Charles E. Sack

Charles E. Sack Charlie Sack, whose familiar sign off was "Semper Fi", left this earth on, April 15, 2013 in the Heart Hospital in Austin TX surrounded by the children and grand children that he loved and adored. He was welcomed into heaven by his Lord and Savior and into the waiting arms of his wife Jean who preceded him in death in January 2010, just short of 63 years of marriage. We imagine that they are now dancing while he sings "Only Make Believe". His children, sister-in-law Norma Harvey of Locust Valley, NY, and a larger loving extended family survive Charlie. His children include Russell Sack of Novato, CA, and wife, Ellen, their daughters Elizabeth Sack, Emily Cunnie and husband John, and Jenny Sack; Chuck Sack of Austin, TX, and wife, Jill, sons Dylan and Stuart Sack of Austin, TX; Barbara Brooks of Austin, TX, and husband Jim, sons Joss McKernan of Austin, TX and Rory and wife Angela McKernan of Santa Cruz, CA, great grandchildren Gus and Dakota; Gerry Curro of Golden, CO, and husband Angelo, their children Stephen and Nina Curro; and Vance Sack of Austin, TX, and wife, Meg, their daughters Rebecca and Stephanie Sack of Washington DC. Charlie was born on November 15, 1925 in Glen Cove Long Island, NY, to Carl and Anna Sack. His Dad, Carl, emigrated from Essen, Germany, and with his brothers built the first Lutheran Church on Long Island. Charlie was raised with his sister Louise on the Kerrigan Estate in Oyster Bay Cove, where his parents were employed. He often reflected on his childhood and the close knit community that he loved and told stories of swimming in Oyster Bay Harbor with his sister and digging for clams and raking oysters for his mother for dinner. Both he and his five children graduated from Oyster Bay High School and he sang the OBHS fight song with them as recently as this week. Like many of his generation, his time in the Marine Corps during World War II, where he served in the Pacific, gave him lifelong values and a work ethic that he carried into the work force and throughout his life. A successful salesman, he trained many others who learned his mantra, "if you don't go, you don't get". Charlie became President of Hell Graphic Systems in Great Neck Long Island, a company that developed the first scanning technology worldwide which revolutionized the international printing industry. He was well known among the many graphic arts organizations including the IPA and GATF and loved to recommend young people to universities, especially Rochester Institute of Technology, which has supported the advancement of the print industry for many years. Charlie retired to Vero Beach, FL where he became involved with the Marine Auxillary and made lifelong friends and will be intered with his wife Jean at the First Presbyterian Memorial Garden. He lived his last few years near family in Austin, TX, where he enjoyed playing golf and reading extensively and brightened the day of everyone he spoke to. An avid golfer later in life, Charlie had three holes in one and liked to tell that he birdied the 8th hole, a par 3 with a tough 3 foot downhill slider, at Grey Rock Golf Course on March 1, 2013, his last round of golf. A celebration of his life will be at 1pm, Saturday, April 20, 2013 in the First Evangelical Free Church Sanctuary, 4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd, Austin, TX, a coffee reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory are suggested: Laity Lodge Family Camp, P.O. Box 290670, Kerrville TX 78029. Austin Shelter for Women and Children, Salvation Army, 4523 Tannehill Lane, Austin, TX 78721.

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Apr. 18 to Apr. 20, 2013