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