Charles (Chuck) Robert Bluestein died at age 89 from complications of Parkinsonís disease at his home in Northridge, California alongside his wife Merle on January 21, 2021. Chuck was the son of Arthur and Evelyn Bluestein and survived two siblings, his doting sister, Natalie Pollan and brother Martin Bluestein. Chuck leaves his wife of nearly 40 years, Merle Rabin Bluestein who lovingly and heroically cared for him as the disease progressed. Chuck is survived by five children from two marriages: Ross Bluestein and his wife, Diane Pasquaretta of Falmouth, Randi Kinsella of Weymouth, Julie Deems and her husband Don of Braintree, Scott Rabin and his wife Gaynor of Northridge, California and Rich Rabin of Alpharetta, Georgia. Chuck is also survived by ten grandchildren: Josh and Tori Deems, Kasey and Gray Kinsella, Sam and Mia Bluestein, Lauren and Amanda Rabin and Jenna and Marissa Rabin.
Chuck or Charlie as he was known rowing up in the Jewish neighborhoods of Roxbury and Dorchester, MA in the 1940ís and 1950ís, graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School. He entered military service during the Korean War and served in Korea and Japan. The GI Bill enabled him to complete an undergraduate degree from Boston University and graduate work at Northeastern University. Chuck went to work in the retail sales industry first for the Zayre Corporation and then as an executive with Lechmere Sales Company. After serving at Lechmere Sales for 20 years and succeeding to the position of Vice President, he started his own business as a manufacturerís representative. Having grown up in poverty, Chuck knew what it meant to go without. Years of drive and hard work eventually lead to great success and the realization of a childhood dream---a beautiful ocean-front home in Rockport, MA that he and Merle enjoyed for many years. This was a favorite gathering spot for children and grandchildren.
Chuck was a founding member and one of the last survivors of The Indianís Organization, which originated in his youth among his Jewish friends in Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. The Indians evolved over the years from youth sports centered around the Hecht House and Franklin Field to a charitable and social organization. Chuck was intellectually curious, well read, broad minded and engaged in learning through college level adult education, together with his wife Merle for decades. We used to tease Chuck that he voted for Nixon in 1968 which he vehemently denied. Over the years, his political outlook became increasingly progressive and he lived to see the defeat of Donald Trump, to both his delight and relief. Chuck was also a member of a dinner, movie and political discussion group with Merle. He also donated many hours mentoring up-and-coming entrepreneurs through the SCORE organization. During his life, Chuck and Merle had an opportunity to travel much of the world from European river cruises to safaris in Africa.
He enjoyed painting, cooking, chess, reading, dining out, exercise and always attending the milestone celebrations of his children and grandchildren from high school and college graduations to weddings and religious festivities, to athletic competitions. Chuck was an early convert to daily exercise, cardiovascular and weightlifting. From his 30ís well into his 60ís he enjoyed jogging and successfully completed several marathons. As he aged, running gave way to biking and walking. Chuck was a long-term member of the Cambridge YMCA and the JCC in Marblehead. Of course, he was an avid fan of the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics.
What Chuck enjoyed most in his life was hosting and visiting his children and grandchildren and delighted in being able to establish college funds for his grandchildren. Chuck was much loved and will be much missed by family and friends. Due to COVID, there will be a graveside family-only gathering at Sharon Memorial Park with hopes of a larger celebration of Chuckís life to follow, at a date and time to be announced.
Those wishing to honor Chuckís memory may make a donation to the American Parkinsonís Disease Foundation @ https://www.apdaparkinson.org/1700d2l/
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