Charles Franklin Wingfield Jr. of Montclair, a longtime employee of Chrysler Corp. and star second baseman for Montclair High School, died on Monday, Aug. 15.  He was 78.

Mr. Wingfield was born in Glen Ridge in 1944 to Charles and Thelma Wingfield. He attended Hillside School and graduated from Montclair High School in 1963. He received a bachelor’s degree from Bloomfield College, where he was president of Zeta Sigma fraternity.

An avid baseball player, he was selected three years in a row as an All-State first-team second baseman. 

Mr. Wingfield moved to Illinois and was employed by Chrysler Corp. for over 25 years, receiving numerous accolades and awards. Upon his retirement, he moved back to Montclair. 

He will be remembered for his humor, baseball and upbeat attitude.

Mr. Wingfield is survived by his daughters, Katherine Wingfield-Barry (William) and Claire Wingfield; their mother, Vivienne Wingfield; grandchildren, Matthew, Joshua and Elizabeth Barry; great-grandson, Henry Barry; sisters, Donna Wingfield-Feggins and Robyn Wingfield-Howard; brothers-in-law, Frederick Howard and Floyd Jefferson Jr., and numerous other relatives and friends. 

Services were Aug. 19 at Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals.