Fred J. Bittel, manager at copper, brass firm

July 25, 1993

Fred J. Bittel, a retired customer-service manager for Revere Copper & Brass Co. and Catonsville native, died July 17 of complications from heart surgery at the Baptist Medical Center Montclair in Birmingham, Ala. He was 62.

Mr. Bittel joined Revere Copper & Brass in Baltimore in the mid-1950s. He was later transferred to its Philadelphia plant. In the late 1960s, he was transferred again to its operations in the South, retiring from the company in 1987. He had been a resident of Scottsboro, Ala., for the past 24 years.

An avid gardener, Mr. Bittel busied himself tending the grounds around his Scottsboro home, which was part of a local house and garden tour.

Mr. Bittel was a member of the Master Garden Club, the Lions Club and the Supper Club in Scottsboro.

He was among six partners in a Catonsville liquor store established by his grandfather in 1939. Schleupner's Liquor Store is in a historic 27-room house, a portion of which was built during the French and Indian War, said his sister, Mary Bittel Esslinger.

Born and raised in Catonsville, Mr. Bittel -- known to friends and relatives as "Sonny" and "Bitt" -- was a graduate of Catonsville High School. From 1950 to 1954 he served in the U.S. Navy on Guam.

Before he moved to Scottsboro, Mr. Bittel was active in the Blue Ridge Mountain Country Club in Harpers Ferry, W. Va., where his parents had a home.

Mr. Bittel collected antique automobiles and was a member of the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club, an international organization interested in the preservation and restoration of automobiles built from 1909 to 1957 by the Hudson Motor Car Co.

In addition to his sister, he is survived by his wife of 24 years, the former Ann Bramwell; and a godmother, Mary Schleupner of Catonsville.

Services were conducted Tuesday in Scottsboro.

The family suggested donations to the American Heart Association or the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, 2526 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218 or to St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 27 Melvin Ave., Catonsville 21228.

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