Charles C. Baccari loved the open sea.
"He had a sailboat his whole life and he sailed everywhere from Nova Scotia to Florida," sister-in-law Joan Baccari said.
Baccari, 87, of New Hyde Park, who loved life and the outdoors, died of heart failure on Friday, his family said.
Loved ones would remember "Charlie" as a man who brought joy to many, said Joan, who is married to Charles' brother, John Baccari.
Born to a large Italian family, Charles Baccari was the eldest of six children. A Brooklyn native, he lived in New Hyde Park for more than six decades. He was an active member of the North Shore Yacht Club in Manhasset for more than 50 years and served as the club's commodore for two years.
"He was always ready to go out on a boat," said Charles Murphy, the club's historian and a longtime friend.
Baccari held several club positions, sailed until he was in his 70s, and continued to enjoy boat trips until his death, Murphy said.
On Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor Day, he proposed to his then-girlfriend, Therese Compato. They were married for 63 years. Following the couple's engagement, he served in the Army and saw active service in Japan in World War II.
In 1945, Baccari and his wife purchased a home in New Hyde Park. They often took weeklong sailing trips up and down the East Coast, said younger brother John Baccari, of Delray Beach, Fla. Therese died two years ago, and Charles lived in their home until his death.
Baccari was a skilled lithographer who worked on various projects including logos for ketchup bottles and cigarette packs, as well as high-quality museum designs, his brother said. In his spare time, Baccari built model boats and often gave them as gifts to his family and friends.
Without any children of his own, Baccari grew close to his extensive network of nieces and nephews, his brother said.
"He was an amazing man in a very simple way," Joan Baccari said.
Baccari was preceded in death by his brother Hugo, and sisters, Olga, Sylvia and Anne. In addition to his brother John, he is survived by more than 20 nieces and nephews.
Visiting is from 7 to 10 Thursday night at the Lindenhurst Funeral Home, 424 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Friday at Notre Dame Church, 45 Mayfair Rd., New Hyde Park. Burial will be at St. Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale after the church service.