Charles B. Wang, former Islanders owner and founder of CA Technologies, died on Sunday surrounded by his family, his attorney said.
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 attorney John 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.
What will you remember most about Charles Wang?
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I remember so well his attitude as the founder and president of CA Industries.Michael Bivona, CPA, Melville
A good man who's heart was always in the right place.Stephen Brown, Riverhead
Great man tried to make the Islanders a winnerThomas Caliguri , Baldwin ny
He wrote my (then 5th grade) daughter a letter...Chris Sanders, Coram
He certainly understood the importance of this NHL organization to its Long Island fan base.Frank Alvarez, Melville (currently Wilton, CT)
I met him a handful of times in the coliseum corridor.Patrick Carney, Great River, NY
Another sad day for the Islanders and the hockey world...Tom Pfingst, Malverne
Charles Wang will be remembered as a proud alumni of Brooklyn Technical High School...Alana Gaymon, Brooklyn, NY
A wonderful kind hearted man and active philanthropist working with many children's foundations.Peter DeNigris, Babylon Village
He saved the Islanders franchise in 2001 and brought them back to respectability, finally.Greg Giuliani , N Massapequa
He personally greeted all of us "tens of fans" at the main entrance in back of the ticket booths.Ray Bernstein, Melbourne,Fl.
Was CEO of Computer Associates when I worked there. Friendly and down to earth. May he Rest In Peace.Gina , Long Island
A great person who tried to make the Islanders a winning team and a Cup contender.Jesse Wigler, Plainview
Flaws and all, he kept the Islanders alive and gave them a chance to succeed hereJohn Kingston , Carle Place
We are both alumni of Brooklyn Technical High School, and I greatly support Smile Train, which was news to me that Chales...Stratos G Kantounis MD, Rockville Centre
I will remember that he did everything he could to keep the team I love in New York.Patrick, Mineola
We should have more people like Mr Wang.Dave Ehrhardt, Central Islip
We still remember and appreciate Mr. Wang’s generosity...Shari Bender, Huntington
I thank Charles Wang for giving me the greatest sales opportunity of a lifetime.Stephen Leghart , Pompano Beach, Florida
Mr. Wang was a class act!Brian Pemberton, Glen Cove
“Call me Charles,” he said. “My father was Mr. Wang.”Robert Ceparano , Massapequa
Our son Todd is mentally challenged. In 1996 Chris Botta, VP hired Todd part time for NYI. Chris treated Todd with kindness...Sheldon Aronovitch , Great Neck
Brilliant..amazing individual who contributed to societyBob McGill , Garden City
Very generous, caring and understanding!Jayne , Glenwood Landing
I was always proud to say that I worked for Charles.Ann Barilw, Amityville
The Islanders would have been long gone by now if not for the efforts of Charles Wang.Ken Zagorski, Medford
The driver removed his helmet and gave me a thumbs up and, wide grin. It was Charles Wang.Joseph Thaler, Enumclaw, WA (formerly East Moriches)
Philanthropy and on-site child care are part of CA's culture to this day, thanks to Charles' commitment and vision.Lynne Mahoney, East Islip
Without Mr Wang the NY Islanders would not be playing on Long Island or Brooklyn.Michael Glennan, Lynbrook, NY
He will be dearly missed.Steven Blanck, Manhasset Hills
It was a difficult journey, but he definitely made a statement and made the world a better place.James Chou, San Jose, Calif.
I owe my career success to him, his vision and the winning culture he instilled in every single person.JC, Chicago