Charles W. Carr, 82, owner of Irish Shop in Keswick Village

Charles W. Carr
Charles W. Carr
Posted: February 19, 2014

Charles W. Carr, 82, a resident of Sea Isle City, N.J., since the late 1990s who operated the Irish Shop in Keswick Village in Glenside, died of cancer Thursday, Feb. 13, at his home.

Born in Bryn Mawr, Mr. Carr graduated from West Catholic High School for Boys in 1949 and was a member of the Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War.

"He operated a rock-crushing machine to make roads," his brother James said.

Using the GI Bill, Mr. Carr earned a bachelor's degree in finance at Villanova University.

Through the 1960s, Mr. Carr was an internal auditor for general merchandise manufacturers, traveling to out-of-state locations, his brother said.

Mr. Carr began his retail career in the early 1970s, opening his first Irish Shop in the arcade of what is now the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

"He sold imported Irish products," from knit sweaters to china and crystal, his brother said.

Before closing the Bryn Mawr location in the late 1980s, he opened the Glenside location in 1979 near the Keswick Theatre.

Mr. Carr operated the Keswick store until June 1995, his brother said, when "my wife and I purchased it from him. We closed it in March of last year."

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Besides his brother, Mr. Carr is survived by two sisters, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass is planned for spring at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, 31 Pennswood Rd., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010.

Condolences may be offered to the family at the church at the above address.

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