Charles P. Lamont, Day Care Assistant

August 27, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Charles Pennington LaMont, a day care assistant who volunteered with several AIDS organizations, died of a seizure Aug. 13 at his Saratoga Street apartment. He was 22.

Mr. LaMont was born and raised in Northwest Baltimore and Hagerstown.

Mr. LaMont, who had suffered from Asperger's syndrome, a neurological disorder that produces autisticlike behavior, had spent his teenage years at a group home in Hagerstown, where he graduated from Washington County High School.

"Charles had recently started the process of enrollment at Baltimore City Community College and had hoped to pursue a career as a social worker," said his father, Alonzo D. LaMont Jr. of Northwest Baltimore.

Mr. LaMont said his son was a "tireless advocate for homeless youth and also devoted many hours as a volunteer for programs and events that focused on the gay community in Baltimore."

Mr. LaMont, who was working as a day care assistant at his death, volunteered with HERO and AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, which profiled his work in the organization's Popular Opinion Leader newsletter.

He enjoyed reading, designing and making jewelry.

"He also enjoyed a good chai latte and being in the company of his many friends, family and co-workers," his father said.

Mr. LaMont was a member of Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore, 4007 Old York Road, where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today.

Also surviving are his mother, Paula Pennington Bethea of Baltimore; his stepmother, Nicole LaMont of Northwest Baltimore; and his maternal grandparents, Vernon and Frances Pennington of Baltimore.

- Frederick N. Rasmussen

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