GREENWICH, Conn. - Charles C. Chiappetta of Greenwich died Monday, May 26. He was 81.
Chiappetta was born July 17, 1932, in Greenwich and raised in Cos Cob, the son of Palmer Chiappetta and Julia Mangone Chiappetta.
He started his baseball career at the age of 12 playing for the Cos Cob School Baseball Team. He played with the Cos Cob Aces, winning Town Tournaments in 1945 and 1946, played basketball with the Atomics and won the Town Wide Basketball Tournament in 1946. He attended Greenwich High School, was the captain of his baseball team his senior year, lettered three years in baseball, basketball and football and was awarded a four-year scholarship to Arnold College in Milford.
After college he played professional baseball in the Gulf Coast League in Lake Charles La., an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and also played in the Evangeline Leagues in Thibodeaux, La., and Natchez, Miss.
After he left professional baseball, he continued to play fast pitch softball in Greenwich with St. Lawrence, Belmont, Two Door & the Young Democrat Teams. He also played in the four town leagues and the Stamford Twilight League. He won the first Town Wide Bowling Tournament in 1963 in the Scratch Division. Soon after, he attended the PGA School in Florida and graduated in 1968. He worked as an assistant golf pro at Stanwich Club, Greenwich and Dellwood Country Club in New City, N.Y. He won the Pro-Member at Innis Arden in 1968, as the low pro, shooting 69.
He ran for town selectman in 1970 and was a Democrat District Leader for five years. He was honored by the Greenwich Old Timers Association.
Chiappetta is survived by his wife, Olimpia Urso Chiappetta; children, Julia Chiappetta of Greenwich, Charlene Montesarchio (Vincent) of Plantation Fla., and Palmer Chiappetta (Kimberly) of Newtown; and four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Calling hours are Friday, May 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Castiglione Funeral Home , Hamilton Ave., Greenwich. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at St Catherine of Siena Church, Riverside.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Chiappetta’s name to: the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorsproject.org .