Charles Sawilosky

Charles Sawilosky 12/30/1889-12/04/1960

Family- Spouse: Rose; Children: Henrietta and Gertrude

Born in Russia, Sawilosky came to this country as a small child with his parents, Rosa and Morris. He grew up in Savannah and Augusta, Ga.

The family came to Durham in 1922 looking for educational advantages and a larger Jewish community. He was a very generous man. Fund raisers in the community would always come to him first because he would never refuse. Similarly, his children knew that they could tell their father anything and he would accept it. Sawilosky was active in the Jewish community and served as president of Beth El.

Sawilosky and his wife owned a ready-to-wear clothing shop called "The Fashion" at the corner of Main and Church. The couple was known for the personal service they gave their customers. Every woman who entered his store was a "little lady" and if she could not find the clothing she wanted, Charles and Rose would always work on solving the problem. A Herald-Sun newspaper article in 1992 cited many people who linked memorable events in their life to dresses they bought at Sawilosky's shop.