A Tribute to My Brother

Here we go again Matino family. Saying good-bye to another larger than life family member. In a blink of an eye everything changes and nothing will ever be the same at a family gathering. Damn that empty chair. Just breathe.


My brother Charlie has always been the life of the party. Great dancer and story teller he always had us out on the floor and laughing. Generous of time, energy and his wallet he welcomed all he knew into his circle. In addition to his wife and kids, no one loved him more than his brothers, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, friends, neighbors….oh, wait-EVERYBODY loved Charlie.


My kids especially adored him. William looked up to the guy who served his country in the National Guard and Caitlin always felt the love in his presence. On our visits to his home William relished the nights he and Charlie would stay up late watching horse races and betting on the trotters.

My brother never went to college, but through back breaking work as a garbage man built a successful business with my dad. He worked hard for his family and never hesitated to  share his success with whoever was in need. His generous spirit lives on in his loving and caring wife, Evelyn, and his amazing sons Jay and Michael.


Until we meet again big brother. I will always love you and thank you for all you did to care for my family and make me a better person. No sister has ever felt more loved.


40 thoughts on “A Tribute to My Brother

  1. A www Lisa… What a wonderful tribute to your caring and hard-working brother. His smile reminds me of Williams beautiful smile. My prayers are with all of you…🙏

    • Thanks, Martine. The mutual love between my brother and son was really quite wonderful. Charlie gave William a lot of time and attention and that made all the difference.

  2. Oh sweet, Lisa. I am so sorry for your loss of Charlie. You are a woman of strength. Sending you many hugs and prayers.

    • Thank you, Ronna. I only feel gratitude for having had such an amazing brother. No sister has ever felt so loved as me. ❤

  3. Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am to lose a remarkable cousin. I will always remember him as my favorite cousin. So sorry! My nickname was named by him “frannyhines”

  4. So sorry to hear of your brother’s passing and the profound loss you and your family have suffered. Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead, my dear.

  5. Charlie was the person he was because he was surrounded by the love of a wonderful family. Your tribute to him was heartfelt and beautiful…it was hard to read with tears in my eyes.

  6. Lisa, I am so very sorry for your loss. That was a wonderful tribute to your brother, you were very blessed to have him in your life. My prayers are with you and your family. XO

  7. Every family should have an uncle Charlie.They’re the “bestest” who get their degrees in love and kindness.

  8. I’m so sorry Lisa, he was such a great guy. What a beautiful tribute you have here. I feel for all of you and am keeping you close in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs all around…xoxo

  9. I’m so sorry for yet another significant loss in your life! May peace, love, and the best of memories comfort your heart. XOX

  10. Oh, Lisa…I didn’t know Charlie but from these photos and your words, what a helluva guy. You’ll meet again. He now has his heavenly wings and will be watching over his littl’ sister. SEnding you love and hugs xoxo ~ally

    • You and Charlie would have had a real good time together. He loved to eat and would have flipped for your down home cooking. He often teased me about my recipes and wondered how the hell I ever won anything….really he was so proud of me and never hesitated to let me know that.

  11. Sorry for your loss Lisa. My thoughts are with you and your family. Sounds like a life well- lived and enjoyed by others.

    • Thank you, Krista. He followed in the light of my father–a very kind and generous light and the loving heart of my mother. He would do anything for anybody.The world is a better place for having him in it.

  12. Charlie was bigger than life to me every time I was with him. We travelled many paths and along those journeys he always carried the torch. He always took care of me and I am grateful to the Lord above for him being in my life. I will NEVER forget him and he will be in my heart always and forever. GOD BLESS HIM.

  13. A very beautiful tribute to your brother. I never met him but if he is anything like the Doctor brother, I know he is a very special person. God Bless

    • All my brothers have the same kind and loving heart and happy to help even those they don’t know….as long as the sister asks. Hope you are safe in your new home ❤

  14. Hi Lisa. I met Charlie and Evelyn in Florida as a friend of Carmine. They were so gracious and Charlie made me feel welcome like part of his family. Sweet memories of your brother as the generous man who had a big heart for all. God Bless Charlie and all his family. Your tribute is a great memory.

    • Very glad you got to know my brother and Evelyn. Not surprised they made you feel like part of the family–sweet memories are what we have

  15. Lisa.,
    I often referred to Charlie as my bros, so Evelyn thought I would like to read what you wrote about him. You have put into words all my feelings that I cannot express in writing. I will always remember the wonderful time Bob and I shared will Charlie and Evelyn. He will all shave a very special place in my heart! Ruth

  16. Evelyn and Charlie were a big presence wherever they went. I loved them both and will be there for Evie! Love Diane H. so sorry for your loss also. Lovely tribute to your brother.

  17. Lisa, beautiful tribute to Charlie. We love Charlie and Evelyn with all our hearts. We will miss him and never, ever forget him. Carol & John

    • As you know he loved you very much and was so looking forward to spending more time with you in Sea Oaks. I am grateful that Evelyn is surrounded by folks that are more like family than friends. Never forget-that is the key ❤

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