Death Of RETIREE, Charles Roland “Buck” Meurer Truck-5

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    David Franz

    Charles Roland “Buck” Meurer passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Buck lived his entire life in Baltimore and was the patriarch of the Meurer family. He will be missed by so many as a beloved father, grandfather, father-in-law, uncle and friend. As a youth he grew up in East Baltimore City and Parkville. After his father died suddenly, to support his mother Buck dropped out of Towson High School and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was a Marine for 5 years, including service on the USS Philippine Sea aircraft carrier. After returning home to Baltimore, he became a Baltimore City Firefighter. He was a firefighter for 37 years, and was stationed at Truck 5 (at the corner of Harford & Oliver Streets). He retired in 1991 and spent the rest of his life enjoying (and harassing) family and friends.

    He was a fixture for decades on the sidelines of numerous Baltimore ballfields, watching his sons and grandkids play ball. His presence there was not always welcome by coaches and especially referees or umpires, but he was always there. He freely shared his opinion on everything, including sports and relationships. Family and friends always knew where they stood with Buck.

    He is predeceased by two precious ladies who loved him dearly. Ruth “Rudy” Albers, a remarkable woman, was his wife for 28 years until her sudden, tragic death in an automobile accident in 1981. Buck soldiered on as a man and father. He was then blessed to have Bette Wilson as his kind, loving and tolerant companion for many years until her passing in 2017.

    Buck was a legend to those who knew him. As a father, he put three boys through McDonogh School and college on a firefighter’s salary. Forever the handyman, he spent many Saturdays keeping old cars running or repairing a kitchen appliance himself. As a grandfather, he was forever present at their important events, and he was a devoted “Bucky” to his daughters-in-law. His family will forever cherish the example he set regarding work ethic, responsibility, sacrifice, perseverance, and the importance of family.

    His first born son Thomas passed away suddenly in 2013. Surviving family are his sons David Meurer and wife Susan, of Towson, MD and Paul Meurer and wife Lysa, of San Diego, CA; grandchildren Joseph, Michael, Annika, Troy and Nicholas Meurer; and numerous nieces and nephews in a large extended Baltimore family.

    A viewing will be held on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 2:00-4:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm at Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, Towson, MD 21204. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 11:00am at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 9215 Old Harford Road, Parkville, MD 21234. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the “Ruth Flora and Charles Roland Meurer” scholarship fund at McDonogh School, 8600 McDonogh Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

    Fire Department Service – 37 Years, 6 Months 10 Days

    On Retirement – 27 Years, 7 Months, 17 Days

    Retirees Association Member – 27 Years, 7 Months, 17 Days

    Age – 87 Years, 11 Months, 2 Days

    Rest in peace Charles Meurer (Buck)

    Greg Dahlem

    Buck was the leader of A shift at T5 when I started there as AuxFF here in 1971. He and Carl Miles were Fire Fighters who I looked to for guidance as my career advanced. RIP Buck


    Buck had a saying, “I’ve seen them come and I’ve seen them go, but I am still here.” He was talking about all who passed through Truck Co. 5, Chief of Fire Department, Deputy Chiefs. Battalion Chiefs and just good firefighters. He passed a lot of knowledge and tradition along to many rookies ( of which I was one ). I will always hold his friendship dear and the memories forever in my heart. His time has come now to be with the ones he loves who are no longer with us. Well Buck I’ve seen you go and wish you were still here, miss you my friend.
    Semper Fi Marine
    Rest in peace Buck.

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