Chalmers Armand Iorio, age 40, died on July 25th, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. Chal was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida on April 4th, 1980 to parents Shelley and Armand “Duke” Iorio. He was a truly compassionate, loving, authentic, kind, and beloved son, grandson, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend. His faith was an important part of his life and kept him anchored in difficult times. He was a member of Knights of Columbus in Jacksonville.
Chal was a gifted cook. Numerous restaurants in Volusia and Duval Counties enjoyed his expertise in the kitchen. But he was truly happiest cooking for his friends and family. His homemade pasta sauce delighted on holidays. Delicious homemade breakfasts were a standard, but he was always ready with a new, creative dish on a whim. He delighted in preparing Thanksgiving dinner for his friends and was happiest in the kitchen serving others.
Chal was an accomplished artist and his works included comic art and surrealism. Many of his sketches were tattooed on his body as he was passionate about ink. He loved that his tattoos were conversation starters wherever he went. His wry sense of humor kept everyone on their toes. Additionally, he was very proud of his Italian heritage and found much joy in music. He was a talented mechanic and tinkered with electronics from a very young age.
However, his compassion for others was the defining trademark of his life. Chalmers always had a heart for the down and out. Without hesitation, he invited people into his home, his parents’ home, and the homes of other family members. Even in the times when he had little, he always tried to give much. No one in need ever went unnoticed. This same compassion spilled over to animals. He could always be found tenderly playing with the family dogs and never met a stray that he did not love. Above all, Chalmers was a fighter and resilient to the end. He will be missed by many and loved always. “Love never fails…” Corinthians 13:8
Chal was preceded in death by his father, Armand Anthony Iorio; grandparents Dora Lee Raymaley and Leland Chalmers Raymaley Jr. He is survived by his mother, Shelley Iorio of New Smyrna Beach; siblings Samantha (Stephen) Anderson of New Smyrna Beach; Katherine Dempsey of Malibu, CA, Denise Iorio of Santa Monica, CA, Paul (Monica) Iorio of Palm Beach, Amy (Ralph) Iorio of Santa Monica, CA; nephews Josiah, Matthias, Asher, Judah; aunts and uncles Karen (Duane) Decker of New Smyrna Beach, Lissa (Michael) Smith of New Smyrna Beach, Leland Chalmers Raymaley III of Pittsburgh, PA; cousins Jeremy (Emmeline, Finnley, Piper) Decker of New Smyrna Beach, Kerry (Autumn, Maizy, Brooklyn, Ember Decker) Solero of New Smyrna Beach, Amanda (Nathan, Amira, Eden, Adalee) Schaidt of Tallahassee, Leland Chalmers Raymaley IV of North Huntington, PA, Jordan Raymaley of Derry, PA, Joel Raymaley of Murrysville, PA, Jonah Raymaley of Pittsburgh, PA, Sara Buccella of Trafford, PA, Chris (Katie) Smith of Ohio, Casey (Margaret, Ashton, Casey Jr.) Smith of Ohio, Cameron Smith of Chicago, IL; and many more cherished family members throughout the country.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the Southeast Volusia Humane Society located at 1200 South Glencoe Road, New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168 or please consider adopting one of their lovable animals. At the family’s request and to respect current gathering guidelines, his services will be private.