Richard M. Catania Sr., 64, city police lieutenant

December 16, 1997

Richard M. Catania Sr., retired director of security for the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel and former Baltimore City police lieutenant, died of cancer Dec. 9 at his Linthicum home. He was 64.

He was director of security for the Sheraton from 1985 until he retired last year.

The former resident of Morrell Park in South Baltimore joined the Police Department in 1955 and retired in 1985. He received 16 official commendations during his career.

In 1965, he received a special commendation after he and another officer raced into a burning West Baltimore rowhouse and rescued three children.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Retired Police Officers Association.

A native of the Bronx, N.Y., he graduated from the New York School of Printing in 1951 and attended the Community College of Baltimore and Catonsville Community College. He served in the Navy from 1952 to 1954.

He enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family.

He was a communicant of St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church in Linthicum Heights.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Jeanette Pitkevits; a son, Richard "Rick" Catania Jr. of Pasadena; three daughters, Carol Smith of Millersville, Robin Weber of Lake George, N.Y., and Lori Kipke of Pasadena; his mother, Dorothy Catania of the Bronx; two brothers, Robert Catania of New York City and Thomas Catania of Bloomington, Minn.; and 12 grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/16/97

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