Melvin R. Strawbridge, 74, electrician, Navy postman

April 19, 2002

Melvin R. Strawbridge, a retired electrician and former Parkville resident, died April 12 of leukemia at his home in Van Vleck, Texas. He was 74.

Born and raised in Northeast Baltimore near Clifton Park, Mr. Strawbridge was a graduate of Baltimore public schools. During World War II, he served in the Navy from 1944 to 1948 as a postman.

Until retiring in 1966, Mr. Strawbridge worked as an electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 28 in Baltimore. He later moved to New Hampshire, New Orleans and Las Vegas before moving to Van Vleck in the 1980s.

He was an avid fan of baseball and bowling.

Mr. Strawbridge was a former communicant of St. Ursula's Roman Catholic Church in Parkville.

A memorial Mass will be offered tomorrow at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Bay City, Texas.

Mr. Strawbridge is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Marylou Heckner; a son, Paul F. Strawbridge of Pelham, N.H.; a daughter, Janet Pikard of Van Vleck; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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