ONEONTA – Charles “Charlie” M. Carman Jr., 77, who for years could always be found ringing the bell at a Salvation Army kettle at this time of year, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at Bassett Hospital.
A lifelong Oneonta resident, he was born Sept. 18, 1943, the son of the late Charles and Frances Sturiale. For a period of time he worked for SUNY Oneonta in the custodial department.
Until he became sick, he could often be seen riding around the city on his bicycle.
Charlie was an active member of St. Mary’s Church or his entire life. He also spent many hours volunteering for the Salvation Army as a bell ringer during the holiday season as well as many other functions. Charlie was honored by the Salvation Army many times for his faithful volunteerism.
Charlie was very proud that, throughout his life, he donated blood to the Red Cross every time he could. He loved Christmas season and admired all of the decorations around the city. He also enjoyed city events especially parades. Charlie loved music and dancing.
Charlie will be remembered as a very good natured person that never complained and always had a kind word to say to someone. Many people in Oneonta will remember Charlie as always riding his bicycle throughout the city right up until the time he became ill.
He is survived by his daughter, Valerie Scanlan and her husband, Brett of Charlotte, North Carolina; daughter-in-law, Tricia Carman of Binghamton; adoring grandchildren, Emerson, Bryce, Alaina and Liana; and many cousins.
Charlie was predeceased by his son, Jonathan Carman.
A private funeral service will be held at Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home with the Rev. David Mickiewicz, Pastor, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Oneonta.
Committal and burial will take place in the spring in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.
Contributions in Charlie’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 25 River St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
The family thanks all those that assisted Charlie in various ways.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
To send the family online condolences please go to www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.