Charles J. "Charlie" Cinto, age 87, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham, Massachusetts, surrounded by his loving family. Born in his family's Walpole, Massachusetts home on January 24, 1935, he was the son of the late Angelo and Alice (Cianfarani) Cinto. He was raised in Walpole, where he found his love for sports at a young age. Throughout his years at Walpole High School, Charlie was a standout athlete, earning his varsity letter in five sports, football, golf, hockey, baseball, and track. While staying busy on the field, Charlie maintained his spot on the academic honor roll and was voted president of the student body council before his graduation in 1953. Charlie continued his education at Tufts University, earning his bachelors degree with a concentration in sociology in 1957. Following his graduation, Charlie took his first teaching position in the Holliston Public Schools working in the science department. Two years into his teaching career, Charlie took a position with the Walpole Public Schools, teaching science courses in the middle school.
Charlie married his beloved wife, Judith Anderson, on November 8, 1962, in Blessed Sacrament Church in Walpole. Together they made their home in Walpole before settling in East Walpole, Massachusetts, where they raised their children. Charlie went on to take a position with Walpole High School in the science department, teaching biology and physiology. As a former student athlete, he enjoyed taking on a coaching position for various sports programs, including football, baseball, and soccer. However, Charlie's passion was for hockey, coaching his students to win the state championship in 1963 and 1965. Between teaching and coaching, Charlie maintained a busy schedule, but he still made time to take classes at Bridgewater State College, earning his masters degree in education in 1969.
Charlie continued his career with Walpole High School and was honored for his coaching accomplishments when he was inducted into the Massachusetts High School Coach's Hall of Fame in 1978. In addition to his teaching career, Charlie worked second and sometimes third jobs to ensure his family had everything that they needed. He initially took a security position at the Foxboro Race Track and later moved into Shaffer Stadium, working security for concerts and events. As a dedicated teacher, Charlie spent countless hours helping the students at the Medfield State Hospital as a residential counselor and later took a security position with GTE. In 1996, Charlie retired from teaching, after more than 38 years dedicated to his students.
Charlie's love for sports carried well beyond his youth and coaching experience. He was a dedicated New England sports fan, who especially loved "coaching" the Bruins from his couch. As an avid golfer, Charlie looked forward to hitting the links with his friends at the Walpole Country Club or with his daughter and colleagues from General Dynamics at the Norwood Country Club. As the daylight faded, Charlie could be found at the Norwood Sports Center, bowling a few frames with his friends in the local leagues or at the Elks Lodge in Norwood, challenging his fellow members to a game of pool. More recently, Charlie took up bocce at the Italian American Club in Walpole, enjoying a few laughs along the way.
More than anything, Charlie was devoted to his family, always putting them first. He was delighted at the birth of his grandchildren, ensuring he attended all their events. Throughout his life, Charlie enjoyed spending time on the water, casting his fishing line, a skill that he was thrilled to pass on to his grandsons. He was known to entertain those he loved with a song or two on the piano and was always ready to take any of his grandchildren in a game of chess. Following any dinner with his family, he sat with everyone around the table playing rummy 500 for hours, telling stories and laughing into the night.
Beloved husband of the late Judith A. (Anderson) Cinto.
Loving father of Ja-mel Ellis of Walpole, Alyssa Cinto of Walpole, Janine Symes and her husband, Robert, of Kingston, Ariane Cinto of Pembroke, and Charles J. Cinto Jr. and his wife, Michelle, of East Walpole.
Cherished grandfather of Robert Ellis, Kiera Symes, Will Symes, Elina Symes, Dean Cinto, Bella Cinto, and CJ Cinto.
Brother of the late Joseph Cinto.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Charlie's Life Celebration on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, from 4 to 7 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole.
A Funeral Home Service will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 10:00 AM and interment will follow in Saint Francis Cemetery in Walpole.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Charlie's name may be made to Walpole High School Athletics, with checks payable to the "Town of Walpole" and mailed to Walpole High School, c/o Ron Dowd, 275 Common Street, Walpole, MA 02081.