Lester I. D. SmithTile salesmanLester I. D. Smith, a...

March 04, 1994

Lester I. D. Smith

Tile salesman

Lester I. D. Smith, a retired salesman for a tile company who secured the contract to furnish the tiles lining the Fort McHenry Tunnel, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in the Pinehurst area. He was 72.

He was a salesman for the American Olean Tile Co. in the middle Atlantic states for 26 years and retired at the end of 1992. He won many of the company's President's Awards for successes such as the tunnel contract.

Born in Narberth, Pa., he served in the Navy during World War II and graduated in 1948 from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 1:30 p.m. today at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Jacqueline Jamieson; four sons, L. Terry Smith of Baltimore, Andrew J. Smith of Catonsville, and L. Jamie Smith and Christopher C. Smith of Towson; two daughters, Karen S. Deeley of Lutherville and Jacquelyn S. Jablonski of Arnold; two brothers, Henry A. Smith of Bryn Mawr, Pa., and John F. Smith of Fort Washington, Pa.; and 15 grandchildren. Charles C. Bishop, a retired elementary school teacher and saxophone player, died Tuesday of heart failure at his home in Chestertown. He was 82.

He moved from Chase in eastern Baltimore County to Chestertown in 1972 after he retired as a public school teacher.

He had taught in the Baltimore County schools for about 25 years, much of the time at Chase Elementary School. Earlier, he was a purchasing agent for the Glenn L. Martin Co. after he moved to the Baltimore area during World War II from Warren, Pa., where he had worked for the United Refinery Co.

Born in Sharon, Pa., Mr. Bishop worked his way through the University of Iowa as a saxophonist in his band, the Charlie Bishop Orchestra, which played at school dances and toured resort areas in the summer.

In the Baltimore area, he played with orchestras led by Marty Vestrick, Carmen Ray and Lou and Vince Lombardo. After moving to Chestertown, he joined the Washington College Jazz Band.

Services were to be held at noon today at Trinity Lutheran Church in Chestertown.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Grace Lane Jones; a daughter, Bettina Pauline Bishop Harris; and a grandson. All are of Chestertown.

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