Paul J. Cardarelli
Date of Passing: March 24th, 2011leave a condolence read condolences
Paul J. Cardarelli, 85, passed away on Thursday March 24, 2011. A lifetime resident of Utica, he was the son of Paul and Fernanda (Veronini) Cardarelli who immigrated to Utica from Italy. Paul graduated from Utica Free Academy and was a World War II veteran in the Army Air Corps., serving in Saipan and Guam. He retired from Commercial Travelers Insurance Company as an underwriting and claims manager. In retirement, he took pride in repairing and restoring any type of timepiece, especially for family and friends. He was a member of the Horological Society of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute and The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and was especially interested in vintage watches. Paul enjoyed seeing an owner's reaction when he repaired or restored a treasured family heirloom. There was no watch or clock he could not repair, always to better than new condition. Paul was also an active member of the American Legion Post #1376, VFW Post #7393, Utica Lodge #33 B.P.O.E. (1983 Elk of the Year) and Knights of Columbus Council #189. Paul is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Betty Jean (Boone) Cardarelli; his children, Paula (Kurt) Pentoney of Fairport, NY, Ken (Lynne) of Syracuse, Valerie (Robert) Wright of Snowmass, CO and Mary Hunt of Victor, NY. The true joy of his retirement years was being with his grandchildren, Ryan, Chad and Laura Pentoney, Nicole and Gina Cardarelli and Cody and Danny Hunt. Also surviving are his loving brothers, Carmen (Florence) of Frankfort, Malio (Dorothy) and David (Linda) of New Hartford as well as many nieces and nephews. His beautiful sister Ergia Carparelli, with whom he shared a special bond, predeceased him. The family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to the physicians and nursing staff of St. Elizabeth Medical Center who provided gentle care in his final days. On so many occasions, he commented on how wonderful everyone was and how his first time in a hospital was so much better than he ever would have imagined. The family extends their most sincere appreciation to Dr. Ashok Patel who cared for him as if he were his own father. Paul refused to let his advancing illnesses slow him down and lived his life with surprisingly high energy and on his own terms. Paul had an innate ability to connect with anyone he met especially with a good joke. He had a reputation for an extremely quick wit. He embraced computer technology for researching and his daily e-mail was usually the first received by family and friends. Calling hours will be on Monday, March 28th from 1 to 3 pm at the Bentz & Amodio Funeral Service, Inc., 470 French Road, Utica/New Hartford, with a Vigil Service at the funeral home immediately following. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
With sincere sympathy in the loss of Paul. My mom Wanda cooked in the kitchen at Commercial Travelers and I'm sure he enjoyed her many meals,and wonderful desserts, she also has passed on, 2004. Many of my moms stories were about the great people like Paul at Commercial Travelers live on in my heart. May he rest with the Angels.
Mary Guzzardo Annese
I was very saddened to hear of Paul's passing. He worked with my Dad, David, at Commercial Travelers and fixed many time pieces for our family. Thoughts and prayers to his family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss in your lives. Jim Lutz
Msgr. M J Lutz
Mary and family,
My sympathies to all of you.
Beth Hecox Edwards