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Charles G. Del Signore

Schenectady - Charles Gabriel Del Signore, 91 of Niskayuna, NY, passed peacefully on Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

Born in New York City on November 18, 1930, Charles was the only son of the late Matthew A. Del Signore and Rose Novotny. He was predeceased by his half sister Dorothy Hoffman (Dell'Orto) and is survived by his half brother Paul Dell'Orto (Jackie).  He married Nancy E. Gould of Babylon, Long Island on May 8, 1954 and had eight children: Michael, Jean (Deceased), Paul, Lisa, Mark, Christopher, Claire (Abi-Hanna), and John.  Charles married Mary E. Ivey on July 12, 1985 and had one child, Gabriel.  He had 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Charles attended various New York City schools, was a graduate of Lindenhurst High School class of 1948, and was a graduate of C.W. Post College.  He worked for the New York State Department of Transportation for thirty years, retiring in 1985 at which time he became the Branch Manager of the Albany office of Greenman-Pedersen Design Service until 1993.  He was a member of the Niskayuna Reformed Church where he served as a Deacon and  Elder. Charles will be remembered for his love of family and of course, his affinity for telling a good joke!
A memorial service will be private at the convenience of the family. 

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Charlie became a dear friend shortly after I arrived at NYS DOT and we continued our friendship until his passing. Mary, you are one of my dearest friends. I hope you and Gabe and other friends and family help each other get through this enormous loss (pun intended!) Much love, Sharon Landers

Sharon Landers Sep 7 2022 4:47 PM

I was so sorry to hear of Charlie's passing! My sympathy goes out to Mary, Gabe and the the rest of his family. Whenever Charlie was at the church, he would make it a point to stop in at the Nursery School to see how we were doing and, of course, to share some silly jokes. Charlie was a wonderful, kind man and he will be missed!

Kathy Mausert Aug 31 2022 8:35 AM

My condolences to Mary and family on Charlie's passing. Not many of us left from the DOT of the 1980s, but I'm still here for now..

Tom Kligerman Aug 30 2022 11:53 AM

I met Charles when I first joined NYSDOT in 1968 as a Junior Engineer. Charles was someone we all looked up to. I have fond memories of his guidance.

Robert Brakman Aug 29 2022 7:38 PM

Mary and Gabe,
Thinking of you both at this time. Keep the memories close to your heart. 💕
Wendy Pagano (from Dr. DeSienas office)

Wendy Aug 27 2022 2:16 PM

He was my friend. We shared ideas. Strength, courage, and sympathy to my old boss Mary.

William McColl Aug 26 2022 4:02 PM

Dear Mary and family:
So sorry to learn of Charlie's passing.
I had the honor and privilege to work with Charlie for many years when he represented GPI and I was at the Thruway. He was a marvelous engineer with great insight and problem solving ability. But more so, he was just a wonderfully warm and genuine individual who always ready and willing to help. His jokes (some pretty corny) were wonjderful.
He will be sorely missed.

Tony Gregory Aug 26 2022 3:11 PM

Charles was my next door neighbor since I moved to Niskayuna over 23 years ago. He was a wonderful & caring neighbor. He would always ask how my boys and I were doing and we'd talk about whatever. We usually saw each other while we were mowing or working in our backyards. I was sad when I heard he and Mary moved...and now sad to hear of his passing.
Mary & the Del Signore family, I am so sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts & prayers. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

Emily Goodfriend Aug 26 2022 11:29 AM

Charlie , was such a wonderful person. I always enjoyed a good laugh. He will be missed

Robinson , d Aug 26 2022 10:20 AM

Dear Mary, and all the Del Signore clan,
We remember Charles always with great fondness. Most often, He brought smiles and laughter; my mother enjoyed the banter between the two and they enjoyed breaking out into song (the oldy oldies) after church. For Del (John) and I: we looked forward to seeing Charles and Mary in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings and both the parties had permanent pew seats- we sat in front of Charles and Mary. Before Del and I took our seats Del’s routine would be to walk by Charles and tickle his ear- we would always get a Sunday morning chuckle from that. The four of us did an Italian food themed coffee hour once, and Charles taught Del how to tie round shoe laces so they wouldn’t come out. Charles darned a sock of Del’s once, after Del claimed he wanted to learn, but really it was a ploy to get his sock darned. Del always called Charles his “grandfather”, rubbing it in that Charles was the eldest of the two. We have missed Charles and Mary since their recent life changes and wish we could enjoy them some more but that is not the way life is. Charles told Del the Del Signore name means “of the Lord”- I don’t know about Del and I but Charles- most certainly. Our deepest sympathy to you all,
Love, Lynn and Del (John) Del Signore

Lynn Del signore Aug 22 2022 2:36 PM

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