Victor J. Chariott
November 27, 1919 - May 9, 2011
Victor J. Chariott, age 91, died peacefully at home on May 9th, from cancer, with his family by his side.
He is survived by his daughter Vickilee and her husband David A. Tooley, who were deeply devoted to him. Also, his grandchildren, Nicholas and Emma, whom he cherished, their father Paul Rogers, and his wife Frances, who’s support was invaluable and several nieces and nephews that he greatly loved. He was predeceased by his youngest daughter Ernestine Rogers in 1995 and his wife and best friend Muriel Manek Chariott in 2005.
Victor was born at home on Burritt Avenue in “Whistleville” to Charles and Louisa Chariott on November 27, 1919. He was the last surviving member of his family of 9 brothers; Ernest, Abe, Fred, Arnold, Ralph, Ted, Art, Charlie and 2 sisters; Theresa and Minnie.
He was educated in Norwalk schools and graduated Norwalk High School, class of 1938.
After high school he went to work in the family business, T. F. Foley Company until WWII started and he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and proudly served from 1942 to 1946 in the Asiatic-Pacific theatre, as a B-24 tail gunner with the 98th Bomb Squadron, 11th Bomb Group, 7th Air Force, known as the “Grey Geese” with a rank of Technical Sergeant.
He returned home from the war and started his own business, The Chariott Brothers Trucking Company, with his brother Ralph. They worked on several local construction projects in Norwalk and Connecticut.
He met and married the love of his life, Muriel in 1955 and went to work for the City of Norwalk as an Inspector Engineer in the Public Works Dept. and oversaw many of the road and bridge building projects in town.
In retirement, he and Merle could always be found on their boat the “Sweet Chariott” during the summer months, and they became “snowbirds” when they bought a condo in Margate, FL, which they enjoyed for many years.
He was the longest standing member of the South Norwalk Boat Club, of which his father was a founder; and also a proud member of the American Legion, Post 12. He loved his hometown of Norwalk and could tell many stories of the good old days.
Victor loved football, (don’t go visit him on a Sunday), parades, gardening, reading, dancing and for the past several years, he spent many happy Saturdays going to tag sales and dining out with Vickilee and David before a last stop at SNBC.
He will be deeply missed by his family and the many friends he had, and also by his little orange cat, his constant companion for the past 2 years.
Goodbye Dad, Grandpa, father-in-law and dear friend, until we meet again, you will live on in our hearts and our memories.
Friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Sunday, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.
A funeral service will be held Monday, May, 16th , at 12:00, Noon, in Collins Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert J. Crofut, officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in St. John Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are requested to Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, 701 Main Avenue, #114, Norwalk, CT 06851 [E-mail Address: email@example.com] or South Norwalk Boat Club Scholarship Fund, 17 Mack Street, Norwalk, CT 06854
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