Capt. John E. Atkinson, a retired Chesapeake Bay pilot, died Friday at his home in Joppa of complications from a stroke.
A memorial service for Captain Atkinson, who was known as "Jack," will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the E. F. Lassahn funeral establishment, 11750 Belair Road in Kingsville.
He retired last January from the Association of Maryland Pilots after 34 years of service, much of it guiding ships in and out of the port.
He earlier worked as a salesman for Kelly Pontiac.
The Baltimore native attended Loyola High School before his graduation in 1950 from City College.
He was also a member of the Naval Reserve.
He is survived by his wife, the former Sheila G. Rawlins; a daughter, Kathryn Atkinson of Philadelphia; a stepdaughter, Debra Tillyard of Abingdon; two stepsons, Mitchell Tillyard of Beaverton, Ore., and Darrall Tillyard of Joppa; two brothers, Dr. Lawrence E. Atkinson of Monkton and Donald P. Atkinson of White Hall; and two sisters, Eileen Atkinson Morrill of Sparks and Mary Joan McCarthy of Bethesda.