Charles Rosen, 86, of Palm Beach County, Fla., died Jan. 26, 2015. Born in Newark, he moved to Springfield after his marriage in 1952 and then to Short Hills in 1973. He moved to Florida in 1983.
Mr. Rosen worked in the automobile business his entire professional life, starting at his father’s dealership, Jersey Motors, a Ford dealership in Jersey City. In 1963, he opened his own dealership, Princeton Volkswagen. In 1967, he opened his second, Alpine Volkswagen in Trenton and shortly afterward was elected president of the Mercer County Dealers Association. In 1976, he opened his third and last dealership, Rahway Lincoln Mercury, which he sold in 1983 upon his retirement.
He graduated from Newark’s Weequahic High School in 1946. He attended West Point Military Academy, where he attained the rank of sergeant and served as personal secretary to Gen. Maxwell Taylor. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1950.
He was an avid boating enthusiast.
Predeceased by his wife, Corinne (Teitler), in 1999, and a son, Gary, in 2010, he is survived by a son, Bill of Pasadena, Calif.; his companion, Joan Sack; a sister, Evelyn Schwartz; and two grandchildren.
Services were held Jan. 29 with arrangements by Eternal Light Memorial Gardens, Boynton Beach, Fla.