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Charles (Chuck) Thomas Infantino of Davie, Florida, took his greatest adventure on September 8th, 2019, joining our heavenly father in his kingdom of heaven after battling stage 4 lung cancer. Charles was 63 years young.
Charles was born in Rochester, New York, on a cold winter day, January 10, 1956. He was the first born to the late Samuel Infantino and Marilyn (Picone) Infantino. He grew up in the city of Rochester, NY., and had a happy childhood with his brother Thomas (Dino), amongst his loving parents and grandparents. He was a very active child who enjoyed playing football and baseball. He was full of mischief and laughs and loved life with authenticity. He did everything with grace and perfection.
During his early teens, Charles joined his father's family owned restaurant called Pillars in Rochester, where he worked as a dishwasher. It was there where he quickly learned that everything in life was about "negotiation". He transitioned into bartending and then finally to cooking where he enjoyed creating delicious dishes from anything available, following his father's motto "nothing was to be wasted". Charles developed his passion for food which eventually lead him to operate Pillars.
Married, with two children, he moved forward to enrich his passion for food by working for Palmer Protein Market, in Rochester, NY, where he acquired a vast knowledge of selling and purchasing of seafood and meat. Years later, this would become his career and accomplishment in life. In the 1980's Charles divorced, and moved to sunny south Florida. His prior experience in the food industry allowed him to work for a larger food distributor furthering his vast knowledge in the “center of the plate”.
In April of 2002, Charles joined Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, as Commodity Manager in the Food and Beverage Department. It was here that he met his future soulmate Yraida Alvarez, the woman he vowed would one day be his wife. A decade later his vision came true, Charles and Yraida began dating, and in May 2012 they were engaged. They became one and married on April 8, 2017.
After 11 years of service at Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Charles began a short stint with Sherwood Food Distributors that lead to his last endeavor with Ship Supply in Doral where he would end his professional career.
Yraida and Charles’ life and marriage were filled with lots of laughter, love, and happiness, but God had other plans.
Charles is survived by his beloved wife Yraida Alvarez; his mother Marilyn Infantino, his two children:Kristin Marie Ferri-Infantino, and Charles Joseph Infantino; his two stepchildren:
Vanessa Marie Rodriguez and Erick Alexander Rodriguez, his brother Thomas (Dino) Infantino; his six Grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Special Thanks to the staff at Seasons Hospice Unit for providing great care and ensuring his needs were met, and most importantly for keeping Charles comfortable during his last days.
Charles, we love you with all our hearts and will always carry your memory in our hearts.