Charles W. Chaney, co-owner of a Irvington wholesale meat distributing company, died Saturday of a stroke at St. Agnes Hospital. The Catonsville resident was 79.
Mr. Chaney was born in Baltimore and raised on Ashton Street. He was a 1945 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and served one year in the Navy before being discharged on a medical disability in 1946.
Since 1970, Mr. Chaney had been a co-owner of Rumar Meats Inc.
"It got its name from the two wives of the owners, Ruth and Mary," said a son, Thomas W. Chaney of Hanover.
For years, Mr. Chaney was the master of ceremonies for the annual Arbutus Fourth of July Parade; he had served as regional chairman of the Maryland Special Olympics for more than 20 years.
He was a member and officer of the Order of Alhambra/Cadiz Caravan, the Knights of Columbus and the Arbutus Town Hall, a social club.
Mr. Chaney enjoyed reading and writing about his family history.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, 4414 Wilkens Ave., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.
Also surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Mary Virginia Smith; another son, Charles Michael Chaney of Hanover; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.