Lucy Haw, 83, avid Colts fan, loved to hear team's fight song

July 26, 1999|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

Throughout her life, Lucy Haw loved the Colts. And tomorrow, when she's laid to rest, the Colts Marching Band fight song will be playing.

"I think she'd really like that," said her son John Haw, of Cary, N.C. The family hopes to have the song, the rallying cry for Colts fans for decades, played at the graveside service by members of the Baltimore Ravens Marching Band.

Mrs. Haw, whose prized possession was a signed copy of Johnny Unitas' autobiography "Pro Quarterback," died of a brain tumor Friday at Ridgeway Manor Nursing Home in Catonsville. She was 83.

Family members recalled that Mrs. Haw became an avid Colts fan after moving with her husband, Albert S. Haw, to the Catonsville area from Washington after World War II. She attended many games and watched countless others on television.

When the Colts left town in 1984, she wrote a letter to her son expressing her regret: "Has been a sad week here -- I'm in mourning -- hope you are well by now."

"Her favorite player was Tom Matte and she loved Jimmy Orr's Southern accent," said Mary Ellen "Mimi" Dietrich of Catonsville, a daughter.

Mrs. Haw kept Colts pennants in the family recreation room in the basement and considered the fight song her favorite tune. She loved to hear it played by the Colts Marching Band when the band appeared each year in the Catonsville Fourth of July Parade.

The song was such a favorite that it was played, in her honor, at her son John's wedding in 1992 in Charlotte, N.C. "That was pretty tough to find someone in North Carolina who could play that song," Mrs. Dietrich said.

Mrs. Haw was born and raised near Ripley, Miss., and moved to Washington during World War II to work for her uncle, a lawyer.

It was there Lucy Harrison met Mr. Haw, who was serving in the Army and was based in the Washington area at the time. They married in 1944.

Mr. Haw died in 1989.

Mrs. Haw was a member of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville. She collected teacups, enjoyed flower arranging and embroidering pictures and quilts.

She was known for writing eloquent letters to friends in other states and visiting with friends.

Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mark Church, 27 Melvin Ave.

She is survived by another son, Thomas Haw of Portland, Ore.; and five grandsons and one granddaughter.

Pub Date: 7/26/99

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