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Charles graduated from the University of Maryland in 1969 as a business and statistics major and played on their tennis team. He was treasurer of his TEP fraternity and had many good college friends. When he graduated from college at the age of 21 his life changed. Sadly, Charles inherited a genetic mental illness and was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia. He was one of four people in his extended family that had the disease that is often manifested at the ripe age of 21 years. Charles' life was never the same and for the next 40 years he was tortured by the disease. A very good example of the disease is depicted in the movie "A Beautiful Mind" starring Russell Crowe.
He lived in Washington, DC, lived and taught tennis in Florida, California and returned to Cambridge 13 years ago. Charles' entire extended family of friends and therapists reached out to help him for 40 years but, unfortunately, couldn't help. Charles ran every morning and collapsed the morning of May 4th while running. He was hospitalized in Dorchester General Hospital in May and passed away on June 21st. Charles is the son of Belle and Murray Scher, who was Vice President of Manufacturing of the Rob Roy Company in Cambridge. He is survived by his sister, Marilyn Scher, of New York City. Charles spent most of his time the past 13 years in the Cambridge Public Library.
If any donations are made in his memory, please make them to the computer department of the Cambridge Library.
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, NY USA
Death: June 21, 2010
Place of Death: Cambridge, MD USA
Benjy Kirson Although I lost contact with Charlie in the early 1980's I do have very fond memories of him in college and for the 10 years after we graduated. Charlie and I went to Paris, Rome, and Florence together in the early 1970's and when I went on business trips to California, Florida, and North Carolina he would often just go along for the ride. Throughout the 1970's, fraternity Brothers would always be getting together for dinner and to go drinking; and Charlie was always part of the group. He always had great stories to tell and was fun to be with. I know I speak for the hundreds of the other fraternity Brothers who knew him when I say that we have missed Charlie over the past 30 years and are very sorry to hear that he passed away. He will be missed and always be remembered for his likeable personality and great sense of humor. TO YOU CHARLIE SCHER, ETERNAL FRIENDSHIP. Benjy Kirson Tau Epsilon Phi Tau Beta 903 University of Maryland, 1966-1970 09/05/2011 Annonymous As parents of 2 adult schizophrenics, I always tried to reach out by offering rides to him when I saw him walking home...to no avail. This is such a horrible disease....we don't get 'free days' and issues come up every day. I believe God in all His infinite mercy brings then closer to Him as "the most deserving" of eternal happiness. Damn sure of it. 01/05/2011 Danielle Creighton Benjamin Marilyn, I will always remember your brother Charles as the very kind, handsome friend and tennis player. We enjoyed the tennis years in Cambridge, and he was so respected and well liked by so many friends. I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Dani 08/18/2010 Julie Kennedy Charles was a regular patron at the Cambridge Library where I work. He always kept us on our toes and despite his ups and downs, we grew to be fond of his daily presence. Toward the end of his life, his personality humbled and he showed rare moments of genuine thoughtfulness and care towards myself and other library employees. The library won't be the same without him. 07/08/2010 Marilyn Scher I thank all of you wonderful people, some I know and some I don't know, for your kind and loving words. My brother Charles is now resting next to my mother and father in New Jersey and he is at peace for the first time in 40 years. I also would like to thank Colleen Curran Bromwell for her very caring,exremely professional and excellent help. She made a very sad and difficult task much easier. I hope that those who knew Charles when he was growing up in Cambridge remember him, as he asked me to remember him, "as an energetic young man". Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. 07/07/2010 Dianne Baur I was sorry to hear of Charles' death and will miss his presence in Cambridge. I'd speak to him as he set up his mug collection at St. Mary's Holiday Bazaar and he was so polite, but always declined an offer to watch his table or get him a snack. My condolences to Marilyn. Dianne Baur 06/30/2010 Les Thomas Good-bye Charles. I have always been really bother by the fact that the disease took you. I just don't understand why it happened to you. As teen agers we played tennis often, you were a good guy. I just was saddened to see you walk through town knowing what you were like. 06/29/2010 Harriet & Daniel Kabel Dear Marilyn, We send you our deepest heartfelt sympathy and honor your courage in acknowledging what Charles had to live with. It is never easy to stand by and watch a loved one suffer knowing there is nothing that you can to do to make it better. You have honored Charles by writing about his life's struggles and the courage it took to do what he did....LIVE. Your parents would be so proud of you. We are thinking about you and holding you close in our thoughts and hearts. Harriet & Dan 06/29/2010 Sheila Smith Charles was a frequent visitor to the Lutheran Mission where he and I would visit. He was interested in my Granddaughters tennis progress and told me about his tennis career in California. I will miss those visits. My deepest sympathy to his family. 06/27/2010 Michael Donoho Marilyn, I'm so sorry to hear of Charles's death. I will miss seeing him around Cambridge and at the library. Michael "Mickey" Donoho. 06/25/2010 Phil Kabachnick I remember Charles as person I admirred and looked up to A great athlete and very personable It is a shame what a disease can do to a person when left unattended. His family did everything humanly possible to help him but charles just would never accept their help or anyone elses. May he rest in piece 06/25/2010 Bob & Donna Greenleaf We will miss Mr. Scher. We could set our clocks by him as he passed us on his regular early morning and evening jogs. Sometimes he waited on our corner for the bus, once even asking to borrow a chair to sit in. To us, he was always polite and candid. It is a great credit to him and a praiseworthy example to others similarly situated that he was both self-reliant and determined to learn and to stay fit. 06/24/2010 Elizabeth H Chance To the family of Charles Scherr: I started at the library in 2006 and got to know Charles, he mostly stayed to himself except to ask me if the newspapers were in, and would either say yes or no, near the time when he was getting ready to move to Florida I would converse with him about his trip. I asked my co-workers if we could give him a card or something to show we cared. We did, it was a plak of the library, and a book about Cambridge, Md. I so sorry that he has left us and pray he is happier in Heaven. 06/24/2010 Eileen and Averell Eisner Beautiful obituary on the tragic life and death of Charles Scher. May he rest in peace and may his life and death make a difference to those individuals and families who suffer from mental illness. May his struggle serve to "light a candle" for all to gain awareness of and seek assistance for those individuals whose life's journey is challenged by mental illness. Our heartfelt condolences to his loving sister, Marilyn. 06/24/2010 Helen F. Dupree Sorry to hear of the Passing of Charles, My heartfelt Sympathy is with the Scher Family. "The Peace Of God Be With You." 06/24/2010 Nancy Nofield Marilyn, my deepest sympathies to you and yours in the loss of your dear brother. May he live on in the light. 06/24/2010 Jean Del Sordo On behalf of the Dorchester County Public Library staff and Board of Trustees, I send our condolences on your loss. It was our honor to provide library services to Charles for many years. He will be missed by all of us. 06/24/2010 Diane Wise Wendy, introduced us in Jimmies and Sooks. Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of your brother. I have the DVD, A Beautiful Mind. You honor him with this revelation of his illness. I so often saw him walking and I wondered. Now he is at rest. Diane Wise 06/23/2010
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