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Charles Ziakas

Charles James Ziakas, age 53, passed away unexpectedly on June 14, 2016. He was born in Nashua, New Hampshire on August 8, 1962 to the late James and MaryAnn Ziakas.  Charles is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Ziakas; ex-wife, Pamala Ziakas; brothers, John and Michael Ziakas; and sister, Niki Mattson.  His proudest achievements were His Beautiful Daughter (Plummers) and his ability to get the job done.  Charles was known for being able to sing “Born Free” like no one else.  He was loved and will be deeply missed.  “Where sadness and darkness once lived, may only love and peace now exist.”  Please visit to leave the family an online condolence. Arrangements entrusted to Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society/Rodman-Snyder Memorial Center.

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  • Phyllis & John Ziakas says:

    We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our brother (brother-in-law), Charles. He was a very special, kind and giving man. A quiet soul, he loved his family and worked diligently with his work family at Emerson. Charles took great pride and pleasure in serving others. He told us frequently about his close friendships at Emerson and we are ever so grateful for your relationship with Charles.

    Charles was the youngest in the family and his passing has brought great sorrow to us all. He will be greatly missed.

  • Terri Tucker says:

    Charles was a very special person. He could light up a room with his smile and laugh. He will be truly missed.

  • Barb Hapner says:

    Charles was a wonderful person very kind and giving of his time and assistance to anyone who needed him. He was loved by many and will be missed. Rest in peace Charles.

  • Shaji Paul says:

    Heartfelt condolences to the Family and all dear ones Charles held close to his heart. 18 years we worked together and for 11 years he was my manager. Charles was a colleague of exceptional knowledge, dedication and efficiency, a really great and kind manager and mentor but above all a dear friend to me. Charles’s loss is leaving behind immense sadness.

  • Steve Park says:

    Charles will be greatly missed. I had the pleasure of working with Charles on many ERS and HVM projects including PowerDB over the many years that I knew him. I enjoyed working with him as well as sharing stories with him when we were out for lunch or when we had a few minutes to relax. He was a dedicated worker and such a joy to be around. I enjoyed our talks about his drone. He often sent me videos of his “sorties”. Condolences and prayers go out to his family.

  • Peggy says:

    Charles was a very kind, intelligent man who was always willing to help out. I will miss having this gentle soul in my daily work life, and I’m sure others will too.

  • Venetia Babin says:

    Charles had such a great attitude and team spirit. He was my “Champion for Change” and I loved thinking outside the box with him on various projects, then see some of those ideas come to life with his expertise – such a great mind, hard-worker and friend. When asked how he was doing, his reply was always “Just peachy” or “Ducky”. When I hear those words, I will forever think of him. I extend my deepest condolences to his family and friends. My hope is that these thoughts and memories of this man we thought the world of at Emerson, will comfort you in your time of sorrow.

  • Dee Klausman- Biedron says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Charles when he first moved to Columbus. We worked on many conversions together and the people we worked with thought we bickered and argued like an old married couple. We would laugh about that; however what people didn’t realize, we had a great friendship outside of work. Charles, Tammy and I never missed a Greek Festival, Rib Fest or Red White and Boom. He loved the summer months in Ohio. Tammy and I would spend many days by his pool making each other laugh. When fall came, Tammy and I would have him over for Pizza after every stain glass class. Charles would always bring the wine and praise our art work even though sometimes it didn’t deserve the praise. One of my favorite memories is when I decided to have Thanksgiving dinner for all our single friends. I forgot to make sure the turkey was completely thawed out and we didn’t in up eating dinner until almost midnight, but Charles made sure everyone had wine! We laughed about this for years. Charles didn’t talk much about his family, but he did talk to me about his daughter Stephanie. He missed her terribly and loved her unconditionally. He was a great guy and a great friend, and will be missed more than he realized.
    My prayers and love go out to his entire family.

    Dee Klausman-Biedron

  • Troy Jenkins says:

    I was deeply saddened to lean of Charles passing. While I have only had the pleasure of working with him this past year, it was apparent to me that Charles was a great guy and wanted all around him to be successful. He was a very positive influence on me and I will never be able to Thank him enough for that. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ziakas family. Godspeed Charles.

  • Mike Ngim says:

    So glad I had the opportunity to have known Charles for the past 12 years. Rest in Peace Charles.

  • Scott Gilley says:

    Our family is mourning Charles’ passing last week. Charles and I met back in 1998 when he was working at Electro-Test in Danville, CA. We worked together in Columbus and then he came down to Austin where I live now. We have shared meals and special occasions. Charles attended our son’s lacrosse and football games and came to his high school graduation. We counted him as a good friend and an adopted member of our family.

    I remember one time when friends of ours fell on hard times and were evicted from a home. They had 8 hours to remove their belongings from the home and were calling on their church family and anyone who could help to assist in moving their belongings. Charles did not hesitate to come over and work the entire day, barely stopping for water in the hot Texas sun. (He also threw his back out lifting furniture into the truck!) He was always willing to give his time and efforts to others.

    Many of his co-workers and other friends can thank him for the functioning of their home networks or entertainment centers as he loved to give and share his knowledge.

    At work, he was a consummate professional and did not accept those around him saying something was not technically possible. I remember several times where he would go home after hearing that statement and return the next day with a solution.

    Charles very much loved his daughter and spoke of her often. We will miss him and mourn his passing with his family and friends. He was a joy in our lives. While his light on earth is now extinguished we know he is in a better place and at peace.

  • Elliott Gilham says:

    My heart is so sad to hear of the unexpected passing of my friend Charles. Charles and I first met in California in 1999 when I was visiting the facility he worked from after the Test Service business acquisition by Emerson. From our first meeting in California and during our time working together in Columbus, OH, Charles was always so proud and spoke so lovingly of his daughter, Stephanie. I can still hear his boisterous laugh and his ever constant response to how he was doing… Peachy, how are you? My thoughts and prayers go out to the Ziakas Family at this time.

  • Nick Morris says:

    My condolences to his family, and friends.

    Charles’ knew me as a person of many words, his passing reduces me to a few. His open and friendly nature made me welcome whenever we met, his desire to discuss and debate on a wide variety of topics kept me entertained and educated, and now I regret not taking every opportunity offered to dine and debate with him.

    Good night, my friend. Rest well.

  • Dick and Pat lussier says:

    Patty and I had the pleasure of working with Charles while we were with Northeast Testing, HVM and ETI, all Emerson Companies. He was one those professionals that never had a bad word said about him or, for that matter never had a bad word for anyone. A devoted worker to his craft of Information Technologies, he was always there to help. I didn’t matter what or when, or for who, yo could always count on Charles.
    May God bless him and his family. He will be missed and forever remembered.

  • Stephanie & Pamala Ziakas says:

    Although words were unable to prevent this tragedy,
    they are providing comfort to those of us left behind.

    All of the memories, and kind thoughts of Charles
    are providing light to our hearts during this dark time.

    “Thank You All” for sharing how he touched your lives.

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