Charles L. Fisher, director of Baltimore County's Department of Aging, died Monday at his Perry Hall home from lung cancer. He was 55.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Edgemere, he was a 1964 graduate of Dundalk High School. He earned a business management degree at the University of Baltimore.
He began his 35-year career with Baltimore County as a lifeguard at Merritt Point Beach while he was a college student. He then ran a county recreation center in Edgemere-Fort Howard, and later was a deputy parks director. He was named director of the Department of Aging in 1995.
"He saw all individuals equally and treated people with respect," said his wife of 33 years, the former Willa L. Cameron. "He felt he was no better than anyone else. He was a people person."
This year's Senior Expo, to held next month at the Timonium fairgrounds, will be dedicated in his memory.
Mr. Fisher collected cars. He owned two red Corvettes - 1970 and 1983 models - and a 1968 sequoia green Camaro, a teal Pontiac Grand Prix and a green Buick Reatta. He also sailed the Chesapeake Bay on a 33-foor Hunter sloop.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 9833 Harford Road, where he was a member.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Audra Rome of Parkville; two brothers, Max Fisher of New Orleans and William Fisher of the Watersedge section of Baltimore County; and two grandsons.