Chuck Catania

October 11, 1945January 4, 2019
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On Friday, January 4, 2019, Chuck Catania, loving husband and stepfather passed away at age 73.

Chuck was born on October 11,1945 in San Jose, CA to Dominic and Tosca Louise (Tomey) Catania. He attended San Jose State University and entered the US ARMY in 1966 Graduating from Officer Candidate School class of 1967 Chuck worked in the computer industry 50+ years in Silicon Valley. On May 17, 2002, he married Beverly Miller.

Chuck had a life long passion for trains; he was a talented model railroader. Chuck’s infectious enthusiasm for life and sharing stories will be missed by many people. He also loved to bird watch, his journal of 10 years following the nesting of two Red Tail Hawks he named Rocky and Rosie and many names for their fledglings, the pictures and journal were much admired not only by friends and family, but also by all who loved to listen of their adventurers. He was also an avid music lover. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit.

His father, Dominic, and his mother, Louise, preceded Chuck in death. His wife Beverly survives him, his two-step children, Walter Hirt and Lori McKinley, his sister Tosca, grandchildren and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to American Cancer Society, or National Model Railroad Association (NMRA).


  • Robert Tomey
  • Tom LoCoco
  • Bill Lewis
  • Walter Hirt
  • Garth Lewis
  • Daniel McKinley
  • Dave Loveless
  • Seth Neuman


  • Visitation Monday, January 14, 2019
  • Rosary Monday, January 14, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • Entombment Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Chuck Catania

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Donna Carlson Gardner

January 16, 2019

Chuck Catania was a friend and mentor at Apple, where we worked together for many years. He taught me many things about manufacturing and technology, but most memorable were his cheerful approach to solving any challenge, his eagerness to share insights with younger colleagues, and his loyalty to those who worked for and with him. I feel privileged to have known and worked with Chuck Catania, and send my heartfelt condolences to his family and to all his many friends.

Erich Whitney

January 12, 2019

I've only know Chuck for a few years and only just met him in person in Kansas City this past summer but his passing is a huge loss to the entire model railroading community. His bright, positive attitude and laugh was infectious and fun to be around. He was so much fun to have a conversation with. To his family and close friends, I am so sorry he had to leave us all too soon. I can only imagine how difficult this is for you. I will do everything I can to soldier on without him and keep his memory alive. I am blessed and honored to have known him.


Erich Whitney
Derry, NH

Seth Neumann

January 11, 2019

I met Chuck Catania some time in the 2000s when we were both helping other model railroaders with signaling and control projects. We often would discuss these projects over lunch and soon started to work together. Before long, we’d developed a list of requirements for products to make it easier to do what our “clients” needed, and we decided to start a small business to build and resell our designs to other modelers as well as to support our own efforts.

It was fun to work with Chuck and every meeting he’d bring something new or a great idea for some new project or product. The fact that Chuck was a manufacturing professional meant that the designs were manufacturable and reliable, which made the business easy.

I’m going to miss the good times working on customers’ projects, trade shows and new product development, Chuck’s enthusiasm and talent made it just fun: it was a great way for two retired electronics guys to keep playing and spread the love in our hobby! Chuck just made it better for everyone around him.

Garry Glazebrook

January 10, 2019

Chuck's warmth and generosity meant that he had friends from as far away as Australia. When I visited the US in 2011 with some other Aussie railroad enthusiasts, Chick made us extremely welcome, which led to subsequent visits, where he and Beverley opened their house to me and my wife, and showed us around his beloved Gilroy district. In 2017 Chuck organised a layout tour in the Bay area for me and my friend Lachlan from Australia, and he and Beverley went out of their way to make us welcome. Chuck's infectious enthusiasm for life will be missed by many people, including from Australia. Our thoughts go out to Beverley and his family and friends.

Kathy Ehinger

January 10, 2019

Happy Couple spreading happiness at their daughter's wedding.

Kathy Ehinger

January 10, 2019

Celebrating with daughter Lori at her wedding

Phill Laursen

January 7, 2019

As a friend and as an expert on Gilroy railroading, Chuck inspired me — from sharing his model railroad, helping direct the photographing of his uncle's workshop, to contributing splendid detail about a newly-acquired 1930's aerial photo of Gilroy's rail yard, Chuck's warmth and passion show how we can leave a legacy to our community.