Charles O'D. Macsherry, retired Mercantile banker

Charles O'Donnell Macsherry, a retired banker who spent 52 years with the old Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co., died Sunday of stroke complications at his Roland Avenue home. He was 86.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Merryman Court, he was the son of Clinton Kilty Macsherry, a securities salesman with the old Mackubin, Legg and Co., and his wife, Marian Shriver.

He attended the Cathedral School, Portsmouth Priory School and was a 1950 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School. He obtained a diploma at the American Institute of Banking.

He began as a clerk at the old Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co. in 1952 and rose through its ranks. Named a vice president for banking in 1976, he worked at its downtown headquarters at Hopkins Plaza. He retired in 2004.

His wife, Louise Wood Macsherry, said that when he started at the bank, he wore a green visor, sat on a stool and used a pen he dipped in an inkwell.

“His classic lunch was a Coca-Cola and a Hershey bar,” she said.

Mr. Macsherry became a loan officer at the bank’s old Calvert and Redwood streets office, now the Chesapeake Shakespeare Theatre. He also filled in at the bank’s Charles and Chase and Towson offices.

“In all his time, I don’t think he missed a day’s work because of sickness. He was loyal and true to the company,” said H. Furlong Baldwin, former president of Mercantile Bankshares. “If you asked him to get something done, it got done.”

Attired in a suit and bow tie, he was a familiar figure at the downtown bank. He commuted daily on the No. 61 MTA bus. In 1970, when the bank moved its corporate headquarters to Hopkins Plaza, Mr. Macsherry left his Redwood Street desk and moved several blocks west. Colleagues said that while he was not the branch’s manager, he was one of its most familiar faces. He was known to be financially conservative and disapproved of credit card debt.

“He was well loved by his co-workers and he had a parade of regular and quite colorful customers,” said Charles “Phil” Roe, a retired Mercantile banker. “Charlie had deep roots in a bygone period of banking. He never high-hatted younger members of the staff. If he could help, he would.”

Mr. Roe said that while Mr. Macsherry was a fixture on the banking floor, he stretched his legs on Wednesday afternoons — just as the matinee audience at the old Morris A. Mechanic Theatre was leaving the playhouse.

“He’d walk up to the window and just maybe look to see how many people he recognized,” said Mr. Roe.

Mr. Macsherry served on the board and was an equipment manager of the Roland Park Little League, where his wife served many years as the organization’s secretary. They were both inducted into its Hall of Fame last year, and a ball field behind Roland Park Public School is named in their honor.

“He was a pillar of the Roland Park community,” said Andrew M. Wolfe, a Johns Hopkins University faculty member and neighbor. “He and his wife are fixtures with Roland Park baseball.”

Family members said Mr. Macsherry was a volunteer at Our Daily Bread and a long-term Red Cross blood donor. He also volunteered at functions of the Shriver Homestead in Union Mills and was a member of the Bachelors Cotillon.

He was an avid gardener and at his home, Twin Cedar, he maintained a rose garden, lawn and hedges. As the patriarch of his family, he organized annual outings to the seashore.

“With my father, it was always family first,” said his son, Charles O’D. Macsherry Jr. of Reisterstown. “He was compassionate, loving and always patient.”

A funeral Mass will be offered at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., where he had been an usher since its 1959 consecration.

In addition to his wife of 59 years and son, survivors include another son, William K. Macsherry of Baltimore; five daughters, Anne M. Whitman of Riderwood, Margaret M. Ford and Mary Macsherry Martel, both of Baltimore, Caroline M. Mapp of Lutherville and Sarah M. Huculak of Cockeysville; a brother, John H. Macsherry of Towson; a sister, Emily M. Belt of Amherst, Mass.; and 15 grandchildren.

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