By Tod Marks
Charles C. (“Cuppy”) Fenwick, the long-time director of the Maryland Hunt Cup, died on Dec. 16. The retired Baltimore County businessman was born and raised in the Glyndon Area and spent his entire life on the farm where he grew up and developed a love of the outdoors, including bird hunting and riding horses.
The youngest of six children, Mr. Fenwick’s parents were G. Bernard and Margaret G. Fenwick; his great grandfather Arunah Abell was the founder of the Baltimore Sun. Mr. Fenwick had five children of his own, including National Steeplechase Association horsemen Charles C. Fenwick Jr., and H. Bruce Fenwick, and Peter R. Fenwick, a member of the NSA’s board of directors.
A 1942 graduate of Gilman School, Mr. Fenwick attended Princeton University for one year before enlisting in the infantry where he served in the second World War and landed in Normandy in September of 1944. As a member of the Anti-Tank Company, 407th Infantry, Mr. Fenwick was trained in explosives. He had a role in the Battle of the Bulge, laying strategic mines during the Christmas Eve fighting, for which earned a Bronze Star.
After the war, Mr. Fenwick married Rosalie Bruce, with whom he had four sons. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1963, he married Elizabeth White and together they have one son.
Mr. Fenwick began his professional career as a clerk with the U.S. Steamship Line for the port of Baltimore. He later co-founded Fenwick, Michaels and Downs, the predecessor of Riggs, Councilman, Michaels and Downs. In 1962, Mr. Fenwick acquired the rights to sell Volkswagen cars in Maryland and opened his first dealership, Towson Valley Motors. The dealership quickly expanded to include Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Subaru, and Porsche and, with this growth, relocated several times before establishing itself on York Road in Hunt Valley with the name Valley Motors. In addition, Mr. Fenwick partnered with William Kidd, Sr. to open Bill Kidd’s Toyota/Volvo in Cockeysville.
Although he was never a steeplechase jockey, Mr. Fenwick served as the director of the Maryland Hunt Cup for more than 30 of the race’s 125-year history. The Maryland Hunt Cup is run on the farm adjacent to his home and the nearby Green Spring Valley Hounds of which he was a member. In his later years, he spent most afternoons hiking through the woods around his farm, often with Betty, his wife of 57 years, and their dogs.
Mr. Fenwick also served on the Board of Western Maryland College (now McDaniel) for many years. He was a lifetime member of the Sacred Heart Church in Glyndon.
Mr. Fenwick is survived by his wife, Elizabeth W. Fenwick, sister, Frances F. Edelen of Timonium, and children, Charles (spouse, Sherry) of Butler, Bruce (Patti) of Reisterstown, Peter (Amy) of Reisterstown, Edwin Abell Fenwick of Walden, Colo., and John G. Fenwick (Betsy) of Brunswick, Maine. He also is survived by nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.