William R. Huggins, 80, 7-term Arundel sheriffFormer...

February 26, 1996

William R. Huggins, 80, 7-term Arundel sheriff

Former seven-term Anne Arundel County Sheriff William R. Huggins died Wednesday night of complications from a stroke at his home in Brooklyn Park. He was 80.

"They called him 'Smiling Huggins' because he always had a smile on his face," said former Del. W. Ray Huff. "He always tried to help as many people as he could."

Mr. Huggins was born and raised in Woodlawn, said his wife of 56 years, the former Jean Waleska. During World War II, he served as a cook at Fort McClellan, Ala. He later became a tile mason, laying tiles in the Harbor Tunnel.

He got involved in local politics with the Roland Terrace Democratic Club in the late 1950s and ran unsuccessfully for sheriff in 1958. He won the job in 1962 -- and kept on winning.

The seven-term string was broken in 1990, when he lost to Robert G. Pepersack Sr.

Mr. Huggins liked to play golf, and fish -- and sing, his wife said. "He sounded like Frank Sinatra. You give him a microphone and he wouldn't give it back."

Mr. Huggins was a member of many organizations, including Glen Burnie Elks Lodge 2266, American Legion Post 276 in Severn and the Lake Shore and Stony Creek Democratic clubs.

Mr. Huff credited Mr. Huggins with starting Boys Ranch, a Frederick camp run by the State Sheriffs Association for children with disciplinary problems.

"He loved being with people," said state Sen. Philip C. Jimeno, a Brooklyn Park Democrat, "and that's what made him so successful and so popular."

In addition to his wife, Mr. Huggins is survived by two daughters, Darlene Murphy of Pasadena and Cindy Cummings of Westminster; and four grandchildren.

Services are planned for 11 a.m. today at Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie. Bernard Nakielski Jr., who started banging drums in elementary school and became a professional musician with several area bands, died of cancer Friday at his home in Severna Park. He was 40.

Until he became seriously ill with throat cancer about a year ago, Mr. Nakielski, a Baltimore native, also worked for the Howard County Department of Public Works in Columbia.

He was lead drummer for the award-winning marching band at Severna Park High School, from which he graduated in 1973.

Mr. Nakielski played drums and sang with many groups, including the Blue Blazes, the Stardells and Torch, said his mother, Betty Nakielski of Severna Park. On his own, he played keyboard and guitar.

Mr. Nakielski was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Annapolis, where services were to be held at 1 p.m. today. The family suggested donations to the church, at 31 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis 21401, or to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville 21108.

Mr. Nakielski also is survived by his father, Bernard Nakielski Sr. of Severna Park; two sisters, Monica Russell of Gambrills and Sandra Zuger of Severna Park; his fiancee, Michelle Lehner of Severn; and several nephews and nieces.

Charles F. Fowler, 80, who was manager of a Bel Air A&P grocery store for two decades, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at his Kingsville residence.

Mr. Fowler, a Baltimore native and City College graduate, was an Army medic in Italy during World War II. He was associated with the grocery chain for 43 years, until his retirement in 1977.

He was a communicant of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 8039 Bradshaw Road, Bradshaw, where a Mass of Resurrection was to be offered at 10 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Louise McCauley; a son, Lee Fowler of White Hall; and a grandchild.

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