Charles Zumbro

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: www.libbyfuneralhome.com

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  1. Zarina Zumbro Smith says:

    I have no words that can convey what the loss of my father means to me and to the many people who loved him. I do know this, my dad was one of those human beings who shone a great light wherever he was. A great light has gone out from this world. However, he is now absent from the body but present with the Lord. I love you Daddy.

  2. Roma Milton says:

    Charles was one of a kind, whom I met as a teenager in Ajmer India. he was one of my favourite people, his love and caring knew no bounds! I have so many beautiful memories of him! Our loss is heaven’s gain, God needed an Angel and chose him! Love you Charlie.❤

  3. Percie Managuelod says:

    I had the chance to know Charles during the few times I visited him and imelda in their house in atlanta, seattle and new york. Perhaps i was the only relative from the Philippines who have been to all their houses. I felt very much at home during those times as I could feel that he is a genuine person, loving, caring and thoughtful. I am lucky to have known him, albeit for a short time. He will forever be fondly remembered. Rest in peace Charles!

  4. Kevin McCumber says:

    Imelda, Zarina, Rekha, and family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss of Charles. He was a good man. I first met Charles in 1985 when I joined CARE in NYC. For a year, Charles and I shared a windowless office on the 7th Floor of 660-1st Avenue. At the time, Charles was developing a software called the OFS (Overseas Financial Software) that CARE overseas missions would use for the next decade plus. In 1989, Charles was visiting the Philippines (prior to his relocation there) and was our house guest when a major coup d’etat attempt was launched against President Cory Aquino. Despite the excitement of gun battles and tank fire yards from our house, Charles did decide to relocate to Manila and we worked together again. Of course, Charles met the love of his life, Imelda, during that time. Charles and I would later both work for CARE in Atlanta. Charles will be missed.

    Kevin McCumber and Chery Akaba-McCumber

    • Imelda Zumbro says:

      Thanks Kevin for sharing your memories of Charles. If you remember, during your going away party at CARE in Manila, each staff was asked to say something about you and I thanked you for hiring me so I can meet Charles. And you said, don’t thank me yet, wait 5 years after you get married then you can tell me. Well, after more than 26 years and 9 months of marriage, I am very thankful and grateful that you hired me.

      Thanks for the good memories.

      Imelda

  5. Donald (Curt) Hollaway says:

    Was always a memory to stop and have breakfast with Charles on my way thru NY. Will miss him dearly. Lucy and I (Curt) send our condolences with lots of love

  6. Ron Burkard says:

    Deepest sympathies to Imelda and all of Charles’ family and friends.
    Charles & I first met as colleagues in India in 1975 and remained friends through the years In addition to a competent and highly regarded colleague, he was very knowledgeable about animals and enjoyed having many pets. His departure from this earth is sad but at least his years of suffering from illness has come to an end. RIP.

  7. Sonia Villas Boas-Crane says:

    Our sincere condolences to his family What a wonderful man he was May he rest in peace

  8. Antoniette Campo says:

    We want to express our sympathy to Ate Mhel and Kuya Charles Family. Kuya Charles has left behind memories that will live in our hearts forever.

  9. Bob Burns says:

    Charles Byrne Zumbro, my best friend forever. We became close in 4th Grade. I miss him already. Rest In Peace my old bud!

  10. Cynthia says:

    Charles was a very special human being who loved life, people, animals, birds and bees. He loved playing tricks on us and with us in Jaipur where he spent a few years. We shall remember him fondly with a special prayer that he may rest in peace.

  11. Michelle French says:

    Sending our deepest condolences to the family from Michelle French & Peter Simon.

  12. Selvie pather says:

    We , that is my sister neerosh & i ( selvie ) met charles & sid ( who seemed to be connected at the hip ) in 1974 , we arrived at st peters school in jaipur , welcomed by the everett family & adopted by the charles /sid wondrous beings . We were a group of teasing mates , full of joy & adventure . Charles Zumbro / or zumbrosaar as he was known then was this extremely intelligent , humble lightworker human so much intent on making the world a better place , so very generous & kind to all , and to his friends his generosity was endless . CARE india -Was his esteemed & very acknowledged occupation , funny that, as a human being , that was him full of care . Animals were very much his joy , loving them came easy to him … so very obvious was his need to make their lives better . He loved loved india / or jaipur but thats because we were part of his jaipur days but i would imagine .. he would have given every country he went to the same respect & esteem . Farewell beautiful wonderful charles zumbro , thank you for being such a joyous part of our journey .. Imelda , hoping that you take one day at a time , finding a new normal is going to be so hard but .. one day at a time . Zarina , reckha & the zumbro family .. sending so much love .
    Vale charles dear friend !…

    To his beloved , caring much beyond beautiful wife Imelda .. we send you our deepest respect & thank you for caring for our dear friend .. your loving husband , with such

  13. Selvie pather says:

    We , that is my sister neerosh & i ( selvie ) met charles & sid ( who seemed to be connected at the hip ) in 1974 , we arrived at st peters school in jaipur , welcomed by the everett family & adopted by the charles /sid wondrous beings . We were a group of teasing mates , full of joy & adventure . Charles Zumbro / or zumbrosaar as he was known then was this extremely intelligent , humble lightworker human so much intent on making the world a better place , so very generous & kind to all , and to his friends his generosity was endless . CARE india -Was his esteemed & very acknowledged occupation , funny that, as a human being , that was him full of care . Animals were very much his joy , loving them came easy to him … so very obvious was his need to make their lives better . He loved loved india / or jaipur but thats because we were part of his jaipur days but i would imagine .. he would have given every country he went to the same respect & esteem . Farewell beautiful wonderful charles zumbro , thank you for being such a joyous part of our journey .. Imelda , hoping that you take one day at a time , finding a new normal is going to be so hard but .. one day at a time . Zarina , reckha & the zumbro family .. sending so much love .
    Vale charles dear friend !…

    To his beloved , caring much beyond beautiful wife Imelda .. we send you our deepest respect & thank you for caring for our dear friend .. your loving husband , with such

  14. Selvie pather says:

    We , that is my sister neerosh & i ( selvie ) met charles & sid ( who seemed to be connected at the hip ) in 1974 , we arrived at st peters school in jaipur , welcomed by the everett family & adopted by the charles /sid wondrous beings . We were a group of teasing mates , full of joy & adventure . Charles Zumbro / or zumbrosaar as he was known then was this extremely intelligent , humble lightworker human so much intent on making the world a better place , so very generous & kind to all , and to his friends his generosity was endless . CARE india -Was his esteemed & very acknowledged occupation , funny that, as a human being , that was him full of care . Animals were very much his joy , loving them came easy to him … so very obvious was his need to make their lives better . He loved loved india / or jaipur but thats because we were part of his jaipur days but i would imagine .. he would have given every country he went to the same respect & esteem . Farewell beautiful wonderful charles zumbro , thank you for being such a joyous part of our journey .. Imelda , hoping that you take one day at a time , finding a new normal is going to be so hard but .. one day at a time . Zarina , reckha & the zumbro family .. sending so much love .
    Vale charles dear friend !…

    To his beloved , caring much beyond beautiful wife Imelda .. we send you our deepest respect & thank you for caring for our dear friend .. your loving husband , with such

  15. Selvie pather says:

    We , that is my sister neerosh & i ( selvie ) met charles & sid ( who seemed to be connected at the hip ) in 1974 , we arrived at st peters school in jaipur , welcomed by the everett family & adopted by the charles /sid wondrous beings . We were a group of teasing mates , full of joy & adventure . Charles Zumbro / or zumbrosaar as he was known then was this extremely intelligent , humble lightworker human so much intent on making the world a better place , so very generous & kind to all , and to his friends his generosity was endless . CARE india -Was his esteemed & very acknowledged occupation , funny that, as a human being , that was him full of care . Animals were very much his joy , loving them came easy to him … so very obvious was his need to make their lives better . He loved loved india / or jaipur but thats because we were part of his jaipur days but i would imagine .. he would have given every country he went to the same respect & esteem . Farewell beautiful wonderful charles zumbro , thank you for being such a joyous part of our journey .. Imelda , hoping that you take one day at a time , finding a new normal is going to be so hard but .. one day at a time . Zarina , reckha & the zumbro family .. sending so much love .
    Vale charles dear friend !…

    To his beloved , caring much beyond beautiful wife Imelda .. we send you our deepest respect & thank you for caring for our dear friend .. your loving husband , with such

  16. Selvie pather says:

    We , that is my sister neerosh & i ( selvie ) met charles & sid ( who seemed to be connected at the hip ) in 1974 , we arrived at st peters school in jaipur , welcomed by the everett family & adopted by the charles /sid wondrous beings . We were a group of teasing mates , full of joy & adventure . Charles Zumbro / or zumbrosaar as he was known then was this extremely intelligent , humble lightworker human so much intent on making the world a better place , so very generous & kind to all , and to his friends his generosity was endless . CARE india -Was his esteemed & very acknowledged occupation , funny that, as a human being , that was him full of care . Animals were very much his joy , loving them came easy to him … so very obvious was his need to make their lives better . He loved loved india / or jaipur but thats because we were part of his jaipur days but i would imagine .. he would have given every country he went to the same respect & esteem . Farewell beautiful wonderful charles zumbro , thank you for being such a joyous part of our journey .. Imelda , hoping that you take one day at a time , finding a new normal is going to be so hard but .. one day at a time . Zarina , reckha & the zumbro family .. sending so much love .
    Vale charles dear friend !…

    To his beloved , caring much beyond beautiful wife Imelda .. we send you our deepest respect & thank you for caring for our dear friend .. your loving husband , with such

  17. Selvie pather says:

    We , that is my sister neerosh & i ( selvie ) met charles & sid ( who seemed to be connected at the hip ) in 1974 , we arrived at st peters school in jaipur , welcomed by the everett family & adopted by the charles /sid wondrous beings . We were a group of teasing mates , full of joy & adventure . Charles Zumbro / or zumbrosaar as he was known then was this extremely intelligent , humble lightworker human so much intent on making the world a better place , so very generous & kind to all , and to his friends his generosity was endless . CARE india -Was his esteemed & very acknowledged occupation , funny that, as a human being , that was him full of care . Animals were very much his joy , loving them came easy to him … so very obvious was his need to make their lives better . He loved loved india / or jaipur but thats because we were part of his jaipur days but i would imagine .. he would have given every country he went to the same respect & esteem . Farewell beautiful wonderful charles zumbro , thank you for being such a joyous part of our journey .. Imelda , hoping that you take one day at a time , finding a new normal is going to be so hard but .. one day at a time . Zarina , reckha & the zumbro family .. sending so much love .
    Vale charles dear friend !…

    To his beloved , caring much beyond beautiful wife Imelda .. we send you our deepest respect & thank you for caring for our dear friend .. your loving husband , with such

  18. Selvie pather says:

    We , that is my sister neerosh & i ( selvie ) met charles & sid ( who seemed to be connected at the hip ) in 1974 , we arrived at st peters school in jaipur , welcomed by the everett family & adopted by the charles /sid wondrous beings . We were a group of teasing mates , full of joy & adventure . Charles Zumbro / or zumbrosaar as he was known then was this extremely intelligent , humble lightworker human so much intent on making the world a better place , so very generous & kind to all , and to his friends his generosity was endless . CARE india -Was his esteemed & very acknowledged occupation , funny that, as a human being , that was him full of care . Animals were very much his joy , loving them came easy to him … so very obvious was his need to make their lives better . He loved loved india / or jaipur but thats because we were part of his jaipur days but i would imagine .. he would have given every country he went to the same respect & esteem . Farewell beautiful wonderful charles zumbro , thank you for being such a joyous part of our journey .. Imelda , hoping that you take one day at a time , finding a new normal is going to be so hard but .. one day at a time . Zarina , reckha & the zumbro family .. sending so much love .
    Vale charles dear friend !…

    To his beloved , caring much beyond beautiful wife Imelda .. we send you our deepest respect & thank you for caring for our dear friend .. your loving husband , with such

  19. Selvie pather says:

    We , that is my sister neerosh & i ( selvie ) met charles & sid ( who seemed to be connected at the hip ) in 1974 , we arrived at st peters school in jaipur , welcomed by the everett family & adopted by the charles /sid wondrous beings . We were a group of teasing mates , full of joy & adventure . Charles Zumbro / or zumbrosaar as he was known then was this extremely intelligent , humble lightworker human so much intent on making the world a better place , so very generous & kind to all , and to his friends his generosity was endless . CARE india -Was his esteemed & very acknowledged occupation , funny that, as a human being , that was him full of care . Animals were very much his joy , loving them came easy to him … so very obvious was his need to make their lives better . He loved loved india / or jaipur but thats because we were part of his jaipur days but i would imagine .. he would have given every country he went to the same respect & esteem . Farewell beautiful wonderful charles zumbro , thank you for being such a joyous part of our journey .. Imelda , hoping that you take one day at a time , finding a new normal is going to be so hard but .. one day at a time . Zarina , reckha & the zumbro family .. sending so much love .
    Vale charles dear friend !…

    To his beloved , caring much beyond beautiful wife Imelda .. we send you our deepest respect & thank you for caring for our dear friend .. your loving husband , with such

  20. Selvie pather says:

    We , that is my sister neerosh & i ( selvie ) met charles & sid ( who seemed to be connected at the hip ) in 1974 , we arrived at st peters school in jaipur , welcomed by the everett family & adopted by the charles /sid wondrous beings . We were a group of teasing mates , full of joy & adventure . Charles Zumbro / or zumbrosaar as he was known then was this extremely intelligent , humble lightworker human so much intent on making the world a better place , so very generous & kind to all , and to his friends his generosity was endless . CARE india -Was his esteemed & very acknowledged occupation , funny that, as a human being , that was him full of care . Animals were very much his joy , loving them came easy to him … so very obvious was his need to make their lives better . He loved loved india / or jaipur but thats because we were part of his jaipur days but i would imagine .. he would have given every country he went to the same respect & esteem . Farewell beautiful wonderful charles zumbro , thank you for being such a joyous part of our journey .. Imelda , hoping that you take one day at a time , finding a new normal is going to be so hard but .. one day at a time . Zarina , reckha & the zumbro family .. sending so much love .
    Vale charles dear friend !…

    To his beloved , caring much beyond beautiful wife Imelda .. we send you our deepest respect & thank you for caring for our dear friend .. your loving husband , with such generosity of self / you are so special & he knew that well !

  21. Selvie pather says:

    We , that is my sister neerosh & i ( selvie ) met charles & sid ( who seemed to be connected at the hip ) in 1974 , we arrived at st peters school in jaipur , welcomed by the everett family & adopted by the charles /sid wondrous beings . We were a group of teasing mates , full of joy & adventure . Charles Zumbro / or zumbrosaar as he was known then was this extremely intelligent , humble lightworker human so much intent on making the world a better place , so very generous & kind to all , and to his friends his generosity was endless . CARE india -Was his esteemed & very acknowledged occupation , funny that, as a human being , that was him full of care . Animals were very much his joy , loving them came easy to him … so very obvious was his need to make their lives better . He loved loved india / or jaipur but thats because we were part of his jaipur days but i would imagine .. he would have given every country he went to the same respect & esteem . Farewell beautiful wonderful charles zumbro , thank you for being such a joyous part of our journey .. Imelda , hoping that you take one day at a time , finding a new normal is going to be so hard but .. one day at a time . Zarina , reckha & the zumbro family .. sending so much love .
    Vale charles dear friend !…

    To his beloved , caring much beyond beautiful wife Imelda .. we send you our deepest respect & thank you for caring for our dear friend .. your loving husband , with such generosity of self / you are so special & he knew that well !

  22. Selvie Pather says:

    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 )

  23. Neerosh Mudaly says:

    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)

  24. mel krupnick says:

    We knew Charles and Imelda for many years at CARE. We have missed then for several years. We will have many memories. Mel Krupnick

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