A Memorial To Charles Elardo

Hi, I’m Dr. Todd Shatkin and welcome to this Monday Morning Minute. I’m here with Tom Fitzpatrick, and we happen to be out here in the island of Oahu, Hawaii, giving one of our mini dental implant training courses. Fitz we were trying to schedule this course about a year ago, and of course with COVID it got postponed, postponed, postponed. But we finally made it out here. We’re here under somber conditions. We lost our dearest beloved Charles Elardo last weekend, and it was an accident and it was very sad. I dedicated this course today in memory of Charles Elardo. I don’t know what really there’s no words that can describe what a wonderful human being Chuck was.

No words whatsoever. Todd, it’s I know I can speak for everyone at Shatkin F.I.R.S.T.®. This has been an extremely difficult week because we lost a brother and a family member at Shatkin F.I.R.S.T.®. My phone has been blowing off the hook, and it just goes to show you how many people really cared about Charles and so many doctors. I want to thank you all for sending your condolences and your prayers to Charles. As family, we are I mean, this like Todd said, there’s there’s not enough words to describe how how we feel right now.

We’re all devastated. And I can say chuck was 29 years old. He grew up with my kids. They were friends from childhood, played sports with Jared, and has worked at Shatkin F.I.R.S.T.® As our sales manager for the past five years. He’s just been a tremendous addition to our company. He’s built relationships with so many of you dentists out there who call him all the time and every time he answers the phone, hi, this is Charles. How can I help you? And always a smile on his face, always happy, always willing to please and wanting to please others. And we’re going to miss him every day for the rest of my life. I’m going to miss that gentleman. And you know, Fitz, I was just realizing that the last time we were here in the Hawaiian island, chuck was with us. It was right before Covid it was in January of this past year. We took a Hawaiian cruise with lectures on the cruise ship and we had a wonderful time together. And that was the last big trip that any of us took. And it was really nice to have Charles with us on that trip.

Yeah. I just want to say to Charles, I love you, brother. You rest in peace and we’ll all meet up with you again one day. And I pray for strength for your family and thank you for everyone at Shatkin F.I.R.S.T.® And all of our doctors throughout the country and throughout the world who have sent their very, very kind thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the Elardo family. We’re very grateful, and we just want to dedicate this Monday morning minute to his loving memory and we have a short moment of silence the memory of Charles Elardo.