Charles ‘Chic’ Banchiere
Charles “Chic” Banchiere, 92, of Greensburg, formerly of Lewistown and Oakmont, died on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016.
He was born in Pittsburgh, son to the late Angelina (Scalzo) and Samuel Banchiere. Charles was predeceased by his siblings, Robert Banchiere, Alphonso Banchiere, Mickey Banchiere, Kathryn Tamburro and Ida June Stanley. Charles was the husband of Dolores Canuti Banchiere, who died in 2012.
Chic graduated from Oakmont High School in 1942. He graduated with a degree in metallurgical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Charles was a much loved father and grandfather. He is survived by his children, Nancy Bisbe (Robert), Diane Banchiere, Gregory Banchiere and Robert Banchiere (Robyn); and beloved grandfather to five grandchildren, Michael Bisbe, Matthew, Kathryn, Brandon and Rachel Banchiere; and one great- grandchild, Perseus Banchiere.
He was a husband, father, grandparent and veteran who dedicated his life to his family and his country. He served as a co-pilot of a B-24 bomber in the European Theater in WWII with the 15th Air Force, 464th Bomb Group and in the Korean War in the 20th Airforce, 19th Bomb Group as co-pilot and flew a total of 66 combat missions. He was the recipient of the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross), among other combat awards and citations.
Charles exemplified the loyalty, devotion and sacrifice of those of his generation. His dedication and unlimited generosity to his family was unfailing. Chic was often seen walking the perimeter of the Hannastown Golf Club picking up roadside garbage and poorly shot golf balls. He was an avid golfer, supported his local boy scouts with recycled materials and was a volunteer with the American Red Cross.
Family and friends will gather from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Kepple-Graft Funeral Home, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. A memorial service for Charles will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to a local veteran’s charity of your choice.
For online condolences, visit www.kepplegraft.com.