Maurice Martin Jr., longshoremen's union official

October 25, 1997|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Maurice "Teenny" Martin Jr., a retired International Longshoremen's Association official and former longshoreman, died Tuesday of emphysema at his South Baltimore residence. He was 45.

Mr. Martin, the son of a longshoreman, was born and raised on Haubert Street in Locust Point, within sight of the waterfront that would become the site of his life's work.

A popular figure known for answering questions with "Okay, Cap," he began working on the docks after graduating from Southern High School in 1970. He also attended the University of Baltimore.

In 1975, he joined International Longshoremen's Association Checkers Local 953. As a checker he oversaw the stowage and discharge of cargo made making sure all U.S. Custom releases and ship's papers were in order.

In 1979, he was elected to dispatcher, a job that meant assigning more than 500 union members daily to terminals and vessels throughout the Port of Baltimore.

He also participated in union contract negotiations and helped implement management-labor agreements. He was also a trustee for the Steamship Trade Association-I.L.A. Pension and Benefit Fund and an administrator of the Steamship Trade Association-I.L.A. Container Royalty Fund.

"Teenny was a very good person, and he had worked hard as a longshoreman and later as a labor leader," Helen Delich Bentley, a former congresswoman and federal maritime commissioner, said yesterday.

"Workers in the port have lost a good friend," said Richard P. Hughes Jr., general vice-president of the I.L.A.'s Atlantic Coast District.

"He was an easy-going and giving guy and because he had worked on the docks, he was always looking for ways to improve the conditions for those who worked there. He was a loyal and trusting, a special friend who would always bring a smile to your face," Mr. Hughes said.

"He represented a youthful, bright and talented member of the I.L.A. His contributions to our union and its membership were vast and his memory will endure," said John Bowers, president of the International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO, from his New York office yesterday.

Mr. Martin and JoAnn Kotofski were married in 1975. At the time of his death, he resided on Webster Street in South Baltimore.

Mr. Martin also had coached the South Baltimore Cardinals and Little Orioles Little League teams.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church, Fort Avenue and Towson Street, Locust Point, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Martin is survived by two sons, Matthew C. Martin of Mussel Shoals, Ala., and Brian D. Martin of South Baltimore; and his father, Maurice C. Martin Sr.

Francis Henry Kaminski, 35, Baltimore native

Francis "Brooks" Henry Kaminski, a Baltimore native and Southern High School graduate, died Oct. 17 of cancer while living in Lady Lake, Fla. He was 35.

Mr. Kaminski was raised in the Curtis Bay community and graduated from Southern High School in 1980. He served in the Marines from 1980 to 1984 and upon his discharge was a heavy equipment operator.

He moved to Florida in 1990 and began a carpet cleaning business. Health problems forced him to retire in 1995.

A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church, 4710 Prudence St. in Curtis Bay.

He is survived by a son, Brooks Henry Kaminski of Wardensville, W.Va.; his father, Jacob Kaminski of Baltimore; two brothers, Jacob Kaminski Jr. and John Kaminski, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Rose Lagrew of Baltimore and Jackie Machovec of Pasadena; and his fiance, Evelyn McCarter of Lady Lake.

William R. Price Jr., 80, S&L attorney

William R. Price Jr., a Baltimore County native and longtime attorney, died Wednesday of Alzheimer's disease at Church Home Hospital. The Rodgers Forge resident was 80.

He practiced law in Baltimore from 1949 until 1957 and was a senior vice president and attorney for the Arlington Federal Savings and Loan Association from 1957 until 1969. He was director of Arlington Federal Savings and Loan from 1969 until he retired in 1979.

While at Arlington Federal, he was also president, director and an attorney for Progressive Building Association for 20 years.

Raised in Timonium, Mr. Price graduated from Towson High School in 1934 and Johns Hopkins University in 1938. He received an accounting certificate from Johns Hopkins in 1948 and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1948.

He served in the Army from 1941 to 1945 and in the reserves from 1945 to 1952.

Since 1928, he was a member of the Towson Presbyterian Church, Chesapeake and Highland Avenues in Towson, where services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today.

He married Shirley Ann Feldmann in 1943; she died in 1984. He married Virginia Everist Wakeman in 1988.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, William R. Price III of Seattle; a daughter, Ann M. Ice of Bel Air; two sisters, Margaret P. Schoolfield of Chestertown and Mary P. Maldeis of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Pub Date: 10/25/97

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