Theodore Dyer, retired iron worker


August 25, 1993|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Staff Writer

Theodore W. Dyer, a retired iron worker and carpenter who sang in barbershop quartets, died of heart failure Aug. 12 at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson.

The 70-year-old Northeast Baltimore resident was a member of Iron Workers Local No. 16 for 30 years and worked for various companies on a contract basis. He worked as a carpenter in a local shipyard before he became an iron worker.

But the Baltimore native's first job was in a bakery.

"He had to work to help support his mother, two brothers and two sisters," recalled his son, Tim Dyer, a Dundalk resident. "He wasn't able to attend high school."

His father was not one to shun hard work, the son said.

"He worked on the construction of the second Bay Bridge and injured his eye," Tim Dyer recalled. "He continued to come to work until the eye became so bad that he eventually lost 90 percent of his vision in it."

It was such dedication that was most impressive to the only son.

Supporting his family also kept Mr. Dyer from pursuing a career in baseball.

"He was actually scouted by the Orioles . . . ," Tim Dyer said. "He was offered a tryout, but never went. When he told his family what he had in mind, they looked at him as though he were crazy."

Mr. Dyer sang in a barbershop quartet, a hobby that began "25 or 30 years ago," said his wife, the former Inez Jones. They were married in 1935.

He also is survived by two daughters, Jane Morris of Towson and Ann Darby of Baltimore; a brother, Clarence Dyer of Rosedale; a twin sister, Evelyn Orsier of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Services were held Aug. 15.

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