Charles Levanchy, 88
Home & Textiles Today Staff -- Home Textiles Today, June 9, 2011
WEYMOUTH, MASS. - Industry veteran Charles Levanchy, better known to most as Charlie, passed away on May 3 at home with his family. He was 88.
Levanchy started his career in the retail world as a buyer for Denby's in Troy, N.Y, and moved on to Filene's in Boston.
In the early 1960's, he then went to work for John Wolfe Textiles out of New York. He traveled the road for Wolfe until he became the national sales manager. His connections there led him to purchase an interest in curtain manufacturer Richmark out of Boston.
Over the years, he built Richmark into one of the leading ready-made curtain manufacturers of the late 1980's and 1990's. In 1998 the company was sold to Commonwealth Home Fashions.
He was a proud veteran of the US Army serving during World War ll. He also spent time as a professional baseball player in the Boston Braves organization. A former past president and active member of The Boston Curtain and Drapery Club, he touched and impacted the lives of many in the textiles industry.
Remembrances in his name can be made to The Friends of South Shore Hospital, 55 Fogg Road, Weymouth, MA 02190.
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