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Charley Zaimes

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Charley Zaimes of Lackawaxen, PA, born March 11, 1920 and died December 12, 2007, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Lackawaxen Twp. Volunteer Fire Department, Route 590,
Lackawaxen, PA. For more information please visit www.charleyzaimes.us.

Charley Zaimes, a newsman, sportsman, businessman and war corres- pondent, died early Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Lackawaxen, Pa., at age 87.

His career as a newsman spanned eight decades, including a hunting and fishing column that appeared in newspapers for more than 50 years.

He began writing sports articles at age 13 for the Middletown (N.Y.) Times-Herald. He joined the staff there as a sports writer in 1937, after leaving high school early in the Depresson to help support his family. This launched a career as a reporter, photographer and radio newsman.

In 1939 he joined the Newburgh (N.Y.) News as a reporter-photographer covering parts of Orange and Ulster counties.

Charley Zaimes, a newsman, sportsman, businessman and war corres- pondent, died early Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Lackawaxen, Pa., at age 87.

His career as a newsman spanned eight decades, including a hunting and fishing column that appeared in newspapers for more than 50 years.

He began writing sports articles at age 13 for the Middletown (N.Y.) Times-Herald. He joined the staff there as a sports writer in 1937, after leaving high school early in the Depresson to help support his family. This launched a career as a reporter, photographer and radio newsman.

In 1939 he joined the Newburgh (N.Y.) News as a reporter-photographer covering parts of Orange and Ulster counties.

He served at Ft. Dix, N.J., in the National Guard and the Army in 1940-41 before being given a medical discharge for defective vision. He returned to work at the Newburgh News.

In 1942, he joined the Harris & Ewing News Service in Washington, D.C., assigned at first to cover committee hearings in Congress and then to cover the White House of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

As an accredited war correspondent, he wrote about and photographed activities for the American Red Cross in the Middle East and Mediterranean area from 1943-45. He covered conferences Roosevelt had with world leaders in Cairo, Egypt, and Tehran, Iran, in 1943. He participated in eight bombing missions with the 376th Liberator Bomb Group over Sicily and Italy. His work appeared in newspapers across the country.

Returning to New York in 1945, he broadcast a nightly news commentary from the lobby of the Orange Inn in Goshen over radio station WALL in Middletown. He later became the stations' news director.

In 1953, he joined The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., as the paper's newscaster over radio station WSAN, and subsequently worked as reporter, rewrite man, wire editor and outdoors columnist. For his coverage of the hurricanes and flooding that clamed scores of lives in Monroe and Pike counties in 1955, he was nominated for a Pulitzer prize.

In the early 1960s, he left the newspaper to become news director of WSAN. In 1962, he helped organize and lead a crew of hundreds of volunteers to the New Jersey shore to help with the cleanup from a storm that had battered the coast, and was honored by the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce for his efforts.

He became public relations director for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in Harrisburg in 1965. He left the agency in 1970 to become press secretary for Lt. Gov. Raymond Broderick in his unsuccessful campaign for governor.

In the 1970s, he co-owned and operated Dimitri's Restaurant in Harrisburg with his oldest son, Dimitri.

He was managing editor of Angler's News, a weekly newspaper covering saltwater fishing activities from Massachusetts to North Carolina, from 1971-81. He became part owner in 1976.

From 1981-91, he owned and operated Angler's Roost, a tackle shop and marina in Margate, N.J., co-owned with Dimitri. Both were licensed party boat captains, operating the Duke of Fluke out of their marina. It was believed to be the first pontoon headboat on the New Jersey shore. He also owned and operated a charter boat, the Mowe.

In 1992, they moved operations to Lackawaxen, Pa., opening a sporting goods store and canoe rental business, Angler's Roost and Hunter's Rest, at their Two River Junction mini-mall. The business continued after a fire in 2006 destroyed the main building, which is under reconstruction.

He had a lifelong love for hunting, fishing and boating.

He wrote a hunting and fishing column that first appeared in The Morning Call and later, for 22 years, in the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News, until 2002. His columns also appeared in TV Atlantic and Eastern Outdoors magazines and Anglers News. He had a daily fishing report that aired on WOND radio in New Jersey.

"Dad loved to teach young people how to enjoy these outdoor sports, to share his wealth of experience. He was a good storyteller," said his younger son, Jon, who is an editor for the web site of The News Journal in Delaware.

In 1976, Mr. Zaimes was recognized by the International Game Fish Association for catching a world record bluefish in its line class off Sandy Hook, N.J. He also was recognized by the association for other record fish, and won numerous fishing tournament awards.

He founded and co-directed a charity fishing tournament in Margate, N.J.

He wrote free-lance articles for various publications, including Pennsylvania Game News and the Pennsylvania Angler.

He was a frequent lecturer at sports shows and fishing clubs, sharing his knowledge and techniques.

He was a life member of the Pennsylvania Oudoor Writers Association.

In the 1960s, he was an amateur radio operator with the callsign WN3EEH.

He also was a scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 90 in Allentown in the mid-1960s.

In the 1960s, he served on the Human Relations Commission in Allentown.

He was an avid New York Yankees fan, and in his youth had seen Babe Ruth play.

He married Margaret Karch, a native of Nazareth, Pa., when she was the society editor of the Newburgh News, in 1941, and they were together until her death in 2001. She also was a photographer and writer, and a war correspondent for the American Red Cross, covering Europe.

He was born Costantinos James Zaimes in Middletown, N.Y., on March 11, 1920, the son of Greek immigrants, Demetrios and Kyriajoula Zaimes.

Survivors include his companion, Patricia Murphy of Lackawaxen; sons, Dimitri of Lackawaxen, and Jon, of near Felton, Del., Jon's spouse, Dr. Jeanette M.S. Zaimes; grandson Adam J. Zaimes of Felton; brother Nick Zaimes of Washington, D.C.; brother-in-law Edward Karch and wife Birgitte of Nazareth, Pa.; sister-in-law Mary Chumas of Nazareth; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and two older brothers, Peter and John.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association – Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 100 West Station Square Dr. Ste. 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or www.alzpa.org.

Shep on Fishing blog comments, The Press of Atlantic City

Mike Shepherd's column in The Press of Atlantic City 12/15/2007

More on Charley - and photos - at Two River Junction, under Fishing, Hunting, Specials & News





Published in the Times Herald-Record from 12/31/2007 - 1/6/2008.
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