OBITUARY

Charles Anthony Prestia

December 22, 1933November 30, 2018
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Charles “Chuck” Prestia, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on November 30, 2018. He leaves behind his wife Alice, whom he shared 20 exceptional years with. Chuck is survived by his daughter, Angela, and son, Gerard, along with 3 grandchildren; Richard, Chelsea, and Jessica, and 2 great granddaughters; Aria Starr and Lana Grace. Everyone’s favorite “Uncle Charlie,” he loved his nieces and nephews.

Throughout his professional career he was a talented lithographer working in the printing industry. However, his love and passion for over 50 years was officiating basketball, volleyball, football, and baseball. It is in these sports arenas that you could find him, teaching the youth of south Florida the “rules,” of the game.

Growing up in New York City, he fell in love with the movies and the theatre. In later years this influenced his volunteerism, as he worked at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, in the capacity of; program co-director, head usher, and as a volunteer usher. He was the one whistling show tunes! Additionally, Chuck worked as a volunteer greeter at Holy Cross Hospital for the last 5 years.

Chuck will be greatly missed by those who truly benefitted from the light in his heart, the gentleness of his understanding, and the kindness of his soul.

Visitation will be held Wednesday December 5, 2018 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at Kraeer Funeral Home, 200 West Copans Road, Pompano Beach, FL 33064. Funeral Mass will be Thursday December 6, 2018 at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church at 12:00 noon.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Chuck’s honor to the Amyloidosis Foundation at amyloidosis.org or American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231-4596 www.heart.org or Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 www.browardcenter.org

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, December 6, 2018
REMEMBERING

Charles Anthony Prestia

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Jeff and Elizabeth Moritz

December 4, 2018

Dear Sweet Cousin Alice, we were so saddened to learn of Chuck's passing. He brought a beautiful smile to your face and you shared many wonderful memories together and we are glad to have known him. He will be missed. We send you our love and condolences. Jeffrey & Elizabeth Moritz

Bonnie Repetti

December 4, 2018

Dearest Alice (and Chuck)!
Chuck I am going to miss you so much.💔 There are some people who just feel familiar from the first time you meet. Special.
It was an instant bonding when I met you both over 10 years ago
at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
You remind me of my family roots back in Chicago!! and there was a genuine love and understanding between us.
Chuck I will miss texting you during the 9th inning (any inning!) of the Yankee games. And talking about our pitchers. And rookies, etc...! I remember how we talked the night of Jeters last game.
I have such wonderful memories in a short time. Thank you for your friendship.
And for the pleasure of working with you at the theater with your friendly smile and service.
I love you!
PS I hope you get to meet every Yankee great on the other side.
Alice, my heart is sending you love and comfort to yours & I’ll be seeing lots of you at the theater.
I love you too!
Bonnie Repetti
Director of Volunteer Services
Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Richard Blackburn

December 3, 2018

I will always remember Chuck we met and worked together at International Graphics in Hollywood and met on the day Elvis passed away. In 1977. He was a wonderful person with a big heart we would be working and testing our selves on Movie and other trivia all day long. Our friendship grew over the years and he will be missed by so many. Rest In Peace old friend they don’t make them like you anymore.

Ruth Ludwig

December 2, 2018

Alice, this was the worse email from Bonnie. Chuck was my basketball friend who explained all the rules I did not understand in basketball. He was a great asset to SEAS and a good friend.
He will be missed. He was always smiling.
Keep all the good memories.
Love, Ruth

Michael Wood

December 2, 2018

Alice and family,
So sorry for your loss Alice.
Chuck and I worked many years together. We had a lot of fun working and officiating volleyball.
Chuck was a great friend and will be missed.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal.
Love leaves a memory no one can steal".

Love,
Mike and Carla Wood

Randy Wardell

December 2, 2018

Dear Alice:

It is so difficult to loose a loved one and I share your sadness at this time. We must always keep the memories of the good times and love they left us with. When I started as a volunteer Chuck was one of the Head Ushers, so he had a great influence over my career at the Broward Center.

Take care my friend and we will see you soon.

Randy Wardell
Guest Services Manager - BCPA

Victor & Donna Tocwish

December 2, 2018

Dear Alice,

How very very sad we are to hear of Chuck's passing. The entire Tocwish family convey our deepest sympathy
Our love and prayers surround you across the miles to strengthen you in your loss in this time of tender need.

Sincerely,
Victor & Donna & Family

Karen Greer

December 1, 2018

Dear Alice ,

I’m so sad to hear the passing of Chuck and send my deepest sympathy to you and the Family. I truly enjoyed knowing and working with him. He will be greatly missed.

Much love,
Karen Greer

Helayne Gordon

December 1, 2018

Dear Alice,
Remembering Chuck from our Thursday night crew of ushers. May all your memories sustain you in the days to come. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other . I promise it will get easier.
Helayne