Charles Entenmann, who helped franchise the Long Island family bakery, has died at the age of 92

Charles Entenmann, who made his family’s New York bakery a national brand, died in Florida last month at the age of 92.

Entenmann, his brothers and mother expanded the Bay Shore business across the region and eventually across the country after the death in 1951 of his father, William Entenmann, a German immigrant who opened the Brooklyn bakery in 1898. according to its website.

His family sold their cake and cookie business in 1978 for $233 million, which is more than $1 billion today. Newsday reports. Entenmann’s is still operating under new ownership but closed its Bay Shore facility in 2014, the article said.

Duckman, a Korean War veteran, was a supporter and advocate of the Great South Bay YMCA, funding research to improve water quality and habitats in the bay that separates his hometown from Fire Island. according to his obituary.

“He never wanted the accolades, the publicity; and when he gave, he gave with all his
hearts and with full faith and trust in you,” Anne Brigis, a longtime YMCA executive, told the newspaper.

Duckman's cookies and cinnamon rolls
The company started with his father, a German immigrant, who opened the bakery in Brooklyn in 1898.
Anne Wermiel/NY Post

“He treated everyone with respect. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the caretaker at the bakery or the caretaker at the Y or in management.”

In retirement, Entenmann directed energy and medical advances in his research laboratory and healthcare companyand, along with his brothers Robert and William, founded the Entenmann Family Cardiac Center at Bay Shore’s Southside Hospital.

“He was an extremely generous man,” said his son, Charles Edward Entenmann. “He was just a really smart guy … He had a fantastic sense of humor and was always playing jokes on people and having fun. He did it right.”

Duckman truck
In 1978, the Entenmann family sold the company for $233 million.
Photographer: Dwight Burdette

The elder Duckman, who focused on the technical and technical aspects of the bakery business, didn’t share his family’s sweet tooth, his son allegedly revealed.

“I’m going to tell you something that has been a secret for most of my life
anyway,” his son told Newsday. “He didn’t eat Entenmann’s cake… It just wasn’t dessert.”

Charles Edward Entenmann died outside of Miami on February 24. He had lived in Florida for decades but was buried on Long Island. Charles Entenmann, who helped franchise the Long Island family bakery, has died at the age of 92


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