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Marvin (Marc) Chalek


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Marvin (Marc) Chalek Obituary
February 20, 1927 - February 26, 2017 Marc Chalek was born into this world with a very special gift, and that was the gift of humanity. He cared deeply for his family, friends, and his employees. He was the "Ultimate Caretaker." He would never turn down someone in need, and was always available to advise and counsel. He was a very philanthropic man, and he always wanted the best for everyone around him. He cared deeply for his country and served as a fire controlman, a highly competitive rating in the Navy in WW II. He grew up in two rooms behind his parents' market, with his brother Stan, and never felt deprived, even during the Depression. He grew a vegetable garden for the neighborhood, so they would not go hungry. He was always industrious as a kid, and had many jobs including working in his parents' market. He loved and admired his parents, Anne and Harry. As a young man, returning from the war, he wanted to be an actor, went to theatrical school and moved to New York working in off-Broadway plays. He also learned how to do the lighting and set design for the shows. After a year, he came back to L.A. and went to work for Don Lee TV (KNXT later) as a lighting and set designer. He ultimately decided to go into the furniture business and with his two partners founded RB Furniture which became one of the most successful furniture chains of its time. RB had 80 stores and later was on the NYSE. Marc had an innate feeling as to how the chain should be operated. He designed all the stores, and all the systems. He was the innovator for their success. He developed the first incentive program for his employees. He developed the culture and philosophy for the company, and was greatly loved and admired by all who worked with him. In addition to RB, Marc and his partners created Josam Investments, a real estate development entity and became major real estate developers, engaging in numerous creative and successful business endeavors over the years. He went back to school later in life and he earned an Executive MBA at UCLA. Marc became a pilot, and loved his airplanes and flying. He loved playing tennis and played up until two years ago, and always missed it. He created the California Youth Tennis Foundation, allowing young people, who would not have had the opportunity, to learn and play tennis. He loved music and played the violin as a child and took it up again as an adult. He also loved to play the harmonica. He and his wife Susan were major supporters and actively involved with the Young Musicians Foundation for 25 years, helping many young people have careers in classical music. But what Marc was best known for, to those of us that loved him, was his humility, his empathy, generosity, great integrity, and great intellect, and his innate goodness. Marc was adored by his beloved and devoted wife Susan of 42 years, and loved their life together in Marina del Rey. They truly had a love for the ages. He loved his children Cheryl, Jody, and Missie, and his son-in-law Scott, and his grandchildren Nikole, Luke, Jesse and Jordan, and great-grandchildren Kameron and Chance, and his brother-in-law Sam. He loved his many cousins, and they adored him. And he loved his dog "Blu." The best way to describe and remember Marc Chalek, is that he was a "prince among men." His loss is, and will always be, great to all that knew him and loved him, and he be will be missed beyond words. We will love you forever.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 15 to Mar. 19, 2017
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