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Charles Wang Passes Away At Age 74

from David M. Schwartz of Newsday,

Charles B. Wang, 74, founder of CA Technologies and former Islanders owner, died Sunday, his attorney said.

The cause of death was not provided. Wang was surrounded by his family at the time of his death in Oyster Bay, attorney John McEntee said in a statement.

Wang was born in Shanghai, China, on Aug. 19, 1944, and moved to the United States with his family at the age of 8. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School and graduated from Queens College with a BS in Mathematics and Physics. In 2015, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Stony Brook University....

In 2000, with the Islanders facing an uncertain future, Wang purchased the hockey team, "in recognition of the team’s importance to Long Island, despite having previously attended only one hockey game," according to a statement from McEntee. He was the majority owner until 2016, when he became a minority co-owner.

"He treasured his association with the team and its devoted fans," according to a statement from Wang's family.

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The New York Islanders are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Co-Owner, Charles B. Wang.

“We are heartbroken by the news of Charles Wang’s passing. New York Islanders’s co-owners Dewey Shay, Scott Malkin and I were privileged to be selected by Charles to be his partners in the team. Charles loved the Islanders unconditionally. The arena at Belmont Park will be just one of his many legacies left to the team and to Long Island. His unique personality, his wonderful sense of humor and his extraordinary wisdom will be greatly missed,” said Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky.

“Charles Wang was a great man,” Islanders President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello said. “He always spoke of his love for the Long Island community and the passionate fan base. Long Island would not have a team if it were not for Charles. Most importantly, we’ve all lost a great friend. Our deepest sympathies to his wife Nancy and children Kimberly, Jasmine, and Cameron.”

Charles relished his adopted home, Long Island, choosing to base CA on Long Island to serve as a major engine for its economy. In 2000, with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League facing an uncertain future, Charles was asked to purchase the team. Charles quickly agreed to do so, in recognition of the team’s importance to Long Island, despite having previously attended only one hockey game. He was the majority owner until 2016, when he became a minority co-owner. He treasured his association with the team and its devoted fans on their journey toward the hoisting of the franchise’s fifth Stanley Cup.

Charles’ ownership of the team, along with his commitment to youth, led him to create Project Hope, an international program to develop ice hockey in China to lead the way for the growth of hockey outside North America. In 2016 the program was rolled out to more than ten northern provinces in China. The New York Islanders, in partnership with Project Hope, became the first NHL team to host an international youth hockey tournament, providing young athletes with the opportunity to play against teams from other countries, experience different cultures, and develop lasting friendships.

Wang became known as one of the most successful leaders in the technology field over the past four decades. Technology was not only the basis of Wang’s business but also played an integral role in the success of his professional ventures. His two books, Technovision (1994) and Technovision II (1997), became leading guides for businesses seeking to parallel their organizational and technology goals. He continued his commitment to technological advancement and has been instrumental in the development and growth of several technology companies in the United States and China, such as KyLinTV, Inc. and NeuLion, Inc. After NeuLion’s merger with JumpTV, Inc. (TSX: JTV) in October 2008, Mr. Wang became the Chairman of the combined company, the leading provider of Internet Protocol Television solutions.

His success in the business world, as well as the sports world, has allowed him to support many important charitable foundations. Among those was the expansion of the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York City, which offers primary care, women’s health, pediatrics, dental, health education and mental health services to the Chinatown and Flushing communities. He made a contribution to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to establish the Charles B. Wang International Children’s Building, which serves as the organization’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Wang’s gift of more than $50 million to Stony Brook University to construct the Charles B. Wang Center was the largest private gift in the history of the State University of New York. The Center celebrates Asian and American cultures. In addition, Wang’s donation to Soochow University in Suzhou, China, established a new building to house the University’s law school. In 2000, the University’s law school was renamed The Kenneth Wang School of Law in honor of Wang’s late father, who was a graduate of the University and law school.

Of all his philanthropic ventures, the one project that was most rewarding to Mr. Wang is Smile Train. Smile Train provides free surgery to children in developing countries around the world who suffer from cleft lip and palate. Mr. Wang was the founding member, Chairman of the Board and leading force behind the foundation. Through his efforts, Smile Train has become the leader in the eradication of cleft lip and palate in third world countries, where over 4.7 million children are affected and has provided free surgeries for more than one million children. Smile Train’s efforts are documented in the film, Smile Pinki, which was the 2008 Academy Award Winner in the category of Best Documentary Short.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/21/18 at 12:41 PM ET

Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

As an Islanders season subscriber - I am sad over Charles’ passing -did not know he was very ill.

God bless his family

As much as I have had issues with his constant ” let’s win with our buddies instead of hiring professionals to run the team” attitude - the one thing we cannot question - is that the reason they are still on Long Island is all him.

He was nice to me the times I have met him and I know he wanted to win.  I think the Long Island community will come around to appreciate him a bit more - especially someday soon when we turn it around and become a winning team with real pros running it now.

Even the Ranger$ had a moment of silence for him before tonight’s home game vs visiting Calgary.  Nice touch there.  RIP Charles

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 10/21/18 at 09:52 PM ET

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