In Loving Memory of Charles M. Orlando, Jr.

September 30, 1935
Nyack, NY
November 27, 2017
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Sunday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

December 03, 2017


St. Pius X Church

Mass of Christian Burial

834 Brookside Drive,
CT 06824

Monday, December 4, 2017 10:00 AM


Oak Lawn Cemetery

1530 Bronson Road,
CT 0624

December 04, 2017

Family Gathering


Alzheimer's Association

200 Executive Blvd.,
Suite 4B,
CT 06489

Charles M. Orlando, Jr.

Charles M. Orlando, Jr., age 82, beloved husband of 53 years of Carol (Cole) Orlando, passed away peacefully Monday, November 27, 2017 at Bridgeport Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born in Nyack, NY the son of the late Charles and Concetta Orlando, he resided in Schenectady and Scotia, NY for many years and also resided in the Adirondacks, Sarasota, FL and summered in Fairfield. Mr. Orlando graduated from Nyack High School, Fordham University and received a PhD in Organic Chemistry from New York University at the age of 25. He was employed by General Electric for 32 years in research and development. He was a member of the G.E. Elfin Society and the American Chemical Society. A devout Roman Catholic, Charles was always active in the parishes where he lived whether serving as Eucharistic Minister or in other groups such as Christ Renews at Our Lady of the Angels in Bradenton, FL, and Retorno at St. John the Baptist Church in Schenectady. He was a 1st Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Orlando enjoyed playing golf and cross country skiing. Above all else, Charles delighted in time spent with his large and extended family and circle of friends who adored him. Survivors in addition to his loving wife, Carol, include three beloved children, Laurie J. Orlando and her husband Stuart M. Ginsburg of Fairfield, Christine L. Orlando and her husband Joe Budd of Fairfield and Charles M. Orlando, III and his wife Laurie Woodworth Orlando of Syracuse; seven adoring grandchildren, Matthew S. Ginsburg, Wendy Macomber, Leo C. Orlando, Emma L. Budd, Grace C. Budd, Kayla Douglas and Alex Padula; seven cherished great-grandchildren, Sophia, Nathan, Cole, Finn, Kinley, Blake and Jack; a sister, Carol Senatore and her husband Lou of Sarasota, FL; a brother, Albert J. Orlando and his wife Dianne of Greenwich; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Arthur C. Orlando. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, December 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield. Family and friends may call Sunday, December 3rd from1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Blvd, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489 or the American Heart Assoc., 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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  1. i always loved Uncle Charley’s sweet demeanor. He and my Dad were first cousins and so close growing up, i know that they cared a great deal for each other. My Dad always spoke very highly of him. Also, our generation of cousins spent so much time together as we grew up. We all share such a special bond, this is due to the example that our parents set for us. Thank you, Uncle Charley, for being such a beautiful influence on our lives. i am so grateful that i got to tell him that i love him on the phone only hours before he passed. i’d like to think that he, my Mom & Dad, and all the loved ones that have crossed over before, are now guardian angels for the new generation of the Orlando/Rubinaccio/Solecitto and all other families touched by this bloodline and beyond….Rest in Peace , dear Uncle Charley.

  2. Charlie was one of the nicest persons one would ever want to meet. I was a teammate of Charlie at Nyack High School, back in the early 50’s and also after graduation in the local softball leagues.
    Though I lost touch with him many years later, I did once again meet with him and his wife Carol in Sarasota, Florida, which brought our friendship back together once again. My dearest condolences to his wife Carol and his whole family.
    Sincerely, Bob Kopenhaver ( wife, Sandy also)

  3. Prayers and sincere sympathy to the Family of Charles. Carol, we sat at the same table at the Knights of Columbus Bishop’s Burse a few years ago. My wife and I truly enjoyed time spent with the both of you. The company was superb. God bless you and your Family and the repose of the soul of an admired Brother Knight, and friend.
    Prayerfully Yours;
    Dennis and Joan

  4. I always liked Charlie, knew him from GE R&D center. Played basketball with him, he was always gracious. Just a very nice person, although I haven’t seen him in many years, I will miss him. Bless his family, so sorry.

  5. Carol, So sorry to read of Charley’s death. I have fond memories of both of you at SJB. Lynn Lucas.

  6. I was sad to learn of Charlie’s passing. The news brought to mind many happy times we shared as neighbors on Central Parkway. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept my condolences for you loss.

  7. Carol Ann, It’s been many years since we last saw you or Charlie, but my sister, Linda, and I have fond memories of you, Ricky and your parents. She asked me to convey our deepest sympathy and let you know our prayers are with you and your family. It’s been a long time since your Rockland County years but we were all so fortunate to grow up with such strong family and friendship bonds. Charlie’s brother Art was my high school history teacher and much loved by all. I worked with Al at Clarkstown School District, although he taught in the high school and I was in the elementary. The Orlando’s were a well respected and loved family here in Rockland. I’m sure he was welcomed in heaven by his parents and brother Art. May God bless you and give you strength.

  8. Carol and family,
    Sending our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to all of you at this most difficult time. We were so sorry to read the sad news. Although, we cannot attend the service for this wonderful man, loving husband and father and grandfather, we will be thinking of you on Monday. May God bless you.
    Love, Janet and Bob

  9. To all the wonderful family and friends of Charlie we extend our deepest sympathy. We know that he will be greatly missed but his presence will remain in the lives of those who loved him.

  10. To Carol and Orlando family,

    I just read about the passing of Charlie. My best wishes to the Orlando family and friends. As everyone should know, he was one of the nicest guys I have ever known. I know there is a place in heaven for him. Love to everyone.

    -Walter Rose

  11. My condolences to Carol, Louie and the rest of the family. So sorry about Charlie’s passing.