Charles Sokoloff, 81


Charles Sokoloff passed away peacefully on March 11, 2024. Charlie was born on June 9, 1942, in Brooklyn New York, the only child of Nekha Leibowitz Sokoloff and Nathan Sokoloff. In his youth, Charlie was an avid cyclist, often riding from Brooklyn to the airport with his cousin Art Leonard to watch the planes take off and land. After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, Charlie went on to study at Brown University where he found one of the great joys of his life, radio, at the start of WBRU, and made some of his closest lifelong friends.

Charlie then graduated from law school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1966, received his L.L.M. in Taxation from Boston University, and moved back to Rhode Island where he practiced law first at Tillinghast, Collins & Graham and then at Tobin & Silverstein, Hinckley Allen and then his solo practice. He was a devoted member of the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce in Woonsocket, a fervent Autumnfest worker, a Shriner and member of the Royal Order of Jesters, amusing children and living by the motto, “Mirth is King”. All who knew Charlie knew his dry humor, warm wit and tremendous bear hugs. Charlie was famous as well for knowing the very best, tastiest food in every country, city and town he visited, or came within 50 miles of.

Charlie is survived by his children Audrey, Seth and Daniel Sokoloff; three grandchildren, Nate and Ben Sokoloff, Leah Riley Brown and her husband, Andrew McDonald, two great-grandchildren, Freya and Savanah Riley Brown, his many wonderful cousins and his beloved cat Chloe. Charles is also survived by his two former wives, Barbara Sokoloff and Catherine Nobleheart (nee Christina Bond Sokoloff).

Donations be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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