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Born: Mar 06, 1958

Date of Passing: Aug 01, 2020

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March 6, 1958 - August 1, 2020

It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Charlie - a husband, father, brother, uncle and friend - at the age of 62. Charlie passed away peacefully on August 1, 2020 at Riverview Health Centre after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Charlie was predeceased by his loving father Vincenzo Scerbo and father-in-law Joseph Albi. Remaining to cherish his memory forever is his beloved wife of 36 years, Joanne Albi; children, Mercedes (Mike Duncombe), Spencer, Daniella and Christian; mother-in-law Teresa Albi; siblings, Connie Yunyk (Jim) and Vince Scerbo (Anna); brother-in-law John Albi (Maria); and grandpups, Diesel, Giorgio, Thor and Scooby. Charlie's legacy will also be cherished by his numerous nieces, nephews and close family and friends.
Charlie was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 6, 1958 to immigrant parents from Amato, Italy. He attended St. Paul's High School and was an avid student and athlete, excelling in both soccer and football. He then went on to study at the University of Manitoba where he achieved degrees in both chemistry and pharmacy. A few years after graduating, Charlie became the associate owner and pharmacist at the Shoppers Drug Mart in the south end of Winnipeg, where he remained for 31 years.
Charlie was a devoted father, and his children were his pride and joy. He coached numerous soccer and football teams for his kids and never missed a game. Family and friends depended on him for his pharmaceutical, financial, political, sports, and even weather advice.
Despite his diagnosis and condition, Charlie continued to devote himself to his work as a pharmacist at Shoppers Drug Mart up until this past March. Charlie was a man of great faith and perseverance, never letting his diagnosis impede on his active lifestyle and love for spending time with family and friends. His positive attitude and fun-loving sense of humour was truly contagious; and he would keep his family and friends howling with laughter with his regular karaoke video performances after his chemotherapy treatments. Charlie was determined to live life to the fullest and continued doing all his favourite things: travelling with his wife and family, playing golf with his friends, and cheering on his favourite sports teams (Jets and Blue Bombers) – even accomplishing his dream of attending the Grey Cup in Calgary last year.
A sincere thank you to Charlie's family doctor, Dr. S Rhoma, the nurses at CancerCare at the Victoria General Hospital, as well as to the amazing staff at the 3 East Palliative Care Unit at Riverview Health Centre for their outstanding and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted to Palliative Care at Riverview Health Centre.
A private family service was held at Mary Mother of the Church for Charlie.

In the words of Charlie, "Faith Trumps Fear."

We love you to the moon and back.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (32 entries)

  • My sincerest condolences to Charlie's family. Charlie was a year ahead of me @ St. Paul's High School and I have fond memories of his athletic prowess. And he was so accommodating to me in my freshman year. A humble, caring person then ... and from the other posts I see that he took it up several levels as a husband, father, and businessman. One of the really, really good ones has left us far too early. - Posted by: Rolf Abt (Highschool Alum) on: Sep 03, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to Joanne and family. I remember attending your wedding, Joanne and you and I being great friends at the U of W. So sorry for your loss. Charlie was a great man! My husband John has mentioned numerous times how it was a pleasure to know Charlie through Shopper's Drug Mart. - Posted by: Lorlie Williams-Marschall (friend) on: Aug 26, 2020

  • To Charlie’s entire family .... our deepest condolences from your cousin from Canada Angelina Mottola & family May you Rest In Peace 🙏🏻 - Posted by: Lucy Corrente (Cousin ) on: Aug 17, 2020

  • Joanne and family - I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. I hope that kind wishes from friends and family relieve your sadness. - Vicki (Allen) Asu, CHS 1981 - Posted by: Vicki (Allen) Asu (Friend) on: Aug 15, 2020

  • Dear Connie, We did not know your brother, but he must have been a wonderful man. We would like to offer you and your family our sincere sympathy. Louisa and Henry - Posted by: Louisa and Henry Ryz (Friends of Connie Yunyk) on: Aug 13, 2020

  • Joanne and children. It was a pleasure sharing time with Charlie during our years in the SDM world. We roomed together at a couple of training sessions and hung out together at conferences, We shared stories about work, family and our dreams for the future. We made each other laugh. And at times we giggled about how we tormented our Associate friends and Corporate handlers (all good people). But as the saying goes boys will be boys. He was a good friend. It is with sadness that I realize his passing. My past memories of Charlie are strong and good. May he rest in peace and provide you all, with the comfort of knowing that his pain and suffering has ended. Both Bonnie and my thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Donald Bodnarchuk (Friend and colleague) on: Aug 12, 2020

  • To Charlie's Entire Family Dear Connie, Connie & Jim, Gerry & Vince & families, My sincerest condolences on the loss of your son & brother, husband, father, nephew & cousin Charlie. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. "What we keep in Memory stays in our Hearts Forever."🙏🏼 Kym Loschiavo (Cianflone Cousin) - Posted by: K. Loschiavo (Friend of Parents & Siblings ) on: Aug 11, 2020

  • Joanne, you and I met at U of M in a family studies summer course many many years ago. I still remember the decadent dessert you made for the class. Thinking of you during this most difficult time. Take care. Margaret Murray - Posted by: Margaret Murray (I first met Joanne in our Family Studies course at U of M many many years ago. So sorry to hear of y) on: Aug 11, 2020

  • We are so sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. He was a caring and entertaining man. We will always remember how much fun we had on our Caribbean Cruise together. Our warmest condolences to you Joanne and your family. Sincerely John & Muriel Nunes - Posted by: John Nunes (Friends) on: Aug 10, 2020

  • I am so deeply saddened to hear about Charlie. Sending my heartfelt condolences and prayers to Joanne, family and friends. - Posted by: Gaylene (Friend) on: Aug 10, 2020

  • I worked with Charlie for several years. He was the best pharmacy manager you could ask for....he was kind, caring and an exceptionally positive person. When I came to work, he always had a smile on his face and left his shift with a laugh and twinkle in his eye. He is a great example of how one person can have such a positive effect on many people's lives by simply being loving and kind. I know the patients at the pharmacy felt this too as they often mentioned Charlie. My prayers go out to his wife, children, family and friends. - Posted by: Joanna Ayotte (Coworker) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to Joanne and family. I was so sorry to hear about Charlie’s passing. May the memories of Charlie provide you with comfort and serve as guidance. My thoughts are with all of you. - Posted by: Nell Ududec (Colleague of Joanne’s at Bairdmore ) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • A very gentle soul & a kind person.. He will be missed. - Posted by: Kathy & Frank Hrechka (friend) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was a super guy to know as we grew up together going thru St. Paul’s High School and St. Paul’s College at the UofM. Wonderful person from a great family. Always a gentleman, exceptional athlete, studious, gifted and giving! To Vince and Connie and families, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Take care, Mike and Michelle. - Posted by: Mike and Michelle Riese (Neighbours, co-alumni, friends of Acerbic family ) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Charlie. My deepest sympathy to Joanne, Mercedes, Spencer, Daniella & Christian. May love and care of those around you provide comfort and peace and my prayers ease the pain of your loss. I will cherish many fond memories working for Charlie for 26 years. His family was always his first priority and he was so proud of each of you. Charlie, “wherever I am I’ll remember you”. RIP Diane - Posted by: Diane Sorenson (Employee/Friend ) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • Deepest condolences to the entire family. So sorry for your loss. Charlie was a kind and fair Boss and Employer. I had the privilege to work for him at least 28 years at Fort Richmond Shoppers. During those years my experience of Charlie was he was compassionate and caring person especially his family and this community at large. The staff at Fort Richmond Shoppers loved it when he would laugh or tell a joke! May your memories guide through this difficult time of grief and healing. Our prayers are with you all. Julie Rajkumar 🙏 - Posted by: Julie Rajkumar (Former Employee ) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • To the Scerbo family and in particular to my friends Concetta and Connie, my deepest and most sincere condolences for your great loss. My heart goes to you in sharing your sorrow. My prayers for Charlie and his family. God Bless you - Posted by: ADRIANA LOMBARDINI (family friend) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. I taught with Joanne many years ago. My condolences to the whole family. - Posted by: Karen Wiebe (Friend) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • The first time I met Charlie we were partners in the italian dance group.(1978/79) It was my first time dancing and Charlie made me feel so comfortable. We would look at each other and just laugh. That memory is so vivid in my mind and i can still see his smile. We were involved in many community events together in our younger years. He was a great guy, a true gentleman. I am deeply saddened, my deepest condolences to the entire family. You are in my thoughts and prayers - Posted by: Maria rondinone costantino (Friend) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Rearranging the letters in EARTH becomes HEART. When someone leaves this Earth they will live forever in our Heart. So sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Josie Mistri (Connie's friend) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • I worked with Charlie for many years starting in 1988. I had the opportunity to work with him again on numerous occasions this past winter. It was great to catch up and the devotion to his family was evident in all of our conversations. His positive attitude throughout his illness was simply awe-inspiring...he was determined to live every moment to the fullest and accepted any invitation to do the things he loved to do. His face lit up when he spoke of the family trip to Italy, his trip to the Grey Cup in Calgary and the vacation in Hawaii...he was so happy to have these experiences and I am grateful for the talks we had. Rest in peace Charlie. - Posted by: Teresa Giesbrecht (Colleague) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • We offer our sincerest condolences. What a loss for your family! May you cling to God at this time for he has promised never to leave you or forsake you. - Posted by: The Johnson family, Bonnie, Jennifer (neighbour) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • I was deeply saddened to hear about Charlie. I met Charlie thru coaching his son in soccer. He was a gentle kind respectful person. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family in these trying moments. Stay strong Christian. - Posted by: Tony Mazza (Friend thru soccer) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Charlie you were always so positive towards our daughter. I think of the countless hours you spent volunteering on the soccer field. You cared about all the girls on the team and their families. You always had the best smile. So great that I bumped into you in June at Delucas. It was great to have one more visit! You will be missed. - Posted by: Mona Linton (Soccer parent) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Charlie was one of the nicest person anyone can ever meet!He took an interest in your well being as a person. I first met Charlie when he bought into the Fort Richmond Shoppers. Subsequently, I met his beautiful wife and son Spencer. Spencer is his father’s son...proud,caring and sensitive like Charlie.RIP Charlie. - Posted by: Carol Niven (Client and friend ) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Deepest condolences from our family to yours - our daughters played soccer together and became good friends. Charlie was always there to cheer the girls on and always had a big smile for everyone. RIP ❤️ - Posted by: The Gagliardi’s (Friends) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Charlie was a true gentleman, always willing to listen and share. He was a friend to all and always created goodwill towards others. We had talks about our faith and I know that he lives on in salvation. God Bless Charlie, you were a warrior and example of a life well-lived. Deepest sympathies to the Scerbo family, having someone taken at such an early age is so painful. Know that he is in a better place. In Christ - Posted by: Buzz Grant (Classmate, Friend) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was a good boss, a good man and had great character. - Posted by: Barb Laferriere (Employee) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • My deepest condolences for your loss! I remember Charlie as a young boy always with a gentle smile on his face. May God keep him in his gentle arms, and may He send your family comfort and strength. - Posted by: Maria D’amico (Medicine Hat alberta) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of Charlie. He was the best classmate, teammate and friend a person could ever be lucky enough to have in their life. I cherish the wonderful memories we shared together in the classroom and on the football field at St. Paul’s High School. Charlie was a gentleman, an excellent student and athlete, and a role model. I will miss him greatly, and I fear I shall not see another like him in my lifetime! Rest In Peace Charlie! May his memory be eternal! - Posted by: Constantine Dino Buzunis (Classmate, Teammate & Friend) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • I didn't know Charlie nearly as well as some of my classmates, in part because I left Winnipeg right after high school and have not lived there since. But we saw each other intermittently over four decades. I won't echo all the (true) comments about what a wonderful, kind and decent human being he was (traits well exhibited back at St Paul's). Two memories come to mind: -the first, Charlie aged 15 in my parents' back yard pool in Tuxedo in the summer of 1973 with a bunch from class 9C at St Paul's. -the class's most natural athlete, in a gym class, grade 10, missing a foul shot, and our then gym teacher ex Blue Bomber Jamie Horne barking "Arc! Scerbo. Arc!" I'm sure the lesson stuck--he went on to great success in football and soccer if not perhaps in basketball. Condolences to the Scerbo family, and RIP Charlie. - Posted by: Daniel Woolf (Classmate at St Paul's High School) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • RIP Charlie. You are a real champion. An honour to have known you. - Posted by: shim selig (Friend) on: Aug 08, 2020

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