Carl “Charlie” Gulino will be remembered for how he loved his family first, his friends and his country. A veteran of the Korean War, Charlie could often be heard reminding his children and grandchildren of how blessed they were to be Americans. He was evidence of the fact that hard work, sacrifice and determination could equate to success in America. The eldest son of Italian immigrants, Joseph & Anna (nee Virga) Gulino, born on September 8, 1931, Charlie followed his father’s footsteps in the garment industry after being discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1954. Soon after, he met and married the love of his life, Margaret “Margie” Flenda, settled in Brooklyn, NY and had three children, Annamarie, Joseph and John.
In 1963, the family relocated to Staten Island where Charlie became active in scouting, an activity he shared with his sons, who he helped become Eagle Scouts. He and Marge raised their children in the New Dorp section of Staten Island and eventually moved to S.E. Annandale. After retiring, Charlie and Margie again relocated to an Active Adult Community, the Fairways, in Lakewood. There Charlie participated in the G-Men’s Club and the Jazz Club, and fostered many friendships. He and Marge travelled extensively until her passing in December, 2012. In 2019, Charlie made the move to Colts Neck to live with his daughter, Annamarie and son-in-law, Al, but continued to maintain his home and longtime friendships in Palm City, Florida. He was an avid Yankees, Jets, Rangers and Knicks fan, never losing hope that one of them would win a championship. Charlie loved music of all genres and was proud of his CD collection numbering in the hundreds.
While his grandchildren, Jessica, Alexander, Matthew, Kristen, Justin, Daniel and Edward, brough him indescribable joy and pride, it was his great-grandchildren, Olivia, Aurelia, Giovanni and Vincent, who put a sparkle in his eye and a smile on his face. His only regret was that his “babies” did not live closer.
Charlie was a generous man, donating on a regular basis to his favorite charities including St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, Tunnels to Towers, the Shriner’s Hospital for Children and the Wounded Warrior Project. He was a devout Catholic and was a member of St. Mary’s Parish, Colts Neck and Holy Redeemer Parish, Palm City. In joining his wife in the Kingdom of Heaven, he leaves behind his loving children, Annamarie Gentile (Al), Joseph (Jennifer), John (Justine), his grandchildren, Jessica Voiro (Joseph), Alexander, Matthew (Kate), Kristen Song (Tim), Daniel and Edward, and his great-grandchildren, Olivia, Aurelia, Giovanni and Vincent as well as his brothers, Fred and Larry, his sister-in-law, Josephine Correale, his brother-in-law, Ed Jordan and numerous nieces and nephews. Charlie is also predeceased by his sister & brother-in-law Rosalie & John McIntosh and his sister-in-law Theresa Jordan.
Visitation will be Monday, May 1st from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Holmdel Funeral Home, 26 South Holmdel Road, Holmdel, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Tuesday, May 2nd at 11:15 am at St. Mary’s RC Church, One Phalanx Road, Colts Neck, NJ, with Interment following at Holmdel Cemetery, 900 Holmdel Road, Holmdel, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Charlie’s name to Tunnels to Towers, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.