Charles ‘Chuck’ Agnoff, 80, founded Interroll USA, inventor who had a contagious zest for life

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Charles Agnoff
Charles Agnoff

Charles ‘Chuck’ Agnoff, 80, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Boca Raton, Fla., with his beloved wife of 60 years, Evelyn, by his side.

He was born October 13, 1935, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Syd and Sol Agnoff. At age 14, he was accepted into the prestigious Brooklyn Technical High School. He later received a B.S. degree in engineering from CW Post on Long Island while starting his own manufacturer’s representative company. His wife and children proudly attended his graduation from college.

He later became vice president of General Bearing Company before starting Interroll USA, a manufacturer of material handling components, located in Long Island, N.Y. In 1988, Chuck brought Interroll to Wilmington, along with 45 families, paving the way for other businesses to relocate and set up shop in eastern North Carolina.

In 1995, he stepped down as president and CEO of Interroll. Never one for retirement, Chuck soon founded Orbita Corporation, which became the leading manufacturer of watch winders for automatic watches and a winner of a 2013 Coastal Entrepreneur Award.

Chuck’s business ventures turned him and Evelyn into world travelers, with friends and colleagues spanning the globe. In addition to his contagious zest for life, he was an avid boater, storyteller and inventor.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Evelyn; children, Susan Agnoff, Steve and (Mindy) Agnoff and Karen and (Mark) Lampkin; and four grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, Erica and Samantha Agnoff and Lexi and Spencer Lampkin.

Once settling in Wilmington, Chuck immersed himself into community service with open arms and served as chairman of the Cape Fear Community College Board of Directors and chairman of the Cape Fear Museum. He was a fundraiser with United Jewish Appeal and an active member of the Temple of Israel.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at Andrew’s Mortuary, Valley Chapel, 4108 South College Road, Wilmington. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, at Andrew’s Mortuary, 1617 Market St., Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LGL Leukemia Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

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