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Former Smithsburg councilman Slick dies

January 09, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

SMITHSBURG

karenh@herald-mail.com

The "heart and soul" of Smithsburg Historical Society Inc., Charles H. Slick was a fixture on the town council, even after he no longer was a member, said one man who served with him.

"I guess he was the epitome of what somebody who's involved in a small town is. He loved the town, he cared about the town, you could tell that about him at the meetings," Councilman Jerome Martin said Sunday.

Slick, a former councilman who was president of the historical society, died Friday at Washington County Hospital at the age of 75.

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He was an organizer of Smithsburg Pride Days and was picked as the town's Citizen of the Year in 2001, according to Herald-Mail reports.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said Slick was an organized, informed councilman who did not hesitate to share his opinion. Despite falling short as a write-in council candidate in 2002, Slick remained a familiar face at council meetings, Myers said.

"If we count on one person being at the council meetings, even if he wasn't a member, he would be there," Myers said. Sometimes, Slick was the only person in the audience, she said Sunday.

Slick served 14 years on the council before declaring he would not run againl, though he later told supporters he would represent them if their write-in campaign was successful. He collected 108 votes, which was not enough for election.

According to Myers, Martin and historical society vice president Preston Law, Slick was especially devoted to the society.

The "kingpin" of the society, he rarely told of his own combat experiences during the Korean War, fellow veteran Law said.

Instead, Slick devoted his time to paying tribute to others, Law said.

"He was always interested in the Memorial Day and Veterans' Day activities in Smithsburg," Law said. Though memorials often involved veterans of the Vietnam and Gulf wars, Slick rarely talked about his own experiences in the U.S. Army, Law said Sunday.

Slick found ways to get the historical society involved in all town functions, said Patricia Nelson. She said Sunday she joined the society's board of directors about a year ago after Slick encouraged her to help out.

"He had a way of getting people involved," she said.

Slick was friendly, and people typically liked him right away, Nelson said.

Slick, who usually contributed a comment or question or two at council meetings, was willing to provide historical research, if the council needed the information, Myers said.

"I would probably have called him Mr. Historical Society because that's probably how he spent most of his time after he moved back to town," Myers said.

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