Charles Sandlass, a retired computer instruments worker who competed in numerous wheelchair sports competitions, died Wednesday at the
Born in Baltimore and raised in
He became an instrument technician and worked on surgical instruments, aircraft instrument panels and computer parts at the Computer Instruments Co. in Hempstead, N.Y. He also learned to drive a car.
Mr. Sandlass decided to start playing basketball in a wheelchair league sponsored by the Bulova School. He played in the 1965-1966 season. For the next two decades, he competed in the discus throw, javelin and shot put at the World Wheelchair Games. He traveled to competitions in Japan, Israel, Canada, Germany, China and the Netherlands.
"Charlie did not let his disability stop him from achieving his dreams," said his niece, Connie Tinkham of
He moved to Maryland about 25 years ago and enjoyed playing cards with his brothers.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of
In addition to his niece, survivors include five brothers, Louis H. Sandlass Jr. of