Charles Zumbro

Charles B. Zumbro

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Charles Byrn Zumbro, age 76, passed away peacefully in his home on the morning of May 28, 2020 after fighting kidney failure. He fought that battle long and bravely with his loving wife, Imelda Catembung Zumbro, by his side.

Charles is survived by his wife, Imelda Catembung Zumbro, his older daughter Zarina Smith, younger daughter, Rekha Zumbro, his sister Betty Lou Zumbro, brother Pat Zumbro, his grandchildren, Yvette Venturi, Angelina Smith, Anika Zumbro and his pets, Ralphie (toy poodle) and Peanut Butter and Jelly (conures).

It is impossible to put into words the legacy left by a man who lived his life serving others, who made such a tremendous difference in so many lives and made this world a far better place by his existence. Charles was a man of sparkling wit, great sense of humor, a boundless love for animals and people. He traveled extensively throughout his remarkable career and enjoyed meeting and getting to know people from different countries, cultures and religions.

Charles was born on June 9, 1943, in Murfreesboro, TN. He studied chemistry, biology and math at Middle Tennessee State University.

He was a volunteer in the Peace Corps India Vb, afterwards he taught high school science and then went back to Peace Corps as a recruiter in the Southeast Region. He joined CARE in mid-1970 and worked at CARE Headquarters in New York and later Atlanta, CARE-India, CARE-Philippines, CARE-Tunisia, CARE-Bangladesh and CARE-Manila (Overseas Field Operations Unit). After that he became the Director of Networking and Communications for World Vision USA and finally, was Director of Information Technology at International Rescue Committee. During his years of work overseas, he once had the honor of meeting and working with Mother Theresa, an experience he never forgot.

Besides animals which included any and all creatures, Charles was a HAM radio operator, loved sci fi movies and books, Filipino and Indian food, coffee, travel, the Lord and his many friends and family who loved him equally as much.

Charles was a genuinely good man. A great man who did big and small things with great love. He will never truly be gone since if he is absent from the body, he is present with the Lord and free from all affliction and suffering.

"In light of the recent worldwide occurrences dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19, a private prayer service was offered at the LIBBY FUNERAL HOME, 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon, NY, followed by a private cremation.

Arrangements were under the direction and professional care of the LIBBY FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon, NY 12508. To offer a message of condolence or share a fond memory, please visit:
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    Private Gathering of Family - Libby Funeral Home
    55 Teller Avenue
    BEACON, NY 12508
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    "In light of the recent worldwide occurrences dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19, a private prayer service to be offered before a private cremation.
    Rev. Adolfo Occeno
  • Interment

    Private Cremation - Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery
    342 South Road
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Neerosh Mudaly

Posted at 12:41am
As Selvie said, we met Charles in India over 45 years ago at a time when I was young and naïve. He introduced me to the concept of humanitarian work through his role with CARE, a role I cherish now in my professional work and as a volunteer with the Emergency services of Red Cross. But more importantly, he showed me what it was to be a warm, caring and generous human being. He not only shared his home and food with us but took us to visit many places in India. We were pampered and spoilt by his generosity and care. He was such fun to be with - those memories stay with me as vivid today as though it was just yesterday. in 2009, my husband, Bala and my brother, Vishnu, briefly visited New York and had the wonderful pleasure of catching up with dear Charles and meeting his loving wife Imelda. It was momentous - we had not seen each other in over 30 years and yet we connected easily. I attach the photos below of our short catch up. I feel so blessed at having had this opportunity to see and meet with him not so long ago. Imelda, I wish you strength at this time and in the future, to continue on your own journey without your kind and loving husband. With love and my deepest sympathy. Neerosh (aka Archie)

Selvie Pather

Posted at 01:08am
Our journey merged with charles & sid in 1974 / both seemed to be joined at the hip so to say , my sister neerosh & i arrived ( from south africa ) in jaipur to attend sophia college in ajmer to study pre-med , we arrived at st peters school in bapu nagar , 1st tasting of the incredible warming welcome of “ everett hospitality “ to 2 strsngers at their door , later meeting charles & sid that very day . From there .. the clan built up with the likes of indaren , betty , sid , charles , neerosh & me - selvie , & a teasing joyous journey began with us thrill seekers bosom buddies ... magnetised by fun & adventure . Charles being that stable quiet yet very important change leader in bigger country issues ... CARE being such a big part of his directing . He never sang his accomplishments , but obvious was his love of all animals ... his wanting to make a better world for humans & all inhabitants of our world .. always vying for the less fortunate . Thank you Zumbrosaar for being so important in those formative times of our lives ... you have left footprints very uniquely YOU ! To your girls zarina & rekha & the zumbro family ... may you cherish the incredible memories of a father & brother . To Imelda .. your dedication & care is nothing short of deep admiration & respect , may each day help you find a New Normal & may you never hold back the tears ... as you honour the charles you loved so deeply .
Zumbrosaar , how lucky were we to have crossed parts with your journey , sharing the uniqueness of jaipur life thro yours & our eyes ! A time so very special .
Vale dear friend Charles Zumbro .
Selvie Pather
( or Squaw as i was known in those frivolous heady days )

Betty & Patrick

Posted at 04:21pm
For our brother who loved the outdoors. May this tree give shelter to the animals he loved.
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Michelle French

Posted at 10:39am
Sending our deepest condolences to the family from Michelle French & Peter Simon.

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