Charles Angelo Zambrano
Charles Angelo “Charlie” Zambrano, 92, of North Haven, passed away at his home on July 26. He was born on April 7, 1931, in East Haven to the late Elizabeth and George Zambrano. He grew up in East Haven before moving to North Haven with his wife and family. He leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Marie (DeFelice) Zambrano.
Charlie retired from Harloc Products, West Haven when he was 58 years old. He started there at age 18 as a tool and die maker and was promoted to plant manager in his mid-20s. He then worked for Ultramatic for 10 years, where he built production and prototype machinery. He started his own company, Vendomatic vending machine company, in the 1960s. During his retirement, he enjoyed traveling to Atlantic City and Cape Cod. He spent most of his years devoted to his children and especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed woodworking and built many items for them. Charlie always helped family and friends, from repairing their cars to remodeling their homes. He enjoyed gardening and was very proud of his fig and lemon trees. He enjoyed participating in many sports, including baseball, football, and bowling. He played for the Foxon Crowhill football team. He was an avid Red Sox fan.
Charlie was predeceased by his sisters: Florence, Pearl, Elizabeth, Carmel, Mary, Concetta, Adeline, and Anna. He was predeceased by his brothers, Giacomo and Benny. He leaves behind his children, Jean (Jim) Marotta of Virginia, Charles (Diane) Zambrano of Cheshire, and Lisa (Ernest) Viola of North Haven. He also leaves his grandchildren: Craig, Caitlin, Beth, Donna, Joseph, and Andrew, and his great-grandchildren: Julia, Zachary, Hannah, and Benjamin.
The visiting hours will be from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. Friday morning, Aug. 4, at The Havens Family North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, East Haven. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the PAN Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease. www.northhavenfuneral.com.