Charles Calka, Chesapeake Publishing executive, Dead at 57

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(AP) Charles “”Charlie”” Calka, an executive of the Chesapeake Publishing Corp. who was well-known in newspaper circles, died at his home in Annapolis Wednesday. He was 57.

A native of Greenwich, Conn., Calka was a graduate of the University of Connecticut. He was president of the company’s printing division. In 1980, he added chief financial officer to his portfolio. Before joining the Maryland company, Calka was the corporate controller of Morris Newspaper Corp. in Savannah, Ga.

“”Charlie’s sudden death sent shock waves through his family, friends and the company,”” Tom Bradlee, president of Chesapeake’s publishing division, said. “”To my knowledge, he never had anything more than a cold. He’s been an integral part of Chesapeake’s success from the day he joined the company. He will be missed dearly.””

The company publishes The (Easton) Star Democrat, the Cecil Whig and other periodicals on the eastern shore in Maryland and Delaware.

Calka was an avid boater and enjoyed time with his family on his 40-foot boat named “”Our Time.”” Mr. Calka also enjoyed golf and loved cars.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Calka; two daughters, Caryn F. Calka of Annapolis, and Mitzi N. Calka of Baltimore, and his stepson, Thomas L. Grimes of Annapolis. Arrangements and services were incomplete Thursday.

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