Charles E. McManus Jr., businessman

He had been a Crown Cork and Seal executive

  • Charles E. McManus Jr.
Charles E. McManus Jr. (Baltimore Sun )
August 26, 2012|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Charles E. McManus Jr., a retired Crown Cork and Seal Co. executive and longtime Towson resident, died Thursday of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center.

He was 98.

The son of the chairman of Crown Cork and Seal Co. and a homemaker, Charles Edward McManus Jr. was born and raised in New York City, and also raised in Spring Lake, N.J.

He was a 1932 graduate of the old Barnard School for Boys in New York City and earned a bachelor's degree in 1936 from Bard College.

After college, Mr. McManus went to work for Crown Cork and Seal Co. in its machine shop. He worked in nearly every department of the company and its cosmetic and foreign subsidiaries.

He later rose to the position of assistant treasurer and assistant secretary, and was executive vice president at the time of his retirement in the late 1950s.

Mr. McManus, who had lived at Buckingham on West Lake Avenue, moved to the Blakehurst retirement community 18 years ago.

He had served on the boards of United Way, Bard College and the Independent College Association of Maryland. He also had raised money for the restoration of the Constellation.

Mr. McManus was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and had been a founding member and president in 1945 of the Kiwanis Club of Highlandtown.

He was a lifelong fan and student of the New York City subway system, and enjoyed gardening and doing odd jobs around his home.

His wife of 72 years, the former Mary Schaffer, died two years ago.

Mr. McManus was a member and had been property committee member of the First English Lutheran Church, Charles and 39th streets, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Surviving are two sons, Charles E. McManus III of Linthicum and David G. McManus of Port Charlotte, Fla.; a daughter, Eva McManus Edmonds of Hagerstown; and three grandchildren.

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