Charles Karoly Tar, 90, of Shandaken died peacefully at his home with his family at his side on Thursday February 3, 2022. He was born April 5, 1931 in Erdokovezsd, Hungary son of the late Josef and Maria Molnar Tar. He was a college educated Chemical Engineer. He took part in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 in Budapest which saw university students appeal to the civil populace to join them at the Hungarian Parliment Building to protest the USSR's geopolitical domination of Hungary with the Stalinist government. He fled Hungary and immigrated to the United States as a result. He was a successful self made businessman who owned Industrial Air Compressor Corp. of Keyport, NJ. Mr. Tar appreciated the beauty of nature, was a talented alpine skier, avid road cyclist who would bike from Shandaken to Hunter for a haircut! He enjoyed the open road motorcycling, and landscaping the grounds of his home with great care. He had experience as a general contractor, could build anything, and was a handy do-it-yourselfer long before it became trendy. He had a strong sense of community, and was always there to help friends. He was truly a people-person and socialite who valued being out with friends. He was fortunate to have experienced extensive travels in his lifetime. Most of all, his family was paramount and he was a beloved nagypapa to his grandchildren.
Surviving are his sons: Charles Tom Tar and his lifetime partner Lisa, Zoltan and his wife MariaTar, his life-time friend and former spouse Mary Tar, 6 grandchildren: Charlie, Jessie, Peter, Ryan, Amanda, and Kassandra. 2 great grandchildren: Charlie and Ellie. Cousins: Antal and Anna Tar. He was predeceased by his son Peter J. Tar.
Friends will be received on Sunday from 4pm to 6pm at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 Main St. Phoenicia. A Vigil Service will be conducted at 5:45pm Interment will take place privately. You may share a special memory, photo, or condolence with the family on Charles' Tribute Wall at www.gormleyfuneralhome.com