Charles Law, 83, a former Delaware County public-school teacher, died of heart failure Dec. 26 at his home in Broomall.

An eighth-grade English teacher, Mr. Law taught in Oxford, Neb., Sheridan Lake, Colo., and Camden before a 28-year career at what is now the Swarthmore-Rutledge School.

His daughter, Cynthia Law, said he retired in 1984.

An accomplished pianist, Mr. Law played at piano bars in Ambler and Upper Darby in the 1950s.

Born in Philadelphia, he graduated in 1944 from Upper Darby High School and was a Navy quartermaster on ships in the Pacific.

Using the GI Bill, he earned a bachelor's degree in English at what is now West Chester University in 1949.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the Wallingford-Swarthmore Education Association.

Besides his daughter, Mr. Law is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley; daughters Susan Larney and Diane Kloss; two sisters; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation was set for 10 a.m. today at the Toppitzer Funeral Home at Arlington Cemetery, 2900 State Rd., Drexel Hill, followed by an 11 a.m. funeral there. Burial will be in the cemetery.