A Mass of Christian burial for Joseph Ares Sr., a native o Spain who worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant for 45 years, will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Chapel, 800 Oldham St. in Highlandtown.
Mr. Ares died Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital from complications following a fall. He was 87.
Born in a small village outside La Coruna in Galicia, Mr. Ares was the son of a tavern owner. After the early death of his father, Mr. Ares was apprenticed to a bricklayer and left home for Cuba in 1920 while still a teen-ager.
He waited tables for a while before going to work in a Havana sugar refinery. In 1923 he and a few friends decided to try their luck in the United States and landed in Baltimore.
He immediately found a job at Bethlehem Steel, where he worked for the next 45 years, first in the hot mill and then as a shearman in the strip mill, before retiring in 1967.
In June 1929, he married the former Lucinda Sucapane, and the couple settled in the 600 block of Savage Street, just south of Eastern Avenue, where Mrs. Ares still resides.
Mr. Ares became a U.S. citizen in 1940 and served as a sergeant in Company 316, Reserve Militia of the Maryland Minutemen during World War II.
He had a passion for all forms of sports and in his younger years organized an amateur soccer team, mostly made up of East Baltimore Spaniards, who played games in Patterson Park.
He made several trips back to his Galician home from Baltimore.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Ares is survived by a son, Joseph Ares Jr. of Dundalk; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.