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Charles Detrizio

Charles Santo Detrizio

Friday, November 12th, 1965 - Saturday, June 27th, 2020
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Charles "Chuck" Detrizio, 54, of Caldwell, died on June 27, 2020.
Born and raised in Hoboken, he settled in Caldwell in 2010. A proud graduate of the Regis High School in Manhattan, he received his Bachelor''s Degree from Case Western University and earned his JD from Duke University.
Pre-deceased by his father, Corrado Detrizio.
Chuck is survived by his adored wife Catherine; beloved mother, JoAnne Detrizio; devoted children, Alegra and Michael; cherished sister, Terri Favuzzi and her husband Leonard; dear nephew, Adam Favuzzi.; loved mother-in-law Claudette Cesar; loved brother-in-law Carlos Cesar; loved brother-in-law George Cesar and his wife Amanda; sweet nieces Ava Marie and Eliza and darling nephews George and Theo. Also surviving are many extended relatives and friends.
I am the devastated wife who wants to tell all who did not know him what a treasure this man was.
Chuck was intelligent, reliable, benevolent, considerate, dedicated, humble, loving, selfless and fun.
Chuck was an attorney - but more importantly he was a super cool guy who preferred jeans and a button down over a suit. He was not the litigating attorney as seen on television - he was the brainy contract attorney. Like Superman he had two sides - the uber smart lawyer and the chillax dude - both of whom wore glasses, both of whom used big words and both you would easily have gravitated towards.
Chuck was a master at his craft. With an exceptional work ethic he was an Attorney who represented clients in all aspects of structuring, negotiating and consummating domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances and project developments covering a wide array of industries and business sectors, with substantial experience in healthcare, energy, manufacturing, IT services, and marketing.
His hard work and dedication was recognized by Chambers and Partners USA for Corporate/MandA New Jersey (Since 2011), Best Lawyers of America for Corporate Law (Since 2007), and New Jersey''s Super Lawyers, Mergers and Acquisitions (Since 2006) and most importantly, to him, by his clients, many of whom became lifelong friends.
Chuck worked hard. He played an instrumental role in the formation, growth and direction of Sherman Wells Sylvester and Stamelman, LLP. His work family was precious to him and everything that he did was for the greater good of the group.
Chuck was loyal to his craft, his clients, his esteemed colleagues and treasured friends. He was the initiator and the hyphen that kept prized relationships afloat.
Chuck was special to everyone who knew him and his passion and kindness was palpable. He was the go-to guy for help and he neither hesitated nor faltered to assist anyone at any time.
Chuck was humble and rarely asked for material possessions. Even his Christmas lists, which we joked about, were humble and contained a laundry list of books that anyone would find boring. He was an avid reader hungry to learn something new and build his knowledge base.
Chuck loved to walk. He walked, with a purpose, for miles and miles and miles. He would enjoy the scenery and text me pictures along the way. He merged his love of reading by listening to books on tape while he walked.
Chuck was a stand-up guy with a big heart and moral compass that guided him through life. He always did the right thing. He valued his Jesuit education, history and humanity.
Aside from being a successful attorney who pursued everything with vigor and to the fullest he was a dedicated family man.
He loved his family!
Everything he did was for us. From simple nightly family suppers to larger family gatherings he loved spending time with his family and basked in the glow of our love.
Chuck loved to walk, to travel, to go out with friends or to stay home. He enjoyed food and good wine, a good Manhattan or Gin Martini, concerts, football games, Broadway shows and listening to NPR. He loved everything Portugal and especially Fado music. He had a fun flag and he knew how to fly it!
Chuck had a thirst to travel and loved to plan trips. Each trip naturally would have its own 14+ page itinerary with specifics down to the minutia. This was varsity level researched non-touristy stuff. It was a lot but it was never a forced march - it was simply a guide so that everyone knew all possible options.
With family or just the two of us, each and every trip was amazing and fun and lead by his excitement to experience something new. We were blessed to have traveled around the world and nothing made me happier than to share in his excitement. I am grateful that we have the memories and photos to reflect on.
With his iPhone nearly surgically attached to his hand Chuck had the quickest draw to check a fact, find a restaurant, grab a wine rating, check the market or tell you the weather. He had the ability to start searching for an answer before someone could even finish their question.
Even without the mobile phone and internet Chuck had the biggest brain with an amazing ability to remember and recall dates, facts and specifics of any experience or event long past. He would often quickly thumb through the abyss of pics on his phone to present you with a visual aide to help you remember or follow his point.
Chuck was jovial and his good nature attracted people the moment he walked in the room. His ability to make everyone feel comfortable, secure and loved was his greatest strength.
Chuck was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important - the simplicity of living a life with those you love.
God broke the mold after Chuck - a true treasure and I am sorry for those who were not fortunate to have known him.
For those of us who were lucky to have known this great man - we are truly blessed.
Life is better having known him.
Relatives and friends are invited for visitation on Sunday, July 5, 2020 from 2 pm through 7 pm in the Shook-Farmer Funeral Home, 45 Roseland Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068. A Funeral Ceremony will be offered on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10 am in the funeral home with interment to follow at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Caldwell, NJ. Condolences and memories may be shared at
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 5th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, July 5th, 2020 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Shook-Farmer Funeral Home
    45 Roseland Avenue
    Roseland, NJ 07068
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  • Service

    Monday, July 6th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, July 6th, 2020 10:00am
    Shook-Farmer Funeral Home
    45 Roseland Avenue
    Roseland, NJ 07068
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  • Interment

    Prospect Hill Cemetery
    37 Thomas St.
    Caldwell, NJ 07006
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Lisa Shapiro

Posted at 12:41pm
We are so very sorry for your loss.

The Shapiro Family

Susan Lennon

Posted at 05:45pm
Cathy, I am so very sorry for you and your family. I’m sad to say that I lost touch with Chuck after Duke. He was a bright light there. Always smiling, always there for people. The world is smaller today. Susan

David Fernández ‘84

Posted at 05:02pm
Prayers and condolences to the Detrizio family. Chuck was a good friend during our years at Regis and while our paths did not cross often following those years, Chuck was always a welcoming soul who never missed a beat. Rest In Peace friend AMDG

Claire Serafin

Posted at 09:51am
Chuck was always so kind. Any time when he came through the doors at work he always made it a point to say hello how are you. Even if he was walking in with a group of people talking with them. He always made you as important as the people he was with. He was a good and kind gentleman. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. We need more Chucks in the world he will be deeply missed.

Sol Bernstein

Posted at 02:20pm
Chuck was a great friend, passionate and knowledgeable about everthing from Duke sports to Portugal. A great friend and lawyer and giving person
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(973) 226-1111 Shook-Farmer Funeral Home
45 Roseland Avenue
Fax: 973-228-9741
(973) 226-1111 Shook-Farmer Funeral Home
45 Roseland Avenue
Fax: 973-228-9741
(973) 226-1111 Shook-Farmer Funeral Home
45 Roseland Avenue
Fax: 973-228-9741