Charles J. DiPasquale: A
By: Joseph W. Norman
“Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country.” This is one of Chuck DiPasquale’s favorite quotes and it happens to be by an individual he would have loved to meet, the late President John F. Kennedy. The initiative for service this quote presents is what motivates Mr. DiPasquale. He has always believed that education and community service are required and essential elements for the moral and ethical development of a good citizen and a fruitful and prosperous society. His high ideals are reflected in a lifetime of personal achievements, and dedication to the betterment and well being of others. In fact, he believes “Everybody is put on this earth for a reason. I believe mine is to serve the public.” In particular, his service has been primarily to his hometown of
In respect to that family, he has been married happily to his wife Mary for forty two years. Divorce is one of the highest occurring things for people in law enforcement because of the amount of time spent serving. “You sit down to dinner and the phone rings and out the door you go, especially in a small town.” He reflects, “My wife is a special person though and she put up with it all.” They have four children, Ray, Charles, Nicole, and David. All of them are grown up and out of the house, “for the most part,” he quips. He has six grandchildren and spends much of his spare time with them. In fact, he can be hard to catch because a few of his mornings are dedicated to babysitting some of them. One thing that he brings to the Town Supervisor position that is unique though is his scheduled availability. He welcomes the community members into his “office hours” each week and values their comments and questions. This visibility he feels has helped him make a positive impact on
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After that small look into the professional career of Chuck DiPasquale one can see where his passions are. However, that is only scratching the surface of what this man accomplished in his many other endeavors. He was the Livingston County Fire Fighter of the Year, Explorer Scout Man of the Year, former member of the Saint Patrick’s Elementary School Board, member of the Mount Morris Youth Committee, member of the Mount Morris Fire Department (since 1967), one of the Originating Founders of the Mount Morris Ambulance Corps, member and past President of the Mount Morris Kiwanis Club, member of the Knights of Columbus, Mount Morris Town Constable (since 1967), and the past President of the Livingston County Law Enforcement Council. After this impressive list of service one can understand that Supervisor DiPasquale admits to “having trouble saying ‘no.’” Also, when asked how much sleep he got a night, his answer was three to four hours. “My mind is going continuously.” In fact, you might find him in his office at four in the morning he says.
What motivates a man to give so much to his community? For Chuck it is his passion to help people and his love of
Mr. DiPasquale’s other interests include plain Hershey bars, seafood, and sports. He loves to watch his grandchildren compete in their various endeavors. In fact, some of his grandchildren compete for the neighboring community of
His many experiences have taught him a few key things, one of which is to take time before making decisions and always learn from your mistakes. “I have made a thousand mistakes in my life, but if you can learn from each mistake you make, you can better yourself.” The conversation with Mr. DiPasquale ended right where it began, talking about family. He said a person he would like to meet (or see again rather) is his father, and one of his favorite gifts is a picture given to him many years ago by his daughter when she was in kindergarten. This photo remains framed on the wall in his office.
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Charles J. DiPasquale
Mount Morris Town Supervisor