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Charles Lord III

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Charles Lord III Obituary
Charles E. Lord, III

Aug. 19, 1924 - Nov. 9, 2015

Charles Edward Lord III, beloved father, brother, friend and well known local music educator, passed away on Nov. 9, 2015, at age 91. Chuck was born Aug. 19, 1924, in Oakland, CA, the eldest of three children born to Marie and Charles E. Lord, Jr. He grew up in Dimond, attending high school in Oakland and graduating summa cum laude with a Master's degree in music from San Francisco State University.

As a music teacher for 38 years in the Richmond Unified School District, Chuck introduced many students to band and orchestral instruments, guiding and nurturing their relationship with music throughout their public school years. He taught most recently at Portola Jr. High and El Cerrito High School, where he produced award-winning jazz bands.

Chuck's primary instrument was trumpet. He was a member of the Bohemian Club and the Family Club bands, performing at summer encampments for over 50 years.

Inducted into the Army upon graduation from high school in 1942, Chuck served three years with various U.S. Army bands during WWII, wherein he played many bond drive shows, and worked with the Skinnay Ennis band. He also played at the Santa Barbara Hotel R&R under Dore Schary of MGM. After receiving his discharge from the Army in 1946, Chuck and other members of the 329th formed their own band in Salinas, CA, with Randy Emlay, leader.

Chuck had 20 years' combined membership with the Walt Tolleson organization and 10 years with Ray Hackett groups, as well as many years with Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus bands. He was a regular participant in the Oakland Municipal Band and the Golden Gate Park Bands' Sunday concerts. For many years he marched with the Green Street Mortuary Band, and greatly enjoyed playing the local ballrooms, such as Sweets, the Ali Baba and the Avalon.

Chuck married Mary Lord in 1948, and they had a daughter, Francesca Lord. After a divorce, some years later he was married briefly to Maureen Harper, becoming quite fond of her daughter, Philippa. He then moved to Emeryville, where he met and spent a happy 34 years with his new loving partner, Helen Green. The two enjoyed the rest of Chuck's life together, with much traveling--cruising, exploring California and national parks, and attending Dixieland jazz festivals.

Chuck is survived by his daughter Francesca, his friend Helen, his brother Tom Lord and Tom's wife Veryl, of Palm Desert, CA, six nephews and a niece, and many great-nephews and great-nieces. He was predeceased by his parents and his beloved sister Lorraine Salcedo and her husband Barnard, of Washington state.

A Celebration of Life will be held on January 17, 2016, at the Mira Vista Golf and Country Club in El Cerrito.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 29, 2015
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