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O. B. Davis Funeral Homes

4839 Nesconset Highway, Port Jefferson Station, NY

OBITUARY

Charles Pappalardo

September 2, 1918April 27, 2015

PAPPALARDO, Charles on April 27, 2015 of Bayside, New York and East Quogue, Long Island. Beloved husband of Annette for 72 wonderful years. Loving father of Carole Pappalardo (Dennis Ross), David C. Pappalardo (Kathleen Werther), Nancy Bishop (David) and the late Jayne Pappalardo. Cherished grandfather of 10 and great grandfather of 6. He was born in the Bronx in 1918 to Antonino and Maria Pappalardo, who immigrated to the USA from Pedara, Sicily circa 1905. He graduated from Dewitt Clinton High School and then graduated from City College of New York (CCNY). In his youth, he enjoyed the Long Island Sound and the Bayville beaches along with his sisters, Marie and Joan. He met his wife Annette in 1942 at a USO in Staten Island and they were married that year on November 28. He was commissioned as a US Army Lieutenant in May of 1942 and in early 1943 shipped out to North Africa and was attached to the British 8th Army. His service in WWII then took him to Sicily where he set up military/civil affairs governments in town after town as the war waged on. Ultimately, his service took him to the mainland of Italy. In 1946, he separated from active duty followed by 30 plus years as a US Army Reserve Officer and retired in 1978 at the rank of Colonel. Following the war, he returned to his academic pursuits earning multiple Master’s Degrees from Columbia University while returning to his former post with the City University of New York. His academic career spanned four decades including nearly 20 years as Professor and Library Director at Queensborough Community College. He enjoyed the peace and solitude of fishing on Shinnecock Bay, even when the bounty was small. His family will always be grateful for his wise decision to purchase a summer home in East Quogue in 1951, where the children and his wife Annette spent the summers enjoying the ocean beaches and the great outdoor character of Long Island’s South Fork. Charles and Annette truly treasured travelling the world together. Their adventures took them through Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Hawaii. Reposing at O.B. Davis Funeral Homes, 4839 Nesconset Highway, Port Jefferson Station, Long Island. Visitation, Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 2 - 6 pm. Funeral Mass Monday, May 4, 2015, 10 am Infant Jesus Chapel at St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson, Long Island. Interment to follow the Mass at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, Long Island. In lieu of flowers and in honor of Col. Charles Pappalardo, Ret. the family asks that friends please consider donating to the: Wounded Warriors Project at: https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=676&campaignSource=ONLINE&source+BS15036 and/or Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) at: http://www.listateveteranshome.org/2015-01-07-16-40-59 and the LISVH Donation Form at http://www.listateveteranshome.org/docs/LISVHdonationform.pdf

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, May 3, 2015
  • Funeral Mass Monday, May 4, 2015
  • Interment Monday, May 4, 2015

Memories

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John Drobnicki

February 9, 2016

As the Queensborough Community College Chief Librarian, Professor Pappalardo also supervised the York College Library during its first year of existence, 1967-1968, because the York Library started in the basement of the Queensborough Library. As we prepare to celebrate our upcoming fiftieth anniversary, the current faculty and staff of the York College Library belatedly mourn Professor Pappalardo's passing, and are honored to have had a connection with such a good and knowledgeable librarian, as well as a kind and gentle-man.

May 8, 2015

Carole, and Family,
I never met your Dad (husband), but reading his obituary made me realize what a special and remarkable man he was. Cherish the memories.......God bless. Kathy & John Kelly

May 2, 2015

Dearest Family,
Pop, Dad, Grandpa, Great Grand Pa, Husband and "Charlie" lived a long, prosperous and happy life as a good man. Take comfort in the fact that we all were a part of it for so long.....he will never be forgotten and he will live in our collective memories for all eternity....
Love Always,
Carl and Sandy

Norman Coonley

May 1, 2015

The family of Norman and Rae Coonley send condolences to Nancy and David for your loss. God Bless you and your family.

Vernalisa and family

May 1, 2015

Meglio un giorno da leone che cento da pecora - He lived a rich and fulfilling life and you all have loads of memories to keep in your hearts. Our deepest sympathies to the entire Pappalardo family.

William Kamenel

April 29, 2015

RIP Don Charles. You were the personification of the "Greatest Generation". Thank you for making our world safe on your tour. It was my privilege and honor to have known you and your wonderful family.

Diane Norcott

April 28, 2015

Rest In Peace Mr. Pappalardo. Jimmy and I will miss you at the family gatherings. You were the most intelligent and interesting man we have ever met. You are leaving behind a very Blessed family who were so fortunate to call you dad and grandfather. Love Diane & Jimmy.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY