Charles Samuel Macaluso of Darien and Kiawah Island, South Carolina died on Feb. 22 on the age of 77.
Affectionately recognized to family and friends as Mac, Charles was a selfless man of beneficiant spirit, mental curiosity and sometimes, irreverent humor.
Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Samuel and Josephine Macaluso.
A graduate of Siena School and Rutgers College, he held masters levels in English and public administration. His doctoral research had been at SUNY Albany.
He started his profession in public well being in New York and New Jersey earlier than shifting into the sphere of psychological well being, serving as government director of residential amenities in Westchester and Dutchess Counties in New York. He served on quite a few state and federal psychological well being boards and was a former board member of the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan.
In 1988, Mac joined his longtime buddy, Dort Cameron, as a accomplice in The Airlie Group, an Funding Banking agency headquartered in Greenwich; thus started his lengthy and distinguished profession in company finance.
Famend for his progressive management type, he served on quite a few company boards and performed a pivotal function in a number of companies, together with World Crossing, Flag Telecom, Woodbine Acquisitions Corp. and Geo Speciality Chemical substances.
On the time of his dying, Charles was CEO and founding principal of Dorchester Capital Advisors, chairman of the board of Williams Industrial Companies Group, a director of Landec Company, Pilgrims Delight Company and lead director of Darling Components, a place he held for the previous 14 of his 19 years of service to the corporate.
Mac was a trusted buddy and advisor in each his private and enterprise life. He enhanced lives and careers by astutely figuring out a person’s strengths. He unfold confidence and self-worth however by no means falsely. He was fast to level out flawed pondering, to advise towards an concept or motion if he believed it will create disappointment in the long term.
“By no means set an individual up for failure” was one among his self mandates. He was form and thoughtful however he was at all times truthful. One among his biggest management strengths was his capacity to acknowledge his personal weaknesses and surrounded himself with others from whom he may study.
Fifty-plus years of good and moral management is his enterprise legacy. His oft’ heard motto, “Day-after-day’s a vacation, each meal, a banquet,” is how he lived his life. He was an inspiration.
He’s deeply mourned by his spouse and accomplice in life, Lynn Jaynes, their kids: Kelly Coles (Richard) of Harrison, New York, Jeff Macaluso (Andrea) of Ridgefield and Chris Macaluso (Irene) of Rye, New York; his six grandchildren, Isobel, Corbin and Theodore Coles, Charles “Chase” and Olivia Macaluso and Kiki Macaluso.
He’s additionally survived by his sisters, Sandra Mueller, Geraldine Blyskal and Jacqueline Canavan of Westfield, New Jersey; his sister and brother-in-law, Heather and Robert Chipley of Charleston, South Carolina; and three nephews: Evan, Hunter and Chris Chipley of Charleston, who thought-about him their “different Dad.”
A personal, household service was held on Saturday Feb. 27, 2021 on the Talmadge Hill Neighborhood Church in Darien. Plans are underway for a celebration of Charles’s life when COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
His household requests that these wishing to honor Charles think about a present in his reminiscence to both The Trevor Zoo, Millbrook Faculty, Millbrook, New York or Kiawah Conservancy, Kiawah Island, South Carolina.