Charles "Bud" Groft, a retired Westminster auto mechanic who had been battling back from a double-lung transplant last August, died Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital from an infection he developed following ulcer surgery.
Services will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at St. John's Lutheran Church, 961 Leister's Church Road in Westminster.
Mr. Groft, 51, was born in Westminster. He left high school to begin working as a mechanic at automotive shops. He worked for 17 years as yard manager of Condon's Auto Parts in Westminster and often spent his spare time tinkering with cars.
Mr. Groft loved horses and enjoyed riding Echo, his albino horse who died in 1989 at the age of 23. In the last few months of Mr. Groft's life, even while he struggled with health problems, he was hoping to find another horse to replace Echo.