Charles Carmillo

Charles "Charlie" Carmillo

October 18, 2006 - June 24, 2020
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Charles “Charlie” Carmillo, 13, of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. He was the beloved son of Paul and Amie (Dergay) Carmillo.

He was born in Newton, MA on October 18, 2006. Charlie attended South Row Elementary School in Chelmsford and recently completed the seventh grade at the McCarthy Middle School. He was a member of the Chelmsford Boy Scout Troop #75. Charlie had a passion for basketball. He loved playing with his siblings and being silly. He was an easygoing person and made no demands on others. Charlie was a bright student; gentle hearted, and loved to make people laugh. His family and friends will dearly miss him.

In addition to his parents, Charlie is survived by his siblings: Nicholas, Olivia, and Vivian Carmillo, his maternal grandmother, Mary Dergay of Chelmsford and his maternal Uncle James Dergay of Chelmsford.

Funeral services and interment will be held privately.
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Your friends at Russell Mill Swim & Tennis Club

Posted at 04:53pm
"Charles Carmillo" will remain in our hearts forever.

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Dotty Stumpf

Posted at 11:27am
I am so sorry to hear about Charlie. Our whole family is thinking of you with much love. Paul, I am so grateful for the beautiful tribute you wrote to and about your son. We haven't seen him for years, though I remember his playful, fun nature. Your message really spoke to who he was and who you and Amie are. It was so moving and a gift to so many of us.

Paul Carmillo

Posted at 10:42pm
Charles “Charlie” Carmillo

Sometimes my son, Charlie, would annoy me. I would stand at the bottom of the stairs and call his name a couple of times; he always waited a minute or two before opening his bedroom door. He never would just say, “Coming Dad,” or “Just a minute;” he would let me hang there--waiting. That was Charlie. Then, while my back was turned, he would surprise me and do the chore that I was just about to ask him to do—unless of course, it was sorting the family sock pile.

Amie and I both wanted a large family and, in the fall of 2006, Nicholas’ brother was born--Charles John Carmillo. Charles was from the Germanic meaning “man,” but he was never meant to be a Charles. He was always meant to be Charlie--now, that’s a boy’s name--and he was every bit of a Charlie. He was easygoing from the very beginning. As a baby and toddler, he was the little brother to Nicholas. Later on, he enjoyed being the big brother to his little sisters. He was our lovable little boy for so many years and was now a maturing teenager. We will miss him going off to college, finding a profession, turning into a man, a husband, and a father.

Charlie was just plain likable and fun to be around. He was always up for being silly with his sisters, whether it was singing songs, or making up aliases for us–Antonio, Suzie, Samantha, Fred, Bert, and Gerald. Charlie loved to play board games with his family—and he would win all the time. He loved to play basketball in the Chelmsford town leagues and shoot baskets in the driveway. He also enjoyed playing video basketball on his XBOX and it was extra special during the pandemic when he could play online with his friend Matt, who lived down the street. He didn’t ask for much, maybe the occasional Blue Raspberry Coolatta or Gatorade.​

My first school Father’s Day card from Charlie was shaped like a tie and included a photo of him dressed up in oversized dad clothes. The card read, “I love my dad because he chases me.” Over the years, I continued to sneak up and grab him from behind, as he “protested” and laughed. When just the two of us would go for a drive, I would say to him, “Seat belt on?” He would say, “Yes,” and I would playfully slap his left thigh and say, “Let’s go.” Then he would call me “weird” and I would always reply, “I don’t see anyone else slapping you on the thigh,” and then he always said, “Yeah Dad, that’s the point!”

Charlie had a secret soft spot for his mother. He would talk to her in ways that he didn’t speak to me. He often spoke to her after school and before dinner about the things in his life. That was their time. Sometimes his mother would say to me, “Did you know Charlie thinks this or that?” I would just say, “I never knew…” Just last Tuesday, while Charlie was on a family outing at Lake Dennison, he told his mother how disappointed he was that he couldn’t go to Boy Scout summer camp and spend time with his patrol.

Charlie--please know that your family will miss you forever and that we take solace knowing that someday we will all be together again. I want you to know, Charlie, that your mother and I would do anything to stand at the bottom of the stairs tomorrow--call your name and wait for you to come hopping down the stairs.

You wouldn’t even have to sort our socks.

Love Dad

Wendy Xu

Posted at 09:42pm
The last time I saw Charlie, it was seven or eight years ago. He was such an energetic boy full of laughter and fun. I still remember him climbing onto the big refrigerator to look for some treats. We will forever remember his bright eyes and big smiles. Peace be with you, dear Charlie.

Devi Venugopal

Posted at 07:50pm
Dear Paul and Amie,
My deepest heartfelt condolences to both of you and the entire Carmillo family. I had the pleasure of teaching Charlie in 5th and 6th grade as his Computer Teacher. He was always soft-spoken and had a ready smile. I pray that you get the strength to go through this unbelievably difficult time. Rest in Peace, Charlie.
With prayers.
Mrs. Venugopal

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