Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park * Crownsville * Millersville


February 12, 1993

William Baldwin Jr., contractor, dies

William E. Baldwin Jr., a self-made businessman who helped found one of the state's largest road construction companies, died last Friday at Anne Arundel Medical Center after a heart attack. He was 82.

Mr. Baldwin and his brother, Frank, started the Reliable Contracting Co. in 1928 with one used dump truck. Today, the company has more than 60 dump trucks and has been a major contractor in the multimillion dollar project to widen Route 50.

A lifelong Millersville resident, Mr. Baldwin left school at an early age to work on his father's Church View Farm.

With Mr. Baldwin as president since 1950, the contracting company has grown to more than 350 employees. He also was a founding member and major stockholder of the Empire Corp., a company that owns office buildings in northern Anne Arundel County.

Despite Mr. Baldwin's accomplishments, "he treated everybody the same," said his son, William E. Baldwin III. "On a job, he'd walk right past important people to talk to the guy in the ditch first."

His kindness led friends and business associates to tag Mr. Baldwin "Uncle Bill."

He was proud of his family and his church, Our Lady of the Fields, which sits on a small hill in the middle of the Baldwin farm property. Mr. Baldwin began serving as an usher while a teen-ager and continued until his death.

Nearly 500 people packed the church for his funeral Tuesday.

Mr. Baldwin is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Meade Baldwin, and their children, William E. Baldwin III, C. Meade Baldwin, John T. Baldwin and Mary B. Wyatt, all of Millersville, and Dorothy E. Goodson of Chester.

He also is survived by his sister, Anastasia Pantaleo of Annapolis; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The Greater Severna Park Council has added its support to anti-smoking legislation in Anne Arundel County.

The GSPC voted Tuesday night to endorse county or state legislation to limit smoking in public areas.

pTC "Aware of the dangers of second-hand smoking, we support the concept of regulation of smoking in public places and urge the county to support the concept," read the resolution.

Bills under discussion at the state level would regulate tobacco sales to minors, restrict the location of cigarette vending machines and raise the maximum fine for selling tobacco to a minor to $1,000.

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