Charles W. Grinath
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Powellville-Charles William Grinath, 66, of Powellville passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in his home. He was born in Baltimore, MD on November 5, 1947 to the late Lillian Mae and Charles W. Grinath.
After Charlie graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in the Vietnam War as a sergeant in the Army Infantry Recon Unit. Injured in combat, he received the Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and was a distinguished recipient of the Purple Heart. After retirement from Bell Atlantic and other communications services, Charlie went on to live the good life. Devoted to the love of his family and his love of boating and off-shore fishing, he enjoyed time with his cherished loved ones, his close friends, and his fishing buddies. His passion for off-shore fishing put him on two winning teams of the White Marlin Open Tournament in 1994 and 1996. Everybody who knew Charlie was touched by his larger than life personality!
Charlie was a member of the Ocean City Marlin Club, the Ocean City Reef Foundation, Powellville VFW Post 2996, and the Berlin American Legion Post 123.
Charlie will be lovingly missed by the love of his life Becky Ann Grinath; daughter, Jennifer Grinath; son, Frank Rayne; brother, Jack (Peggy) Grinath; sister, Bonnie Schroen; cousin, Donald (Ronnie) Walker; several nieces and nephews along with the many friends Charlie has touched along the way.
In addition to his parents, Charlie was also preceded in death by his first wife Carolyn Hagner Grinath, and his sister Paula Kelly.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 11:30am at The Ocean City Marlin Club in West Ocean City followed by a celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory bay be made to the Wicomico County Humane Society, 5130 Citation Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804.
The family wishes to thank all friends, loved ones, and medical staff for their love, care and support through the years. Additional thanks goes to Dr. James Rano for his special friendship, care and attention. Please visit www.boundsfuneralhome.com to send condolences to the family.
Published in The Daily Times from May 3 to May 4, 2014