Charles Louis Gohmann
Charles Louis Gohmann, entrepreneur and business developer, a true bon vivant and a man blessed with a generous spirit and a brilliant mind, who was animated by a multitude of talents often manifest as seemingly effortless capabilities ranging from foreign language fluency to cooking, from musical performance to self-taught subject matter expertise in a wide range of areas, died quietly in his home following an illness (cancer) on July 23 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Charles had just turned 69 years old on June 23. Charles is principally survived by his partner, Alejandro Martinez, as well as his brother, John M. Gohmann, MD, now a retired oncologist along with three nieces, one nephew, and numerous caring family members as well as dear friends and close business associates.
Charles was born the second of five children to Mary and Mark Gohmann, formerly of Silver Hills, New Albany. His sister Sarah died in early infancy and his older sister Janet and his younger sister Julie died recently within little more than a year's time in New Albany, following an onset of cancer for each. Charles is also survived by three nieces and one nephew, other caring family members and a number of dear friends as well as key business associates.
Born in Louisville, raised in New Albany, Charles resided over the years in a number of exotic locales including Paris, France, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, and most recently for the past 20 plus years in San Jose, Costa Rica. During the course of his career he traveled to many different parts of the world including China, Malaysia, Europe and South America. His business ventures included import/export, manufacturing, real estate development, and venture capital. He loved sunny days, blue skies, and relished spending time at the beach. An inveterate optimist, Charles revelled in life and enjoyed it fully.
Charles had an excellent sense of humor, ready wit, was an accomplished conversationalist, wrote well. He was exceedingly curious about people and about the world around him. He read widely and much. He cared about others and was very devoted to his family and friends. He was a very large man (approximately 6"6" in height), full of life, and made an outsize impression on those who met and came to know him. He had a truly spiritual bent and engaged in daily meditation practice as well as other devotional exercises. He can be characterized as having been religious.
He will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him.
Donations in memory of Charles may be made to Oxfam America -
Oxfam works internationally to address poverty and help those in need.
Published on August 1, 2019


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Anthony DiBenedetto
Oct 09, 2019
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Theodosia Ferguson
Sep 27, 2019
A memorial tree was planted in memory of Charles Louis Gohmann.  Plant a tree
Theodosia (Theo) H. Ferguson
Sep 27, 2019

Dear Alejandro and members of Charles' family.

Just two months ago Charles noted to me that he planned to visit the SF Bay Area, where he is always a welcome visitor to our home. I am deeply aware of the loss of this ALIVE! being and want the tree that I wish planted in honor of Charles--how fitting--to be planted in the Amazon--the lungs of the planet to creation of our global climate. I feel deeply that Charles will enjoy being in that august company.

Much love from Berkeley, CA
Julia schamel
Aug 07, 2019
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Tom Hess
Aug 07, 2019
Charles was my best friend as far back as I can remember. We were born eleven days apart and were friends from the time we were infants. In those days and until our teens he was known among the family as "Little Charles" to distinguish him from Grandfather Charles, Uncle Charles, and my brother Charles. Charles had more influence on my life and thinking than anyone in the world except for my parents. I can still remember things we said in dozens of conversations on the playground at Holy Trinity School which we attended for eight years, as well as dozens more conversations during out teens, twenties, thirties, and later. Really, we discovered the world together. Still, hardly a day that I don't think of him. Charles, you are in my heart forever.Read more
Emily Lagarenne
Aug 03, 2019
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Janine Fafard
Aug 03, 2019
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Tim Gohmann
Aug 02, 2019
Charles was the closest thing to a brother I had. His family and friends will miss his wit, charm, and concern for all.