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The Rev Charles McGinley

Thursday, January 14, 2020 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

St. Mark's Episcopal Church


St. Mark's Episcopal Church


The Rev. Charles Richard McGinley died peacefully on January 8, 2020 in his residence at Homewood-Williamsport. He was 94 years old.

Charles was born in Hagerstown, Maryland on May 19, 1926 to Edward William McGinley, Sr. and Frances Elizabeth (Schueler) McGinley, both of Hagerstown.

Charles was a member of the first graduating class of Hagerstown Junior College (HCC), graduating with an Associate of Arts degree with High Honors in 1948. He graduated from Boston University, class of 1949, with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Radio Broadcasting and Public Relations. From there, he went to the Virginia Theological Seminary, where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 1957.

Charles served honorably in the U.S. Navy Guard during World War II, from 1944-46. During this time, he served as a member of the gun crew on Merchant Marine ships stationed in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. He achieved the rank of Esign in the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1947. Charles was also a veteran of the Korean War, serving aboard the USS Union (AKA-106) in Korea from 1950-1951. Charles then transferred to the U.S. Navy Reserve Chaplain Corps, where he served for 32 years before retiring with the rank of Commander.

Charles had a distinguished career as a beloved and respected servant of the Episcopal Church. He served as Rector for numerous churches across the United States, including: St. Stephen's (Richmond, VA), Emmanuel (Kempsville, VA), St. Edward the Confessor (San Jose, CA), St. Matthew's (Newton, KS) and St. Mark's (Boonsboro, MD). He retired from St. Mark's after 14 years of service as the 11th Rector.

Charles and his wife, Katherine, were long-standing board members of the Hagerstown Free Clinic and he will be remembered for his many generous charitable endeavors to the Episcopal Church, the Homewood Foundation, and Meals on Wheels.

Charles is preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Katherine Morgan McGinley; sister, Anna Marie McGinley; and brother, Edward William McGinley. Charles is survived by his three sons, Richard Morgan McGinley of Sevierville, TN;  Howard Martin McGinley of Hagerstown, MD; and Andrew Mark McGinley of Boonsboro, MD; four grandchildren, Adam McGinley of Pleasantville, NY, Jeremey McGinley of San Francisco, CA, Ryan McGinley of Colorado Springs, CO, and Katelynn McGinley of Baltimore, MD; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be held privately for the immediate family in compliance with Covid-19 guidelines with The Rev. Virginia Carr officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mark's Episcopal Cemetery.

A visitation will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 18313 Lappans Road, Boonsboro, MD from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Thursday, January 14, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church or to the Homewood Foundation.

Online condolences may be expressed at

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To the family, I remember with fondness the days at St Mark's Episcopal Church with Rev. Charles as our priest. I was very fond of Trink and the fun we used to have in ECW. He was a wonderful person and priest. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings, Joan and Jim Bachtell

Jim and Joan Bachtell
Hagerstown, Maryland

Andy, I am sad to learn of your father's death. I did not know him, but it seems he had a very full, enriching life. You have my deepest sympathy. May you feel the comfort and love of our Lord - you will be in my prayers .

Marion Northern
Hagerstown, Maryland

Prayers and deepest condolences to all of you. Charlie+ was a dear man and we'll never forget his presence at St. Mark's, Lappans. May he rest in peace.

Anjel+ & Stuart Scarborough
Ellicott City, MD

Andy, We are both so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. May you be comforted by good memories. Ken and Peg Brown

Peg Brown
Williamsport , Maryland

Charles was such a wonderful man and I was privileged to know him through Hagerstown Community College where he was a member of the first graduating class of HJC. He was a proud 1948 alumnus. He would call my office periodically to chat and I enjoyed knowing him and hearing his HJC experiences. My prayers are with your family at this very sad time. Charles will be greatly missed. Lisa Stewart Coordinator, Alumni Relation & Annual Giving Hagerstown Community College

Lisa Stewart
Hagertown, Maryland

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