Dean Pierson Charlton, a funeral director and avid boater, died of complications after surgery Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 45.
Mr. Charlton was born in Washington and raised in Towson, where he graduated from Towson High School in 1976. He was a 1979 graduate of the McAllister School of Embalming and Funeral Directors in New York.
He completed his apprenticeship at Witzke Funeral Home in Catonsville and later worked at Singleton Funeral Home in Glen Burnie. In the early 1980s, he established Charlton Funeral Home in Fells Point, which he operated for almost 20 years until selling the business in 2001.
Mr. Charlton then worked briefly for Service Corp. International selling funeral plans before joining the Connelly Funeral Home of Essex, where he was working as a funeral director at his death.
"He was a very fine, family-oriented and dedicated young man who loved working with people," said his father, Dr. John L. Charlton Jr. of Baltimore, a retired podiatrist.
"He was well-liked by people across Baltimore, and wherever we went, he'd know somebody," said Terry Connelly Jr., a funeral director at Connelly Funeral Home.
"Dean was awfully good when it came to working with families. He talked to them like he had known them for years, even though he had just met them. He had a way of making them feel comfortable," he said.
Mr. Charlton was a member of the Boumi Temple, the Towson Elks, Mad Hatters Club, and Paint and Powder Club.
He was a past president of the Southern Baltimore Business Association and a former member of the Highlandtown Exchange Club.
Mr. Charlton enjoyed outings on the Chesapeake Bay aboard his cabin cruiser, the Undertoe.
"Dean enjoyed pleasure boating and his outgoing personality brought together many friends at the Anchorage Marina in Canton where he kept his boat," Dr. Charlton said.
Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at the Connelly Funeral Home of Essex, 300 Mace Ave.
In addition to his father, Mr. Charlton is survived by his mother, Gloria L. Charlton of Baltimore; a brother, Dr. John L. Charlton III of Pasadena; and two nephews.