Paul C. Stravros Sr., 62, bus mechanic with MTA Paul C...

October 19, 2001

Paul C. Stravros Sr., 62, bus mechanic with MTA

Paul C. Stravros Sr., a retired bus mechanic and former streetcar motorman, died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer at his Gardenville home. He was 62.

Mr. Stavros retired from the Mass Transit Administration's Eastern Avenue garage last year, having started working for its Baltimore Transit Co. predecessor in 1962. He operated streetcars on the No. 15 Belair Road line, before the service was ended in 1963. He drove buses from MTA's old Montebello barn before becoming a mechanic in the 1970s.

The Towson native was raised in Rodgers Forge, attended Towson High School and served in the Marine Corps.

He maintained a large flower and vegetable garden and volunteered for the annual Christmas tree sale held at old Memorial Stadium from the 1970s through the 1990s, raising money for the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland. He was a member of the Rosedale American Legion post.

Services will be held at 8 o'clock tonight at Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, the former Maxine Terpening; three sons, Paul C. Stavros Jr. of Bel Air and Michael Stavros and John Stavros, both of Baltimore; two daughters, Lynda Steckfus and Sandra Paff, both of Baltimore; 15 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Clement R. Wydra, 79, accountant, Scout leader

Clement R. Wydra, a retired accountant and Boy Scout official, died Tuesday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 79 and lived in Parkville.

He retired in 1988 from Allied Signal Corp., formerly Allied Chemical, after 43 years as an accountant at its Fells Point plant. He helped organize an annual crab feast for retired employees.

He was active for 37 years in Parkville Boy Scout Troop 475. Mr. Wydra held the titles of assistant scoutmaster, scoutmaster, quartermaster and district commissioner, and was a volunteer in Scout fund-raising efforts at city stadiums.

He hiked the Appalachian Trail in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and camped at the National Scout Ranch at Philmont, N.M.

Born in Mount Carmel, Pa., he studied accounting at the University of Baltimore.

He was an Army quartermaster during World War II, serving in France and Germany.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road, where he was an usher.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Dorothy M. Samluk; a son, Philip A. Wydra of Abingdon; a daughter, Chris Wydra of Las Cruces, N.M.; two brothers, Chester Wydra of Sunbury, Pa., and Charles Wydra of Telford, Pa.; and two grandsons.

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