Charles N. Curlett, who worked in fleet leasing and real estate, died July 30.
Charles N. Curlett, who worked in fleet leasing and real estate, died July 30. (HANDOUT)

Charles N. "Chuck" Curlett Sr., a Baltimore businessman who worked in fleet leasing and real estate, died Sunday of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Ruxton resident was 70.

The son of John N. Curlett Sr., chairman of the board of McCormick & Co., and Sarah Gilbert Neilson, Charles Neilson Curlett was born in Baltimore and raised on Springlake Way in Homeland.


He was a 1965 graduate of St. Paul's School, where he played lacrosse. He attended the University of Richmond for a year and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore.

Mr. Curlett spent 27 years in sales for Peterson, Howell and Heather, and rose to become executive vice president of fleet management.

After leaving the company in the 1990s, Mr. Curlett purchased Access Associates, an executive search firm, which he sold in 2004. He later earned his real estate license, and at his death was working for Long & Foster.

Mr. Curlett enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and playing golf. He also liked to vacation on Nantucket Island, Mass., where he rode his bike to the Brant Point Light, went fishing for bluefish and watched sunsets.

A dog lover, Mr. Curlett always had his pockets filled with treats, which he dispensed to dogs he encountered on his walks, family members said.

He was a congregant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, the former Karen J. Mackanin; three sons, Chad Curlett of Baltimore, John "Drew" Curlett of Columbus, Ohio, and Neil Curlett of Providence, R.I.; a daughter, Courtney Kamins of Alexandria, Va.; a brother, John N. "Jack" Curlett Jr. of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a sister, Sally MacLeod of Los Angeles; and four grandchildren.