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Charles Senteio

April 19, 1938November 12, 2020
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Charles Senteio, 82 of Osterville, MA and Manchester, CT passed away on Thursday morning November 12, 2020. Charlie was born on April 19, 1938 in Hyannis the youngest of 5 children to the late Gregory and Frances (Gomes) Senteio of Hyannis. Charlie attended Hyannis Elementary School (1943-52) and graduated from Barnstable High School in 1956. He received a BA from Willimantic State College (now Eastern CT State University) in 1964 and a MA from the University of Connecticut in 1967. He worked his way through college employed by HP Hood and Sons and Thompson Construction Company. Charlie married Rhoda (Miller) on June 27, 1964. They lived in Enfield, CT before moving to Manchester in 1970. In 1985 they bought a home on Cape Cod in Osterville, MA. Charlie served in the U.S. Marine Corps reserve in 1955 and the U.S. Air Force from 1956-60.

Charlie worked as an educator for his entire 40 year career. He was passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people and all those around him. In 1964 he began his education career as a teacher at Barnard-Brown School in Hartford. He retired as Deputy Superintendent in 1994. He was principal of C.A. Barbour School (1968-70), then Waverly Elementary School (1970), and Assistant Superintendent (1972-78) of Hartford Public Schools. From 1978-81 he left Hartford to be principal of Keeney Street School in Manchester. In 1981 he returned to Hartford as Deputy Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools until he retired in 1994. He received many awards and recognition over his career. He was listed among Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities, was Chairman of Civil Rights Commission, member of the Student welfare and Activities Commission, and the CT Intercollegiate Student Legislature and Commission.

Charlie was elected President of his Sophomore Class and was elected President of the Student Senate for his Junior and Senior years at Willimantic State College. In the summer of 1971, he traveled to Tokyo to attend the Japanese-American Educational Leadership Exchange Program. His lifelong passion for education and support for under-resourced communities included serving as Chairman of the Board – Urban League of Greater Hartford, Regional Advisor for the Counsel of Greater Hartford Community College and affiliation with the American Association for School Administrators and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Manchester Board of Education.

Charlie deeply touched those he met, whether they met him briefly or knew him for a lifetime. His humor, kindness, consistency and infectious personality was palpable, at work, on his boat, or creating furniture and other useful items in his woodworking workshop. Charlie was passionate about treating everyone equally, unconcerned with one’s vocation, age, or position in life. In his later years, he loved being on his boat and being around people. Charlie never went fishing, he went to catch fish. And he approached catching fish with the same enthusiasm which he applied to living his full and important life.

Charlie is preceded in death by his parents Gregory and Frances, brothers John and Roman, sister Lillian, Godfather “Bobo” Lopes, Godson Frankie, and many friends. Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Rhoda, two children, Charlene and Charles, his sister Margaret Pina, and several nephews who loved and adored him.

In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting that donations be made to the Greater Hartford Urban League.

Visitation will be held on November 20, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM at Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home in Hyannis, MA (livestreamed at A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Church where Charlie served as an altar boy. Interment will be held after services at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. All attendees are required to wear masks and follow social distancing. The family will hold a virtual celebration of Charlie’s life on November 28th at noon ET. For those that wish to attend, please email: to request link to connect.


  • The Greater Hartford Urban League


  • Visitation

    Friday, November 20, 2020


  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, November 20, 2020

  • Interment

    Friday, November 20, 2020

  • Family Hosted Virtual Celebration of Charlie's Life

    Saturday, November 28, 2020



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Geraldine McHugh-Williams

November 28, 2020

Our family send our condolences to the Senteio family. We were blessed to meet and visit with Rhoda and Charlie. Charlie always made sure we had a good time and he made us laugh. We will miss you Charlie and may your soul Rest In Peace.
Dennis, DJ, Julie-Ann and Gerrie

Sheldon Neal

November 28, 2020

Condolences and much love to the Senteio Family,

Have so many rich memories of Charlie in working with and for children in Hartford. His kindness, competence, ability to make things happen and honesty made a tremendous difference in the lives of both students and staff. Charlie planted seeds of life that will live forever. God Bless.

Rajendrakumar Mahabir

November 22, 2020

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen,

Rest in peace Captin Charlie👾. Too good memories fishing, being a good mentor and a friend you will be truly missed.🐚 I'm thankful to you and humbled for the fun adventures we shared on the boat fishing with you and my family I'm extremely grateful🙏🏾

Respectfully Rajendra🇹🇹

Kathy Pina

November 21, 2020

Rest in peace thanks for the great memories say hi to uncle Wilson David and Kathy Pina

Jimmie & Hannah Hill

November 20, 2020

Extending our deepest condolences and prayers to the Senteio Family...
My family and I are truly saddened by the passing of “Charlie”. Please know that we loved Charlie. We have been friends for years and we treasure the memories. We are asking the Lord to send his best angels of Comfort to be with your family at this time. 

Love, Jimmie & Hannah Hill & family

Leonard Epps

November 20, 2020

The Epps family sends our condolences to the Senteio family. May God bless and comfort you in this difficult time.
Leonard and Stacey.

Sean Hudson

November 20, 2020

To Charles, Charlene and Mrs. Senteio,

I am so sorry about the passing of Mr. Senteio. Karen, the boys and I are praying for your strength and for grace. Mr. Senteio was a towering figure whose impact reached and inspired me in just a few interactions. I and my family are here now and over time to support in any way. Thank you for sharing him with so many—even me 🙏🏽

Harbormistress Debbie Barlow

November 20, 2020

Rhoda, Charlene, and Chuck,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
My heart is broken. I have no words to express my sadness. Yet, so many words come to mind of my dearest of friends, Charlie.
One of the kindest souls I've ever met.
I met Charlie likely 20 + years ago, a fellow East Bay boater. Always a smile. Always a moment to chat. And always, always, "You be safe out there." Over time, he added, "harbormistress, you be safe out there." " I will Charlie. And you be safe out there also."
He looked after all of us, and we, him. A boating family, with Charlie at the helm. The season started when So Sabe, then So Sabe II was on the hook. The fish were waiting for Charlie and his crew. Always ready to help a fellow boater, whether needing a tow, to "right" their boat after a storm, find a missing mooring, an extra push or pull at the ramp, a repair to a dinghy (mine!) a tip on where the fish were hanging out, wave conditions, whatever it was, Charlie was there, and always with a smile. This summer, Charlie volunteered to be our official race boat at the finish of the Manatee Cup. He waited for hours, for all of us to finish. Because he said he would. East Bay will never be the same.
I wish all of you, Charlie's dear family, peace and love, and shared memories of a wonderful man, and a friend I will dearly miss.
I saw and spoke with Charlie a week ago Sunday, as I was coming back from my boat to the ramp, near dark. He put on his headlights so I could see better. We talked about the end of the season, the presidential election, the boats, his family, the virus. And next season. Hoping it to be better, safer. Then a virtual hug, and "you stay safe, and stay in touch now, harbormistress." "I will. You too, Charlie." The next day, he emailed me, he would be at my birthday Zoom on Thursday. Charlie left us on my birthday. I will always hear his voice, see that wonderful smile. We will always be spiritually connected. Harbormistress

Ira Douglass

November 20, 2020

To the Senteio Family,

First and foremost, my sincere condolences go out to Rhoda, Charlene, and Chuck from the Douglass family.

I can remember it like it was yesterday, the wedding of Rhoda & Charlie, as my Mom & Dad thought that this was “a match made in heaven”. Then the kids came, Charlene & Chuck (all C’s)

Charlie was the first person that took me under his wing when I moved from NY to CT, back Feb 1977. He took me all around, introducing me to his circle of friends and relatives. I felt like part of the family.

Charlie was indeed the Capt, and he was always right, even if he was wrong, no one dare challenge him. Charlie was the life of the party, a smile that would light up a room.

Charlie, your presence is still felt today. Gone but not forgotten. You live on in my heart, as well as in the hearts of others, that you touched in your 82 years on planet Earth

Now God has called you home Capt, to help with his mates. Truly a life well lived. No coronavirus could ever keep you from doing what you love. Fishing!

Their is a saying: “ Feed a man a fish, and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you will feed him for a lifetime.

Charlie, your connection to the sea is testament to how you taught other to feed themselves.
Thanks for the lessons of life. May you RIP!

Terrance Campbell

November 20, 2020

Dr. Senteio,

We are sorry about you lose and will keep you and your family in prayer.

Terrance Campbell
Regina Ann Campbell
Torrance Campbell
Tyler Campbell