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Charles Joseph Ciaffone

December 28, 1943 — April 21, 2023

Durham, NC – Charles Joseph Ciaffone (Chuck), age 79, died on April 21, 2023. He was born on December 28, 1943 to the late Charles and Rose Ciaffone.

Chuck grew up in Melrose and Sturbridge, MA and spent his summers at Little Sebago Lake in Maine. He attended Tantasqua high school and graduated from Mount Hermon Prep. He attended Clark University, Worcester, MA, where he and Nancy met and fell in love. He earned his BA in English from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY. Chuck was a technical writer and documentation planner for IBM from 1966-1995 in Kingston NY and Charlotte and RTP NC. He was a competitive swimmer in prep school and became a bicyclist: recreational, commuting, and licensed racing, and rode as captain on their tandem with Nancy as stoker. The kids say he instilled a love of bad puns, good ice cream, and dark ales. He loved reading while listening to straight-ahead jazz on WNCU, walking his dog in the neighborhood or a state park, and staying in small villages to exploring the moors and pubs of North Yorkshire.

Chuck is survived by his wife Nancy Ciaffone who, in fall of 1964, took one look at him and fell in lust at first sight. First date in January of 1965; marriage in May of 1966. He is also survived by his children Vikki Ciaffone of Burlington, VT, Mari Nealson of Durham, NC, and Charles and Trish Ciaffone of Micaville, NC, by grandchildren Ardyn Flynt of North Hollywood, CA, El Nealson of Durham NC, and Jesse Ciaffone of Micaville , and by Robert and Gloria Ciaffone of East Brookfield, MA. Chuck was preceded in death by his sister Betty Ciaffone.

The family will plan a memorial service at Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, Durham NC.

The Ciaffone family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences: – select obituaries.

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