A Tribute to Charlie, 1953-2010

A celebration and tribute to the life of Charles S. Kaplan ... my friend, long-time companion, and partner for over 25 years.

This above photo journal is divided into four sections:

Part One: Pictures of his world travels in the past few years (travel was his number one passion).

Part Two: Pictures dated prior to 1985 (before I met him).

Part Three: Pictures of us together with our friends from 1985-2000.

Part Four: Pictures of Charlie with my family (my parents adored Charlie and I dare say that these were the happiest times of all our lives).

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      2 months after we met each other. It was taken at the Rainbow Mountain Resort in the Poconos, Pennsylvania in 1985.

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The picture to the right is of Charlie and his best friend Steven Quint when they were in college together. Steven and his son Paul (Charlie's godson) were at the hospital with me a few hours before he died. To this day we all just stare at each other in disbelief that Charlie is no longer with us.

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Charlie at the age of 28 with his godson Paul. Paul is now 29 years old and attended Charlie’s funeral. To this day I keep in contact with him. In fact...

in 2013, Paul purchased Charlie's old apartment from me.  This is Paul's first home purchase and he wanted Charlie's apartment as he knew Charlie took great care of his property.  Paul moved in with his now wife Yuen. The picture above was taken at their wedding in July of 2015.


As I previously mentioned in the section entitled “An Artist’s Moment,” I’ve only painted one picture in my entire life. To my surprise, it was a huge success. In fact, it was chosen as the front cover for a literary magazine.

Well, you should also know that I hate to write. So much that I find it very painful to write any kind of letter to anyone, including emails. My assistant however coaxed me into writing a story that I told him years ago about how I met Charlie. So, what follows is the short story that I wrote. Please note, like my one and only painting, this is the one and an only short story that I will ever write. Coincidentally, it too turned out to be quite good. In fact, it was published in the same literary magazine as my painting, one year later. Enjoy...