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Well-liked former Amador teacher, coach dies

Original post made on Oct 10, 2008

Charles Joseph Volonte, a beloved former Amador Valley High School teacher and swim coach, died yesterday at his home with his son Richard by his side. He was 79.
Volonte took his first teaching and coaching position at Anderson High School. He was recruited shortly after by the superintendent of schools in Pleasanton to teach at Amador Valley High School. The Volontes moved to Pleasanton in 1958, where he taught and coached until retiring in 1992.


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Comments (22)

Posted by Rick, a resident of Parkside
on Oct 10, 2008 at 2:00 pm

I did not know Charles, but want to extend my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.


Posted by Swami & Sarala, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2008 at 7:43 am

We have lost a gem.

We heard a lot about Coach while in the process of buying his house this past month, and dearly wished to meet him.

Chuck was one of those rare individuals whose positive effect goes beyond his work, immediate friends and family. An unseen pillar in the community, he helped make Pleasanton a nicer place for all.

May his soul rest in peace, and his life inspire us.


Posted by Former Student, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 11, 2008 at 10:19 am

I had the distinct privledge to have Mr. Volonte as a teacher while in high school in the 70's. He was such a gentleman. He treated everyone with respect. The Amador Swim Team that he coached was legendary in the unprecedented number of championships they won. He was a role model for all of us and I have thought of him often through the years. His commitment to the community seems to come from a place and time that has largely passed in public education. He will be missed by all who knew him.


Posted by kay dayton, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm

We moved to Pleasanton Valley in 1967. Within weeks our oldest son Keith became friends with Chuck and Donna's son, Rich. This started a life long friendship that will never end. Each of my seven children was lucky to have Mr. Volonte touch their life through teaching. He knew how to teach the kids while gaining their interest through laughter and wisdom.

Chuck remained a dear family friend until the day he died and will always be remembered as one of the nicest people who ever lived.

Its no wonder Amador High proudly named their beautiful pool after Chuck. He was an inspiration to those that he came in contact with. He brought laughter to the world and made learning fun.

For years he will be remembered as a person that made a difference. Those that knew him will greatly miss him and always hold fond memories. My guess is that, included in the memories is a good laugh. He has successfully completed his job on this planet by raising his beautiful family that shares his spirit. He has also inspired so very many people to share his drive in making this world a better place.

Now he moves on to rest with the love of his life, Donna. He will no longer share the laughter through speech, but will share through memories for years to come.

Forever his friend,


Kay Dayton


Posted by Dennis Jones, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 13, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Farewell Chuck!

I never had Mr. Volante as a coach but he DID teach my State Requirements class, a then-necessity to get your drivers license. Even years after, if I would run into Chuck, he'd remember me from than one class many years previous and we'd catchup.

Always a swell mannered guy with a smile to offer to everyone.

One of the many people who made my years at Amador a great experience.

cheers!
Dennis Jones Class of 1978


Posted by Dan Tracy, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 13, 2008 at 5:18 pm

I had the privilege to have Chuck as both a driver's training teacher and swim Coach at Amador Valley from 1990-1993. Always the consummate gentleman, Chuck will be fondly remembered.

Godspeed Chuck!


Posted by Sean Geer, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 14, 2008 at 9:33 pm

I remember him teaching the driving class I had in 1992. He was a funny, kind, and sweet teacher. He will be greatly missed and my prayers go out to his family.


Posted by Laurie Sargent, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 15, 2008 at 2:09 pm

My sympathies go out to Chuck's family and friends. Mr. Volonte was
a fantastic driver's ed. teacher; he was patient, calm and had a tremendous sense of humor. How he put up with my all of us, and managed to get us licensed to drive is beyond me??? My friends and I still share our amusing driver's ed. stories.

Peace,
Laurie Sargent
AVHS Class of 1988


Posted by Laurie Sargent, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 15, 2008 at 2:09 pm

My sympathies go out to Chuck's family and friends. Mr. Volonte was
a fantastic driver's ed. teacher; he was patient, calm and had a tremendous sense of humor. How he put up with my all of us, and managed to get us licensed to drive is beyond me??? My friends and I still share our amusing driver's ed. stories.

Peace,
Laurie Sargent
AVHS Class of 1988


Posted by Stephanie Wedge, a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 15, 2008 at 4:06 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with the Volonte family. Chuck was one of those teachers who you never forget.
Sincerely,
Stephanie Wedge


Posted by Jen Suter, a resident of another community
on Oct 15, 2008 at 4:56 pm

Chuck was my swim coach at AVHS and drivers ed teacher. Also, I was his TA. I am so sad. He was an amazing, kind, funny and generous person. My heart felt wishes to his family.


Posted by Jen Gilardi, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 15, 2008 at 5:41 pm

My heart and prayers go out to the Volonte Family. He was an absolutely fabulous part of my high school experience from drivers ed to swimming. It is with new fondness to remember our swim team saying of "Chuck is god". Peace.


Posted by Don Halog, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 16, 2008 at 8:28 am

Thank you Mr. Volonte for inspiring me to become a teacher myself. Your humor in the classroom and your ability to connect with your students was always a benchmark that I put upon myself in my 25 plus
years as a teacher. You were my favorite teacher at Amador and you also inspired my brother Ron as his swim coach at Amador. Our prayers are with your family Chuck as you were truly a teacher whom we all loved .
Don Halog
Amador class of 74


Posted by Lisa, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 16, 2008 at 8:46 am

What a truely wonderful teacher to students in our district. It is so true that he was patient, funny, respectful, and shared is smile and humor freely to all he came in contact with. I can still hear his bountiful laugh. A true gentleman. A fine example of our Community of Character traits. I always loved running into Chuck so many years later after my graduation.

God bless you Chuck and I know you are with your lovely wife Donna. Cheers to you, and "Well Done" my friend. My prayers go to the Volonte Family. They have suffered a great loss.

Lisa (Rega) Lorentz
Class of 1977


Posted by Julie Blank Parham, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 16, 2008 at 10:51 am

Chuck sure put up with a lot from us in driver's Ed, but at the same time he made it fun and always made us laugh. I feel privledged to have known him and had him as a teacher. He will be missed and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Class of 1988 AVHS


Posted by Kelly Redden Reynolds, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 17, 2008 at 9:44 am

I feel so honored and blessed to say that Chuck was my teacher, my coach and my friend. When I think of my high-school years, Chuck comes to mind and brings a smile to my face. He was kind and considerate, he had a great sense of humor and he was a friend to all.

I moved away from Pleasanton right after high-school but stayed in touch with Chuck. I would see him from time to time when I would visit and I am so thankful for the nice e-mail I received from him a couple months ago.

Chuck, thanks for your friendship and the many wonderful memories. You will be missed by many.

Kelly (Redden) Reynolds

Class of 1988


Posted by Amber, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 22, 2008 at 9:10 pm

Wow. He taught my Driver's Ed class 10 years ago and I will never forget him. He was so funny and so full of life. My heart goes out to the Volante family, may you take comfort in that he was loved by so many!


Posted by Kevin Kurtz, a resident of Jensen Tract
on Nov 17, 2008 at 3:36 pm

I was a swimmer at AVHS , 75-77. Chuck was our coach and along with him we had the time of our lives. I did not know it then, but Chuck loved everyone of us, and I miss him. See you in the great beyond Chuck!


Posted by Ron Guerrero, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 16, 2009 at 1:46 am

I'll always remember Chuck's smile and his zest for life. He used to call me "Big Guy". He would never forget a face. I think he would forget everybody's name and just invent something on the spot. That's just one of the things that made Chuck, Chuck. I'll miss him. He was a great guy. Keep it at 55!


Posted by Jim Peterson, a resident of another community
on Dec 31, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I stumbled accross this on Dec 31 2010. Chuck was my swim coach from 81-84. I had him for Drivers Ed. as well. He was a great guy. Went to the house a few times, knew his wife. Just a great guy. I learned alot from him beyond just being a teacher and coach. Rest in Peace I am sorry you are gone from our world.


Posted by Annie Volonte Gabbert, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm

was just missing you daddy. love annette


Posted by ann volonte gabbert, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm

daddy... It's sunday and im here at work and started totally thinking about you. whenever i really miss you, i google the pool and i see your name in print and for some reason it makes me feel better. We all miss you so much. When the girls do something fabulous I still so want to call you up to tell you first.
ann annette


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