Charles A. Glass, 58, city police detective

July 08, 2002

Charles A. Glass, a former Baltimore police detective and an avid pool player, died June 28 at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lebanon, Pa., after a long illness. He was 58.

Mr. Glass was born in Baltimore and grew up in the Govans area.

After graduating from City College, he joined the Navy at age 17 and served aboard the destroyer-submarine USS Hunter during the Cuban missile crisis. He later served aboard the USS Camp and the USS Enterprise.

Mr. Glass attended the police academy shortly after his tour of duty. He served for more than nine years in the city Police Department, becoming a detective.

His sister April Tinker of Perry Hall said her brother was honored by the department after arresting a fugitive by himself on West Baltimore Street in 1967. She said he had just returned to uniform duty after working as an undercover officer.

"He served on the force during the riots of 1968, and he was right in the thick of things," Mrs. Tinker said.

Mr. Glass left the department after he became ill and was hospitalized on and off for several years. He lived for a short time in Glen Burnie and in the city's Hamilton area.

Known by his friends as Charlie, he moved to Lancaster, Pa., where his parents were living, and attended Bowman's Technical School there to learn about jewelry making.

"He always wanted to be a jeweler," Mrs. Tinker said. "He really enjoyed making jewelry, and he wanted to become self-employed."

He worked at a jewelry store in Pennsylvania for a short time before becoming ill again.

He was an avid pool player and enjoyed chess, cards and golf, his sister said. He also was a member of the Washington Masonic Lodge.

His marriage to Christine Wright Glass ended in divorce.

Graveside services were held Tuesday at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pa.

In addition to his sister, he is survived by a daughter, Judy Battaglia of Bel Air; two other sisters, Donna Shoff of Columbia, Pa., and Debbie Shannon of Drumore, Pa.; two brothers, James Glass of Lancaster, Pa., and John R. Scott of Memphis, Tenn.; and two granddaughters.

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