William L. O'Neill, 79, estimator William L. O'Neill, a...

March 22, 2001

William L. O'Neill, 79, estimator

William L. O'Neill, a retired Martin Marietta Corp. estimator and former Northeast Baltimore resident, died Sunday of Alzheimer's disease at an Orlando, Fla., retirement community. He was 79.

Mr. O'Neill began his career in 1945 as an estimator at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River. In 1971, he was transferred to the company's Orlando plant. He retired in 1985.

Born in East Baltimore, he was a graduate of Patterson Park High School.

During World War II, he was an infantryman in Europe.

In 1948, he married Cecilia Pauline Gosnell, who survives him.

He had been a communicant of Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Highlandtown and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 2112.

He was an avid lifelong soccer fan. He also collected beer cans and was a member of the Beer Can Collectors of America.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. O'Neill is survived by a son, David O'Neill of Plantation, Fla.; three daughters, Linda Norris of Burleson, Texas, and Kathy Johnson and Karen Keeler, both of Orlando; a brother, Lawrence O'Neill of Middletown, N.J.; a sister, Lucretia Hart of Highlandtown; and seven grandchildren.

Leroy A. Wade Sr., 84, Bethlehem Steel foreman

Leroy A. Wade Sr., a retired shipyard foreman and mechanic at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Key Highway shipyard, died Saturday of respiratory failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was 84.

Mr. Wade, who was known as Roy, worked at the shipyard for 35 years until retiring in 1974 as a foreman in the paint and labor department.

For many years, until he sold the business in the late 1950s, Mr. Wade owned B&R Automotive Garage on Henry Street in southern Baltimore, where he repaired automobiles.

Born and raised in East Baltimore, he attended city public schools. In 1935, he married Virginia Hadel, who died in 1972. Later that year, he married Florence Franklin, who died in 1991.

In the early 1950s, he lived in Cape St. Claire, where he built his home. He later returned to East Baltimore, where he resided at his death.

Mr. Wade was a member of the Boumi Temple, the Masons and Moose Lodge No. 7 in Essex.

Services were held yesterday.

Survivors include a son, Leroy A. Wade Jr. of Cape St. Claire; two daughters, Kay Reid of Stevensville and Bobbie Kettering of Cordova; a sister, Eleanor Adams Caulk of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

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