Native Staten Islander Charles Maiorano, 85, a former bartender and business entrepreneur who opened one of the first sports bars on Staten Island, died yesterday (4/21) in the Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze.Born in Mariners Harbor, Mr. Maiorano was brought to Westerleigh at the age of 10 with his parents; he settled in Rosebank 10 years ago.
Mr. Maiorano spent 45 years in the bar industry on Staten Island. He began his career working for nine years in the former Parklanes Bowling Alley, Stapleton. He then opened a namesake bar in the 1960s, Maiorano's Tap Room in West Brighton, which closed down in the late 1970s. Afterward, he worked for 15 years as bartender at LiGreci's, West Brighton, and spent a final 15 years as a bartender at the Knights of Columbus Bowling Alley, West Brighton before retiring in the 1990s.
He attended Port Richmond High School.
Mr. Maiorano played minor league baseball for a couple
of years in the Boston Red Sox organization, before being drafted into
the U. S. Army where he served as a technician fourth grade, from 1943
According to family, in the past when the New York Yankees played exhibition games on Staten Island, Mr. Maiorano was the only player ever to pinch hit for Joe DiMaggio.
The funeral will be Thursday from the Casey-McCallum-Rice South Shore Funeral Home, Great Kills, with a mass at 11 a.m. in St. Clare's R.C. Church, also Great Kills. A private cremation will follow.