portrait picture for Victor J. Chariott

Wake: Friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Sunday, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Services: A funeral service will be held Monday, May, 16th , at 12:00, Noon, in Collins Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert J. Crofut, officiating. Burial: Burial with military honors will follow in St. John Cemetery. Donations: Memorial contributions are requested to Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, 701 Main Avenue, #114, Norwalk, CT 06851 [E-mail Address:  info@visitingnurse.net] or South Norwalk Boat Club Scholarship Fund,  17 Mack Street, Norwalk, CT 06854

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:  info@visitingnurse.net] or South Norwalk Boat Club Scholarship Fund,  17 Mack Street, Norwalk, CT 06854

Please Share a Memory of Vic with us, and leave a picture or story.

  1. To Vickilee & family – What a truly sweet man your father was. We always enjoyed seeing & chatting with him at SNBC and will miss his smiling face and “a smooch”. Your devotion to him was evident and touching. Our sympathies to all.

    September 28, 2011
    Pam Keegan & Andy Vena -
  • Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear of your loss. He was a lot of things to many people and will be missed tremendously. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    September 28, 2011
    Diana Seib -
  • To Vicki & Dave and the rest of the Chariott Family, I was so sorry to learn about the passing of your father. Your dad always seemed so vital and alive as he drove by my house and smiled, he never failed to offer up a wave or friendly greeting. As the most casual of acquaintances, it seemed to me that he loved life right up to the end, which is certainly supported by the fascinating obituary you all wrote. So much about your father was noteworthy: the last surviving member of 11 siblings, a WWII tail gunner in a B-24, a life-long resident of Norwalk, the son of a founder of the South Norwalk Boat Club, and so much more…he led an incredibly interesting life! Thank you for sharing the obit, I enjoyed learning more about him. That he was a member of “the greatest generation”, having served (and survived) in one of the most dangerous assignments during the war is another amazing tribute, one to which we all owe a debt of gratitude. We can learn a lot from our parent’s generation as role models. I’m glad he recently got to go to a veteran’s reunion and that you were able to accompany him. It wouldn’t surprise me if he and my late wife somehow found each other in heaven, and right now are looking at us as neighbors, smiling & laughing as they tell jokes about each of us. My prayers go out to your entire family as you search for the strength to cope with your loss. Ed Riley.

    September 28, 2011
    Ed Riley -
  • We were very sorry to hear this sad news. We remember Vic as a charming and very dear man who was always so inclusive and welcoming of us into his extended family. We offer our sincere condolences to Vickilee and Dave who we know did so much for him and also to Paul, Fran, Nick and Emma who loved him greatly and we are sure will miss him greatly. May He Rest In Peace.

    September 28, 2011
    Noel and Anne Brownsell -
  • Dear Vicki, David and family: I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was one of the nicest people I have ever met. Kind, sweet, a real gentleman. Vic was always in a good mood and a smile on his face. A pleasure to have known. Vicki, you and David were amazing to your Dad and that will help you get thru this. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time. Love, Jane M. Seymour

    September 28, 2011
    Jane M. Seymour -
  • I’m sorry to hear about your Dad. 91 years is a great accomplishment. God Bless him and your family.

    September 28, 2011
    Rosemarie Flynn -
  • Please accept our sincere condolences for the passing of your father. We always enjoyed attending the annual reunion of the NHS Class of 1938 with my father, Mike Errico. Your father always was so welcoming to us. He will be sorely missed. Kathy Granata

    September 28, 2011
    Kathy (Errico) and Bill Granata -
  • I’ve known Vic for over 50 years because he married my mother, Muriel. Vic always treated me with kindness and consideration (and more than likely, it was probably because of my high school habit of parading prom dates or girlfriends around the living room for his approval and Vic never disagreed with me!). If I close my eyes and picture Vic, I see a smile with rosey cheeks. And I think the only way the smile disappeared was when the Giants lost a football game. Vic was a great dad and friend to those he loved. And I’d suppose right now, Vic is hugging Muriel, the love of his life, and Ernie is getting a squeeze as well. And wherever they are, I’m certain it’s cocktail hour and they’re toasting their reunion while watching friends and family celebrate a wonderful life. My heart hurts for Vickilee, David and the extended family, but I know they too can close their eyes and see the fatherly smile that comforted, laughed with them and loved them all these years. God Bless Victor Chariott.

    September 28, 2011
    Scott Houston -
  • The home of the Chariott family was my second home for years. Vicki and I learned the “ropes” of boating, finally being trysted enough to go out on our own at times. My favorite memories are of summers out on the islands, swimming the picnics, the fun! All those years and I never, ever felt anything other than welcome and a part of the family. Vic took us to H.S. Football Games and I remember thinking how lucky Vicki was…. her Dad wanted to spend time with his daughters and included me! He gave me my first sauce sandwich and he relished every single bite! I never saw Vic grumpy, and I don’t think he ever yelled. He always seemed to feel on top of the world with his warm welcoming smile! The only time I ever saw Vic serious was when Vicki & I were out fishing with him and there was a sudden change in the weather. At first he made light of it as we pulled anchor and gear into the boat, but as we set in, the waves grew higher and higher. The boat was bouncing all over and he became the captain, giving us direction as we struggled to hear each other and the rain poured down on us. Once we got in he was jovial again after he had explained to us how unpredictable the water can be and how important it is that we remain calm and alert to unexpected dangers. Vic was a warm, caring “Dad” to me when he didn’t have to be….I am so fortunate to have had his influence in my life, especially those early teen years, but even into my adult life. He will be missed by so many because he shared so much!

    September 28, 2011
    Lisa Kavanaugh -
  • Victor will be greatly missed by his fellow classmates from the NHS Class ’38. (John) I will always cherish the wonderful stories heard at the yearly reunions Victor helped pull together at the SNBC. They always make the “old Norwalk” seem like a great place to grow up and it’s wonderful to see the twinkle in their eyes with each tall tale. (Nina)

    September 28, 2011
    John Froleiks / Nina Wikman -
  • Dear Vicki: Your father was one in a million. He was one of the good guys who embodied the spirit of the good old days with a friendly smile and a twinkle in his eye. I enjoyed his friendship from our days at Norwalk High and, speaking for our February 1938 classmates, we appreciate all he and you have done to make our annual lunches such a success. I’ve posted a picture of your father and you at last year’s luncheon in the Photo Gallery. Vic will be missed by his friends and I know he will be sorely missed by you and his family. Teddy and I want you to know how sorry we are at his passing and we extend our sincere condolences. God Bless. Teddy and Mike Errico

    September 28, 2011
    Teddy and Mike Errico -
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    September 28, 2011
    Ulrike and Douglas Bell -
  • Dear Vickylee, David & Chariott Family, Whenever Victor entered the SNBC ,we gravitated to him. We met him only a few years ago but there was no one like him. He always had a smile for us and made us feel so special when really he was the special one. We loved to hear about his life growing up and just last year shared his years in the war with us. We feel so fortunate to have known him! He was truly a special friend and a wonderful person!

    September 28, 2011
    Lloyd & Cookie Dean -
  • My sincere sympathy to all the family members in the loss of your of your loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Chris

    September 28, 2011
    Christina Gagne Salley -
  • Vickilee & Dave, Reading through these condolences from everyone who knew your dad/FIL made me both smile and tear up. Like everyone here who knew him, I only have memories of a kind and lighthearted man who was always smiling, always ready for a good time, and ALWAYS loved to good-naturedly flirt with us ‘girls’ who were Vicki’s friends. (I thought he always meant it when he said if only I was 20 years older but now I see there were several of us wishing he’d stop making us 20 years older and wishing he’d been 20 years younger!!! You big old flirt, Vic!!) Any of Vicki’s friends has to remember spending weekend days out on the boat with both Vic and Muriel, cocktail hours on the boat and at the boat club, and knows that big happy smile. Always smiling. I, of course, will never forget the Oyster Fest boat parade when all the Chariotts and I donned costumes as Carmen Miranda and crew and cruised into the harbor playing Harry Belafonte’s ‘Dayo.’ Still can’t hear it all these years later without that being what comes to mind. We had to have a few drinks early that morning to pull that one off — what laughs. It is one of my funnest and funniest memories of us all together. A good man, a kind and loving husband and father, I know that somewhere right now there is a reunion that no boat club in Norwalk could have accommodated — father, mother, daughter joyously together. And until you arrive, Vicki and Dave, they will be around you still but waiting with open and loving arms to greet you. Love you both . . .

    September 28, 2011
    Judie Szuets -
  • To the Family: We are so sorry to hear of Victor’s passing. He was a really great guy. Remember: He will “Always be in your hearts and those of his friends”.

    September 28, 2011
    Karen & Dan Lyons -
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