Charles Keating, 22 waiter and musician

August 28, 1993|By Staff Report

Charles G. Keating, a musician who also worked in restaurants and a clothing store, died Wednesday of cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The 22-year-old Baltimore native last worked in the fall as a busboy and waiter in restaurants in San Francisco.

Earlier, he did similar work at the Mount Vernon Stable and at Chili's restaurant on Belvedere Avenue near the Gap store where he had been a salesman in Baltimore.

A 1989 graduate of the Polytechnic Institute -- where he was in the A course and a member of the Astronomy Club -- also attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Known as Charley to his family and Chuck to many of his friends, he sang in the St. Michael and All Angels men's and boys' choir for eight years, starting when he was 8.

When he was 17, he became interested in the guitar -- taking private lessons and some courses at the Peabody Institute. "He played a lot with his brother Jim," said his mother, Marjorie Keating of Baltimore. "They actually composed some pieces together."

Last September, Mr. Keating and his best friend from high

school, Scott Pestridge, decided to take a semester off from school and struck out for San Francisco to live "life on their own," as his mother put it.

"We lived in a tiny studio apartment," recalled Mr. Pestridge. "He was my best friend since our senior year of high school, and I feel he will remain my best friend throughout my life. I experienced a lot of the ginger of life with him."

His parents expressed similar sentiments. "He was an inspiration to us," Mrs. Keating reflected. "He showed his father, brother and me that you should live and enjoy each day . . . He had a very quiet strength."

Such strength was reflected in Charles Keating's attitude toward life -- even after he knew he had a terminal illness.

"I've had 22 happy years," he told his mother shortly before he died. "I've enjoyed my 22 years more than some people enjoy 80."

Though services are private, members of his family are receiving friends from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. today at their home at 4304 Mainfield Ave. in Baltimore.

He is survived by his parents, Michael J. and Marjorie Kidd Keating of Baltimore; a brother, James F. Keating of Baltimore; and his grandmother, Marguerite Keating of Frostburg.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center.

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