Syracuse, N.Y. - The developer behind Destiny USA has died.
Robert Congel died Wednesday afternoon. He is survived by his wife and five children.
Congel and his company Pyramid Group built Carousel Center on the shore of Onondaga Lake in 1990 It became Destiny USA in 2012 following a major expansion.
Robert is the father of current Pyramid Management Group CEO Stephen Congel:
“I can confirm the passing of my father, Robert J. Congel yesterday afternoon. He passed away very peacefully at home with his wife and 5 children at his side. Those that knew him know he was a force of nature, a visionary who saw many of his dreams realized while challenging us constantly with many more to fulfill. He changed many lives. Having been his son and also having the privilege of working with him for so many years, I know he was most proud of all the people he employed and whose careers he helped along the way. He gained far more joy and pride from the people that made up our company, as well as all the Pyramid alumni, than any building he ever built. The world will not be the same without him. We deeply appreciate the expression of sympathy from friends and family, colleagues, the community, and business partners during this difficult time.”