I. Charles Feldman ’57

FeldmanI. Charles Feldman, of Shavertown passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

Charles was born in Wilkes-Barre on March 29, 1938, the son of the late Samuel Feldman and Rebecca Leibman Feldman.

He attended Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School, and graduated from The Williston Academy in Easthampton, Mass., and was a dedicated alumnus to both schools throughout his life. Charles donated to the Annual Fund at Williston for 57 consecutive years!  He was also a proud and loyal alumnus of Middlebury College in Vermont, where he took great pleasure in wrestling, debate, the Snow Bowl, and fraternity life as a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon.

It was at Middlebury, where the seeds were planted for his lifelong appreciation of literature. An essay he wrote on Henry David Thoreau won the The Abernethy Prize for Literature, and became part of the permanent Abernethy Collection at Middlebury.

He proudly served our country in the Army Reserve. He attended NYU Law School before joining his family’s automobile business. He was the owner and president of Goodwin Motor Group, which he developed and expanded until his retirement. The business was recognized with many awards for outstanding sales and service under his leadership.

Charles was a member of Temple Israel, the Westmoreland Club, the Irem Temple Masonic Order, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the Porsche Club of America.

Charles was a man of high character and deep humility. In business and personal relationships he was cherished for his wisdom and good counsel. He always had a kind word for everyone he encountered. He had a remarkably generous spirit which he shared through his story telling, joke telling, and letter writing. Charles had a tremendous sense of adventure and delighted in skiing, driving sports cars, and for many years, flying his airplane. His fine aesthetic sense was reflected in his collection of modern furniture.

Charles is survived by his wife Rosalie, daughter Courtney Feldman Gurnot and son-in-law Frederic Gurnot, New York, N.Y.; daughter, Rebecca Barrett Feldman, New York, N.Y.; daughter, D. Ashley Feldman, Arlington, Mass.; granddaughter, Saige Renée Gurnot; sister and brother-in-law, Ruthie and Larry Harrison, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; sister-in-law, Joan Kashub, Philadelphia; numerous nieces and nephews and treasured dog, Rigby.

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