Warren C. Wilkins, dining car chef

April 27, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Warren C. Wilkins, a dining car chef, died April 21 of respiratory failure at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 88 and had been a resident of Old Court Nursing Center in Randallstown for six years.

Earlier, he lived in the 2500 block of W. Lanvale St. for more than 40 years.

He retired in 1970 after a 43-year career with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad where he was a chef aboard Office Car 100 that was used by railroad officials for inspection tours and to travel to meetings and conferences.

Milly R. Wilkins of Baltimore said of her father-in-law: "He loved the railroad and enjoyed his career because of the people it brought him in contact with. He always said he was around the best people."

Mr. Wilkins was born in Philadelphia and spent his early years in Cape Charles, Va. He graduated from Baltimore's Douglass High School in 1926 and joined the B&O dining car department the next year.

"It was the only job he ever had," Mrs. Wilkins said. "He was known for his crab cakes and seafood Newburg, which he made with lobster, crab and shrimp, and he put a little wine in the sauce, which made it special. His recipes are a family secret, and he enjoyed preparing these dishes until he went into the nursing home," she said.

"Sometimes the other chefs would turn away the railroad workers or charge them if they asked for a sandwich -- but he didn't," she said. "He was known for his kindness."

In 1926, Mr. Wilkins married Neva Evans, who died in 1959. In 1960, he married Shirley B. Calloway of Hartford, Conn., who died last year.

His two sons are deceased.

Services were planned for noon today at St. Katherine's Episcopal Church, Presstman and Division streets in Baltimore, with interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

He is survived by a brother, Edward Wilkins; and a sister, Helen Davis, both of Philadelphia; a stepson, Ernest Calloway of Hartford; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Katherine's Episcopal Church, Musical Organ Fund, 2001 Division St., Baltimore 21217.

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