by | Feb 10, 2017 | Obituaries

Norfolk —Charles Leslie Marks, 71, beloved husband, parent, Zayde, and brother, passed away suddenly at home on February 1, 2017.

Charles, a gifted businessman, got his first taste of success independently running a Mr. Softee truck in New York City. After serving several years in the Navy, he returned to the Mr. Softee business in Norfolk, growing his fleet of ice cream trucks into what would become Truck Fleet Repair, the largest independent truck repair facility in the region. Beyond his reputation as an esteemed and savvy businessman, Charles was revered as a man who devoted time and energy to his family, to strengthening the Jewish community, generously donating to local charities, and finding new ways for “tikkun olam,” helping to heal the world.

Within his family and close friends, he will be most remembered for his infectious smile, enormous heart, easygoing attitude, fierce loyalty, pride, and joy for his children and grandchildren, and a deep, abiding devotion to his adoring wife of 25 years.

He is survived by his wife Nancy; his stepchildren Scott (Jae Lee) Millstein, Rachael (Gerry) Coakley, and Deborah (Josh) Kronenberg, and his grandchildren Todd, Curran, Carter, Ephram, Graham, and Eleanor; his sister Carole, his nephew David, his niece Karen and their families.

Funeral services were held at Ohef Sholom Temple with Rabbi Israel Zoberman and Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin officiating. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Norfolk Chapel.

Donations to Sentara Heart Hospital, Sentara Foundation Hampton Roads, 6015 Poplar Hall Drive, Suite 308, Norfolk, VA 23502.