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Charles Irwin, Harford businessman, entertainer, WWII veteran and Senior Olympian, dies at 100

Charles Irwin, Harford businessman, entertainer, WWII veteran and Senior Olympian, dies at 100

Charles Wright Irwin, a retired Harford County businessman and World War II veteran, who later in life was a Senior Olympics champion, died Thursday morning. He was 100.

Mr. Irwin returned from the war as an Army sergeant and went off to New York to make his mark as a song and dance man on Broadway. He had entertained troops in Europe with the Army’s Road Show, he recalled in an interview several years ago.

Mr. Irwin had the talent, County Councilman Jim McMahan, a long-time friend, said, but performing on Broadway was a tough business to crack.

Mr. Irwin was an understudy in a musical to Ray Bolger, of “Wizard of Oz” scarcrow fame, McMahan said.

"Charlie told...

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