Gerard H. Bullock, 81, worker at shipyard

May 15, 2002

Gerard H. Bullock, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. shipyard worker, died Monday of emphysema at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Dundalk resident was 81.

Born and raised in Highlandtown, Mr. Bullock was a City College graduate. During World War II, he served with the Navy in the Pacific as a quartermaster.

He began work at Bethlehem's Sparrows Point shipyard in the 1940s, delivering construction materials to slipways where ships were being built. He retired in 1976.

"He was known as `Hawk' for being able to find and deliver anything that was needed," said a daughter, Ruth Coker of Dundalk.

An avid softball player as a younger man, Mr. Bullock had been a member of various Patterson Park teams. He also enjoyed attending Orioles games and, when his health began to fail, continued to follow the games on radio and TV.

He was married in 1940 to Alice Baldwin, who died in 1967.

Mr. Bullock was an active communicant of Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, at Foster Avenue and Conkling Street, where he was a member of the Sunshine Boys, an organization of parishioners who did maintenance work at the church. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at the church at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Mr. Bullock is also survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Marie Winterling; another daughter, Mary Jo Torba of Bel Air; a brother, Joseph Bullock of Owings Mills; and three grandchildren.

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