a little advice to a younger person (he’d love that), tip the drive through worker, or treat a friend to lunch,...and then think of our dad and say a prayer in his great memory. A Roman Catholic Funeral Service will be held at St. Jude Catholic Church 21689 Toledo Rd. Boca Raton, Fl. 33433 on Monday May 18, 2020 at 10 am. The mass will be live streamed with details to follow for family or friends that are unable to attend.

  • FAMILY

  • Nancy Naumann Barcelona, Wife
  • Bindy Bucci, Daughter
  • Dave Matesic, Son-in-law
  • Brett Barcelona, Son
  • Teresa Torrell Barcelona, Daughter-in-law
  • Beth Lipovich, Daughter
  • Joe Lipovich, Son-in-law
  • Mr. Barcelona also had 18 loving grandchildren.

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Services

  • Charles Bernard Barcelona

    Monday, May 18, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, May 18, 2020

Memories

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Victoria Wienke

May 18, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the entire Barcelona family. He was a well known figure in the Buffalo community and Nancy was always very friendly when she came into the office.
Mr. Barcelona was a believer in giving his employees a chance for advancement. As a result, he chose 12 women from his employees and started the President’s Women’s Council . He met with us , gave us special projects and gave us experiences we would not normally have. We became a close knit group and dubbed ourselves “Charlie’s Angels!”
I was also the back-up Secretary for Mr B as we then called him. He liked to test me by talking as fast as he could to see if I could get it all in shorthand. He was a very generous man and would often give me tickets to sporting events which my husband and I enjoyed.
There is a special place in heaven for Mr. B!

Debbie Dosh

May 17, 2020

Mr, Barcelona’s passing takes my breath away. I am a college friend of Bindy’s. Whenever I saw Mr. B, . whether it was a break from WVU or an event since then, he has made me feel like I am part of the family! He was a generous, loving, and kind soul. He always made me feel like I was the special person at the event! He would remembered something that happened to me from months or years before. There is an angel in Heaven. Mr. B.’s affectionate and loving spirit will live on in my soul.

Carole Otto

May 16, 2020

Charlie was a very special man! I am so sad to hear that he passed. I knew him through my dear friend, Valerie, and always enjoyed his company, his wisdom, and his generous nature. My heart breaks for his wonderful wife, Nancy and their entire family. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. He touched the lives of so many people. My sincere sympathies. I will miss seeing him on my visits to Boca. May he Rest In Peace. God bless him!

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FROM THE FAMILY

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