Charles M. Carangi - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Charles M. Carangi

May 28, 1943 - April 24, 2017

Charles M. Carangi, age 73, of Newark, DE, passed away at his residence on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Born in Philadelphia on May 28, 1943, he was a son of the late Carmen and Lillian (Ciarrocchi) Carangi. A devout catholic, Charles was a longtime parishioner of Holy Family R.C. Church in Newark and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

After retiring as a store manager from Best Products, Charles became self employed. He had a passion for painting and collecting model trains. Above all else, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, John Baird. Charles is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Harriet (Ginsburg) Carangi; children, Charlean Baird and Christopher Carangi (Nicole) of Newark; brothers, Rocco Carangi (Irene) and Carmen Carangi (Patti) of Philadelphia; sisters, Maria Hahn (Martin) of Voorhees, NJ, Kathleen Savini (Carl) of West Chester, PA, and Anne Maria MacWilliams (Frank) of Voorhees, NJ; grandchildren, Brittany, Justin, and Aidan; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:00 am until 11:00 am on Friday morning, April 28, 2017, at Holy Family R.C. Church, E. Chestnut Hill and Gender Roads, Newark, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:00 am. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Drive, Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713.


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  • I am a coworker of Nicole.
    I send prayers to your family.

    Leslie Tucker & Family

  • Im truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • I just wanted to express my sorrow upon learning of Charley’s passing. I’ve known him since the late 1960’s, when he was a member of Silver Valley Model Railroad Club in Camden NJ. When he moved into his home in Newark Delaware, I had the pleasure of helping operate that fabulous Pennsy model railroad he built, on many occasions. Charley also painted and lettered several pieces on my HO Pennsy equipment. That was an art he excelled in doing..
    On several occasions while running a B&O local freight train, we would stop the train behind the McDonald’s Restaurant in Newark (for lunch). Charley would be sitting inside the restaurant eating as well. That gave me the very unexpected but welcome chance to sit and talk model trains over lunch.
    Since retiring I had not had the chance to see or hear from Charley, and now I can’t find the words to say just how sorry I am to have lost such a long time friend. I will miss him.
    Most sincerely,
    Rick Maguire

  • Charlie was one of the nicest, generous, thoughtful, loving people I have ever known. He never lost his temper, always willing to help, and typically was always right in his advice. Great guy to be around. If you were a friend, you were a friend for life. He loved his family very much.

    I offer my condolences to Harriet, Charlean, and Chris and the entire family who were lucky enough to have him in their life.

    I will sorely miss my friend of 47 years.

    Val Pistilli

  • Charlean and family,

    Sending our deepest sympathy on the passing of your loved one. Keeping you and family in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

    Hugs, Fran and John Tebbutt

  • For many years I “heard” of Charlie in conversation, through model railroaders and the infamous answer to the question: “Who painted your train?”. Finally five or so years ago I got to meet him and instantly I knew I liked him. A kind, gentle , give the shirt off his back kind of guy who never let anything bother him. I never saw him angry or even annoyed. If I asked about a part for a train, the next time I saw him he would have it in his hand and give it to me.

    Charlie was a mentor and an inspiration to all of us in the hobby, and you just couldn’t “NOT” like Charlie. His subtle laugh would make you smile and his warm heart was very obvious whenever you talked to him.

    I for one, and I know all my railroad friends will miss him dearly as will I, and the hobby in general will feel the loss for years to come. Rest in peace my friend, and we’ll keep the “sessions” going for you as you look down from your great railroad in the sky… We’ll be missing you…..

    My condolences to the family, children and grandchildren and his lovely wife who I only met once. I can assure you all, we are with you in prayer and missing this wonderful man…..

  • I first met Charlie in 1977 when a mutual friend asked me if I wanted to visit his friend’s model railroad layout. That was the first of many Sunday night visits that continued for a 12 year run. During those pre-internet days he was our “search engine” – always willing to share his knowledge, books and photographs about the Pennsylvania Railroad with the group of guys that met weekly to run his railroad. His innovative approach to the hobby led many of us to produce award-winning models. He inspired countless guys to design and build their own railroads – each of which he considered a “notch” on the leg of his own layout. His passion for the hobby and creative talents will truly be missed.

    My sincerest condolences to the entire Carangi family. May you find comfort in this time of sorrow.

    Many thanks to Harriet & her family for opening your home and welcoming us all these many years.

    Steve Sejda

  • I got to meet Mr. Carangi when a mutual friend, John Clausen, took me over to view Charlie’s HO train layout. I had never seen anything quite like it, and probably have not seen anything better since. He was my PRR Model Railroad hero. I was extremely saddened to hear of his passing and want his wife and family to know that I will keep him in my prayers.

  • I’m sorry to hear about your loss and pain and wanted to share the Bible’s hope of a resurrection at John 5:28,29 at a time when there is no more sickness pain or death right here on earth according to Revelation 21:3,4. Please read these scriptures and may the god of comfort give you comfort in this time of bereavement.

  • Our deepest sympathies to the Carangi family.

  • I just found out about our terrible loss today. Ditto everything that has been posted about him and his family before. I am speechless. There isn’t a day that I work on my trains that I don’t think of what and how Charlie would do it. Most of what I learned about operating a model railroad I learned from him and I always hear in my head… “Recreate the train movements not the track to have a realistic operating railroad.” We all will miss this great man.