By Stephanie Neeley
Charles “Chuck” J. Magazine was considered among the “best and brightest” in the risk manager circle – at least in Florida.
He spent more than 30 years in the fields of risk management and insurance claims, having worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
Mr. Magazine, who for the last 16 years guarded Boynton Beach against claims as its risk manager, died at his home in the city Feb. 17 after suffering a heart attack. He was 63.
“Chuck was extraordinarily passionate in all of his endeavors but particularly those that were related to risk management,” said Carisse LeJeune, assistant city manager, who supervised Mr. Magagine. “He had a very warm, good humor, he had an outgoing personality and because of the unique position that he had with the city, you either love Chuck or you didn’t because as risk manager, he fought very hard to protect the interests of the city.”
A native of Boston, Mr. Magazine lived in Virginia and Maryland before moving to West Palm Beach in 1994 to take a job as risk manager at Wellington Regional Medical Center.
He was currently serving as president of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society.
He also was an active member of the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA), and served on the board of directors of the Safety Council of Palm Beach County.
Mr. Magazine was an advocate of maintaining excellent health.
“Health is a wonderful thing,” he wrote in his “Safety Newsletter” in the summer of 2009. “Everyone needs to do a better job in managing their health and the health of their family members. Don’t wait until it’s too late.”
He also had high hopes of one day becoming an educator.
“I’d like to get into teaching,” he said in an interview on the city’s blog. “I have been offered to guest lecture at the University of Tennessee and would like to do that along with other mentoring programs.”
Among his survivors are mother, Irene Magazine; daughters, Shaina and Erica Magazine
Services were on Feb. 21 at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel,, Boynton Beach, with internment at South Florida VA National Cemetery.