Raymond E. Stinson, S&S Trucking founder

March 13, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Raymond E. Stinson, who started his career with one truck delivering Eastern Shore tomatoes and parlayed his efforts into a fleet of 10 hauling steel, died March 5, the day after his birthday, of a heart attack at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 66.

He founded S&S Trucking in the early 1950s with one truck, which he drove as well as maintained in a garage on Patterson Park Avenue. By 1967, he had expanded his fleet to 10 tractors and became a contract hauler with Bauer Trucking Co., transporting export steel to ships in the Baltimore Harbor.

"He not only worked 80-hour weeks but also drove one of the trucks," recalled his daughter Carol Stinson of Baltimore. "He even picked up his drivers in the morning, bought them their lunches and took them home at the end of the day. He had just finished taking home a driver when he had his heart attack.

"He did most of the maintenance work on his trucks and was known for his mechanical ability," she said. "He used to say, 'I can fix anything except an airplane -- but if I tinkered with it long enough I could fix that, too.' "

Melissa Bauer, the office manager for Bauer Trucking, remembered him as "a funny person with a great sense of humor."

Bobby Stine, a dispatcher with the trucking company who was a friend for 30 years, said, "He was a hard worker and was a great guy to be around. He . . . always had a smile on his face or something clever to say."

He enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, playing cards, shooting pool and cooking crabs for his family and friends.

"He was always bringing kids in here with him," said Ms. Bauer. "He'd go to my house and entertain my children."

His marriage in 1961 to Barbara Roles ended in divorce.

Services were held Friday at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Salem.

He is also survived by two sons, Raymond E. Stinson Jr. and Bernard Edwards, both of Baltimore; four other daughters, Pamela White of Sharon, Tenn., Jean Reyes of Martin, Tenn., Shirley Conyer of Newark, Del., and Tarita McCallum of Baltimore; a sister, Arrie Thompkins of Wilmington, Del.; 14 grandchildren; and special friend, Renae Jackson.

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