"Chuck," was born February 12, 1949 at an Air Force base in Biloxi Mississippi, the son of Thomas Cakert, Sr. of Atlantic City and Elaine (Scull) of Ventnor. He was the middle child in a family of five siblings...Barbie (Reganato), Buck, Chuck, Patty (Lax), and Denny. The son of an Air Force Officer, Chuck was a "service brat". He spent his first two years in Biloxi and the next two in Japan. Chuck attended elementary school in a suburb of Washington, Washington, D.C while his father was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base. His Junior High years were spent in Wiesbaden, Germany. When Colonel Cakert retired and returned home, Chuck entered Atlantic City High as a freshman and graduated in 1967.
Helped by a perfect score on the math portion of his SATs, Chuck earned an appointment to the Air force Academy in Colorado for start of the 1967-68 school year, but was involved in an auto accident that summer that prevented him from attending the Academy that year. He attended Atlantic County Community College for a year where he played on the college's first ever basketball team which finished the season 21-2. Chuck spent the next three years at the Air Force Academy where he won the light heavy weight boxing title his Junior year.
Chuck left the Academy at the end of his 3rd year when he was denied a chance to fly due to an arthritic hip caused by his auto accident. After a few years back home during which time Chuck studied auto mechanics, he returned to Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in electrical engineering. While in Colorado Chuck married Cynthia Folmer (now Walker) in 1976. He and Cindy moved to Seattle Washington when Chuck took a job Boeing. After three years they moved to Nutley, NJ where Chuck for ITT in the field of electromagnetic interference.
Chuck and Cindy had two children, Jennifer born 1980 and Jonathan in 1983. Chuck passed away of a heart attack in 1989 at the age of 40 while playing basketball. Chuck's 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament was established three months later in his memory.