Cary Meredith Jr.

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Cary Lee Meredith, Jr., of Arnold, MD died peacefully Friday, August 08, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was 89. A native Annapolitan, Cary was born at the Annapolis General Hospital on Franklin Street, November 25, 1924 to the late Carey L. Meredith and Mary Granville Healy Meredith. He grew up on Franklin Street in the home his father built and graduated Annapolis High School in 1941. Following graduation, he entered Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, but left in 1943 to enter the US Navy Air Corps, where he earned his wings at Pensacola, FL, as a pilot flying "TBM Turboprop Aircraft" and was training for night time carrier landings when WWII ended. He remained a reservist for 10 years, leaving with the rank of Lt. J.G. He completed his studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill graduating in 1947 with a B.S. in Commerce. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Early in Cary's career, he was a Federal Bank Examiner and a respected Member of the Board of Directors of Farmers National Bank of Maryland, until its acquisition by First Virginia Bank, then later BB&T. In the mid 1950's, he started 'Meredith Melvin & Lynch Insurance and Real Estate Brokers' on Duke of Gloucester Street. He left in the 1960's to join Basil-Voges of Annapolis as an Insurance Broker. He retired from the agency in 1989. Cary was an avid sailor and a long time member of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association, Sailing Club of The Chesapeake, and a former Life Member of the Annapolis Yacht Club. He participated in the Bermuda Race on several occasions, as well as the Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro race in 1971, the Annual Maryland Governor's Cup overnight race, numerous races from Annapolis to St. Michaels and Oxford on the Eastern Shore and the Wednesday Night Races, to name a few. An expert sailor and navigator he was proficient in celestial navigation. Cary was a longstanding member of the Annapolitan Club, of which his father was a founding member and Cary served in various board positions including President 1986-1987. He was also a member of the Annapolis Rotary Club, Fleet Reserve Club and the Southern MD Society. Cary played golf at the Naval Academy Golf Club, where he was a member. He also served as Marshal at various PGA events. He golfed at numerous courses in the Southeast US and at St. Andrew's in Scotland. He enjoyed reading, history and was especially fond of maritime travel both stateside and abroad, including travel up and down the Intracoastal Waterway as well as a trip covering nearly the entire length of the Mississippi River. Cary is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy Freeman Meredith whom he married in 1959, as well as a son; Cary F. "Barry" Meredith of Lutherville; 2 daughters, Robin Meredith Kuser of Baltimore and Susan Meredith Lapides of Annapolis; 4 granddaughters; Mary "Mattie" Meredith, Charlotte Meredith, Meredith Kuser and Anne Lapides and a brother; James G.H. Meredith of Morocco and a sister; Margaret Meredith Darden of Annapolis. Cary was pre-deceased by his brother Everett Taliaferro Meredith and sisters Mary Virginia Meredith and Granville Meredith "Curly" Adams, all of Annapolis. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 11:30 am at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Church Circle, Annapolis, MD. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122. Arrangements by John M. Taylor Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to

Published in The Capital Gazette on Aug. 17, 2014
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