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Charles L. Wright, swimmer

Charles L. Wright Jr., a retired paper-goods salesman who headed the Rosedale Recreation Council swimming program, died Monday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at his Rosedale home.

He was 74.

He was born in Baltimore and raised near Clinton Street in Canton. After graduating from City College in 1955, he served for four years in the Air Force in weather reconnaissance.

Mr. Wright worked as a salesman for the old Warner Paper Co. and later its successor company, International Paper Co. He retired in 2011 from Ray's Envelopes.

Mr. Wright taught Red Cross swimming, lifesaving, CPR and first aid courses for years. He was a member of the Red Cross Hall of Fame.

For the last 34 years, he was supervisor of the Rosedale Recreation Council swimming program. He also taught swimming at the Community College of Baltimore County's Essex campus.

As a younger man, Mr. Wright had been a member of the Yankee Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps. In 1972, he founded the Independent Judges Association, which judged parades throughout the state and in Pennsylvania.

In addition to maintaining an interest in swimming and marching units, Mr. Wright was a football fan and liked to dance, including square dancing.

Services were held Friday at the Miller-Dippel Funeral Home.

Mr. Wright is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Phyllis A. DeShong; a son, Charles L. Wright III of Baltimore; a daughter, Cindy Spurgeon of Cincinnati; and four grandchildren.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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