Charles Hamburger, 88, men's clothing store owner

November 30, 2003

Charles Hamburger, owner and founder of the former Charles Men's Shops, died Friday of natural causes at North Oaks Retirement Community in Pikesville, where he resided for the past three years. The former Baltimore resident was 88.

Mr. Hamburger was born and raised in Baltimore, and attended the University of Maryland.

In 1940, he opened the Charles Men's Shop in Pimlico, and later opened a second store on Erdman Avenue. He ran both businesses until 1980, when he suffered a stroke. Throughout his four decades in the men's clothing industry, family members said, Mr. Hamburger prided himself in treating his customers with respect - working by the motto: "the customer is always right."

From 1940 to 1943, he turned over his shop to his father, Samuel Hamburger, while he served in the Army and was stationed in New Delhi, India.

In his spare time, Mr. Hamburger was an enthusiastic boater, spending weekends on his 36-foot ChrisCraft motor boat, exploring the Chesapeake Bay. He named his boat Car-Ann after his two daughters, Carol and Anne.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros.

Mr. Hamburger is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Jane Wetzler of Baltimore; two daughters, Carol Bernstein of Owings Mills, and Anne Jenney of Los Angeles; and four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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