Carmen Infantino, 91, employed with W.D. Sams & Son for more than 40 years

Carmen Infantino
Carmen Infantino

Carmen Infantino, 91, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019.

Carmen graduated from Granby High School in 1947, where he participated in baseball and basketball, being a member of teams that won state championships and the Duke Invitational National Basketball Tournament. He was drafted by the U.S. Army and spent two years in Korea. His memories of Pork Chop Hill followed him his entire life. Carmen was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for duty under fire as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces while engaged in active ground combat. Upon return, he attended the University of Tennessee, where he was a member of the SAE fraternity. He was employed by W.D. Sams & Son for over 40 years and was involved in the building of The Belvedere Hotel. He was the past president of the Chesapeake Athletic Club and volunteered in numerous activities, including coaching football for Virginia Beach Recreation Department, feeding the poor and making pancakes for hungry churchgoers. His contagious smile always opened doors for him. In his retirement years, he occupied the first counter chair at the Belvedere Coffee Shop as “official greeter.” Carmen was a loving, compassionate man who never met a stranger. His favorite loves were family, friends, baseball and golf.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Susie Toro; father, Jim Infantino; brother, Joe Toro; stepfather, Carmine Toro; and nephew, Rusty Gatewood.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Gwen; stepson, Dickie Bragg, and his wife, Laura, and their three children, Tommy, Sarah and Connor; sisters, Leona Tisdale and Anna Kay, and their children and grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Home, Laskin Road, Virginia Beach. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, at First Presbyterian Church on Atlantic Ave., 36th Street, Virginia Beach.

Remembrances may be made to the CAC, Virginia Beach Rescue Squad or charity of your choice.

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