Firefighter Charles S. Szoke was born August 27, 1970, to Charles and Carmela Szoke of Wantagh, New York. He passed away December 1, 2014, from 9/11-related illness. Charles was a dedicated man to his family, friends, and the brothers of the FDNY, Engine 34/Ladder21, Hell’s Kitchen. He graduated from St. Dominic’s High School of Oyster Bay, New York and from St. John’s University in Queens, New York.
Charles was always there when you needed him. He was a caring person on and off the job. Charles had tremendous faith and attended Catholic mass every Sunday. His motto was, “You have to stay strong and, instead of complaining, do more praying.”
Charles was genuine, kind, funny, and lived a simple way of life. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He knew how to be silly like a kid, make you laugh, and was always supportive. Charles had put his personal life on hold to take care of our parents, who were suffering from illnesses.
Charles loved music, especially the band Rush, and he attended many concerts with his brother. He enjoyed cooking, eating, traveling, fishing, carpentry, and spending time with his family. He also volunteered at a local dog shelter.
Over the past few years we lost our parents, Charles and Carmela Szoke. Charles is survived by his two sisters, brother, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and two nieces.
Charles was an awesome brother, uncle, and friend. Chuck, we miss you each and every day. There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t think of you. We always look for the signs that you are around. XO.