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Charlie loved to travel, he hiked all the peaks in the Adirondacks, and on his last trip to Paris he walked every street and described them vividly even though he could no longer see well. He went to Hawaii in the 1930s, visiting the islands by small boat and walking the islands a week at a time.

Charlie knew French like a native; the hotel clerk said he sounded like he came from South France. He could converse in at least six other languages and knew greetings and phrases in 10 or more languages.

He could quote from the Bible and had read it in Greek to understand it better.

He knew Shakespeare in the same detail as the Bible. He quoted poetry on any subject.

Charlie and his two brothers had a great interest in photography, both in taking pictures and developing them.

He would try eating anything from mushrooms in the woods to various kinds of worms and bugs. In his young days he varied his weight from 120 to 160 pounds to see what “felt” better. He also tried sleeping from 2 to 10 hours a night to find the ideal night’s sleep.

We salute Charlie for an exceptionally gifted and giving life on earth. For those with strong beliefs in eternity of the spirit, I share a quote from Tagore, the famous Bengali poet-philosopher: “Death is not extinguishing the light but putting out the candle because the dawn has come.” And another quote from Rossiter Raymond: “Life is eternal and love is immortal and death is only a horizon, and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.”

I thank Dick Schulz, Ed Owen, and Virginia Sulzberger for their help in supplying information on Charles Concordia’s life.

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