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Richard P. Gangler, paper salesman

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Richard P. Gangler, a paper salesman and sports coach, died of head and neck cancer Dec. 17 at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Towson resident was 61.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Chesterfield Avenue, he attended Shrine of the Little Flower School and was a 1968 graduate of Archbishop Curley High School, where he played soccer, basketball and lacrosse. He belonged to the Lancers Boys Club and was a volunteer at Camp Skylemar in Maine. He earned a political science degree at Loyola University of Maryland, where he also played lacrosse, soccer and basketball.

Mr. Gangler joined the Baltimore Warner Paper Co. and was a sales representative for many years. At his death he worked for ARIVA Paper in Upper Marlboro,

He was a lacrosse, soccer, softball and basketball coach for the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council in the 1990s. He was a parent volunteer at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Loyola Blakefield. He also coached athletics at St. James Academy in Monkton.

"With his endless patience, eye for talent and love of the game, my father led by example, constantly encouraging and motivating kids to excel and become the best players they could be," said his daughter, Alexandra Gangler of Baltimore. "He was fair, kind and considerate."

A Mass was held Dec. 21 at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, where he was a member.

Other survivors include his wife of 32 years, the former Denise Robb; a son, Jared Gangler of Baltimore; four brothers, Michael Gangler of Baltimore, James Gangler of Potomac, Robert Gangler of Fallston and William Gangler of Towson; four sisters, Diane Root of Chicago, Mary Diggs of Alexandria, Va., and Pat Bloom and Anne Schimps, both of Baltimore.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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