Charles Chuck Joseph Sannipoli

July 15, 1945December 8, 2015
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Charles (Chuck) Joseph Sannipoli, after a 2 year plus courageous battle with brain cancer and 13 years of Parkinson’s disease, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2015. He suffers no more.

Chuck was born to Henry and Constance Sannipoli in Camden, New Jersey on July 15, 1945. He attended Edgewood Regional High School where he and his wife Christina (Chris) met. In May 1967 Chuck graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in electrical engineering. On August 26, 1967 Chuck and Chris married and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. Chuck is survived by his devoted wife Chris, sons, Charles (Andy) Andrew (wife Stephanie) and Christopher (Matt) Matthew (wife Colleen) and grandchildren, Connor, Mitchell, Avery, Caitlyn, and Carter and step-grandchildren Julia and Nathan South. A brother, James Dean Sannipoli of Kansas survives him as do nieces Sheryl, Theresa, and Tina and cousin Emalee, all of Kansas.

For 34 years, Chuck worked for IBM and then consulted for IP Infusion for several years thereafter. Throughout Chuck’s business career he was not only fortunate to make lasting friendships, but also, had the opportunity to travel to many interesting cities, states, and countries. His temporary assignments to France, California, New York, and Florida provided Chris, Andy, and Matt with many memorable experiences. Chuck enjoyed travel, fine wine-especially Bordeaux wine-, elegant scotch, golf, hockey, soft jazz and volunteering with the Durham Highway Fire Department where he served on the board and as board chairman for 15 years. But, very most of all Chuck loved very much and always cared for his family and his Corgi, Wattson.

Chuck’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, many caregivers and Pastor Bryan Wright for the care and compassion given to Chuck and his family throughout Chuck’s long journey. Much appreciation to the many friends and family who never forgot to visit with Chuck, send him a card or plant or note or keep him in their prayers. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Duke Children’s Hospital Oncology Department or Transitions LifeCare.

A celebration of life will be held on Monday, December 21, 2015 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home. 7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.

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Ryann Bubac

January 20, 2016

It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to get to know this man. My thoughts continue to be with you Chris.

December 24, 2015

Chris, Your heartfelt, loving words at Chuck's Celebration Of Life were very touching. Your description of him as a kind, loving, caring, humorous, gentle man without a mean bone in his body truly captured the essence of Chuck Sannipoli.
Chris, take heart in knowing that Chuck's wonderful qualities will live on in you, your two sons, and your precious Grandchildren. Sorry for you loss.
Sincerely, Jim and Julie Murphy (Wake Forest, NC)

December 21, 2015

We will always miss Chuck and think of him with great love and affection. Chuck and Chris' visits with us were always a pleasure. We describe Chuck as a true gentleman with a witty sense of humor and we loved being in his company. Rest in peace, dear brother in law, may God have you in his keeping until we meet again. Love, Albert & Geri

Dave Brown

December 18, 2015

Chuck was an amazing person. I was privileged to know him as an industry colleague and fellow Board member of the OIF. I looked up to him as a mentor and example of how to be a respected leader, a dear friend, a strong family man and a passionate hockey fan. I will greatly miss him. Please accept my sympathies.

Tim & Alicia Kerins

December 18, 2015

Chris and family,
So sorry for your loss. Chuck was a wonderful friend and neighbor. He will be truly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Pat and Dan Traynor

December 18, 2015

Chuck was a really nice person! Our thoughts and prayers are with you Chris, Andy, Matt and family.

Portia & George Walls

December 14, 2015

Chuck was a great guy. I worked for him many years at IBM and he was always fair, encouraging and a great business man. So sorry for your lost. Chuck will live on in many of our hearts including mine.

Barbara Chalmers

December 13, 2015

Chris, this is a hard message to write. John & I loved Chuck and will miss him. You are so dear to my heart & we'll keep in touch. Much love & blessings to you and your family.

JD Sannipoli

December 13, 2015

Chris, Andy, Matt, sorry I can't be there, just don't think I can make the trip again

J. D. Sannipoli

December 13, 2015

Chris, Andy, Matt, sorry I can't be there, just don't think I can make the trip again