"Toys R Us could never really be Toys R Us without Charles Lazarus. Perhaps, in the same sense, Charles Lazarus could not be Charles Lazarus without Toys R Us."
What adjective would you use to describe the passing of Charles Lazarus? Would it be: Ironic? Tragic? Upsetting? Disturbing? Surprising? Understandable? Or would it simply be all of those and more. The fact that the man who founded Toys R Us has died just one week after the company he founded announced it was shutting all of its US stores defies one's ability to capture the moment in a word or two.
Toys R Us could never really be Toys R Us without Charles Lazarus. Perhaps, in the same sense, Charles Lazarus could not be Charles Lazarus without Toys R Us. After all, wasn't Charles' ultimate Toys R Us kid, Toys R Us itself?
Those of us around long enough can remember when the Toys R Us headquarters was located in Paramus, NJ. We can also remember the oversized parking spot, situated right in the middle of the parking lot, that accommodated his limousine. Like his automobile, he was a bigger than life person who injected his love of not just toys but the business of toys into the entire toy industry.
So, whether Charles could not live in a world without Toys R Us or whether it was just his time, its with a sad farewell that we give a departing wave to a toy industry giant.
Bon Voyage Charles.