William A. MacKnew, 77, contractor, veteran

August 06, 2002

William Arthur MacKnew, founder and president of a Baltimore home improvement company, died of liver failure Saturday at the Sunbury (Pa.) Community Hospital. The former Carney resident was 77.

A Baltimore native raised in the Remington neighborhood, Mr. MacKnew attended city public schools until the eighth grade, when he left to help support his family.

During World War II, he served with the Marines in China.

Mr. MacKnew worked as a chauffeur for George A. Bunting, the Baltimore pharmacist who invented Noxzema in 1914, and as a tractor-trailer driver before establishing the William A. MacKnew General Contracting Co. in 1957.

"Up and down Loch Raven Boulevard, he built rowhouse porches, dormers, additions and club basements," said Buny Reimers, a daughter who lives in Parkville.

Mr. MacKnew retired in 1990 and moved to Sunbury. An accomplished woodworker, he enjoyed making furniture in his basement workshop.

He was a former active member of Loch Raven United Methodist Church and Linden Heights United Methodist Church in Parkville.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Catawissa Avenue United Methodist Church in Sunbury.

Mr. MacKnew was married in 1943 to Doris Lee Baseman, who died in 1978. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, the former Jane Whitlock; three other daughters, Robin O'Hara of Manchester, and Linda Schleig and Wanda Sweitzer, both of Parkville; a sister, Virginia Chilcoat of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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