Carl Pilnick
1923 - 2013
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Carl Pilnick
December 24, 1923-
March 7, 2013
Resident of Oakland
Carl Pilnick, born in New York City, died at home in Oakland after several years of declining health.
A chess prodigy in his teens, he won the 1971 American Open Championship and was awarded the status of Life Master by the United States Chess Federation.
Mr. Pilnick founded and served as president of Telecommunications Management Corp. of Los Angeles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anna Pilnick; his wife, Shirley-May Pilnick; and his sister, Floraine Medvin. He is survived by his daughters, Rosemary Balsley and Laura Pilnick; his granddaughter, Rachel Balsley; and his great-grandson, Miles Pape. He will be deeply missed as a loving and generous family man and remembered for his dry wit, direct speaking, and love of movies, politics, and good food.

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Published in Inside Bay Area News on Apr. 9, 2013.
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March 27, 2014
I just happened to be searching for family history and I found that my cousin Carl died.

My parents and I used to visit his parents in the Bronx. His father was my grandfather's brother and both came to the US from Vilnius, Lithuania, where most of the Pilnick(Pilnik)family came from.

I know this is so late, but my condolences to Laura and Rosemary from their cousin, Mark; Lou and Nettie's son.

Mark Pilnick/Silver Spring, Maryland
April 13, 2013
I met him a few times over the decades... he was an attentive father and an interesting man. Maria
April 11, 2013
thinking of you everyday Dad..I hope you are amazed and surprised by what "comes next" I love you very much.

April 8, 2013
Carl, I miss you so much.
Sherry Franks
April 8, 2013
Carl Pilnick will be missed by colleagues and friends he's made over the years. I knew him as a loving father, one who was always there for his daughters, supporting and guiding them with love and wisdom.

His family and those who knew him will miss his very gentle soul.
Leslie Cook
April 8, 2013
Rest in Peace
Deeepest condolences on the loss of your well-loved and admired father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. I am glad I got to meet Carl and share in his intelligence and humor when we went to see Bill Maher. How wonderful, especially, that he was able to know Miles and spend time with him. I know his legacy will live on in your hearts and minds. We're not supposed to quote from copyrighted material here--is the Bible copyrighted? :) I know we are not Christians, but I've always liked Isaiah's "They may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them." I think that fits Carl well, and I hope he finds good and peaceful rest. I truly believe he will. Continued good thoughts going your way.



P.S. (The picture is of a camellia in my garden.)
Anna Brooks
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