William T. Gabrielson, 79, warehouseman, rail buff

February 08, 2003

William Taylor Gabrielson, a retired warehouseman and railroad buff, died of pneumonia Feb. 1 at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 79 and lived in Northeast Baltimore.

Mr. Gabrielson was born in Baltimore and raised on Fleet Street. He attended Patterson Park High School and enlisted in the Navy when he was 19.

He served in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945 aboard the USS Conway, a destroyer. He also witnessed the atomic bomb test on Bikini Atoll in 1946.

In 1950, he went to work as a warehouseman at Procter & Gamble's Locust Point plant. He retired in 1985.

Mr. Gabrielson enjoyed riding steam-powered trains and had a large library devoted to the subject. He also liked listening to big-band music, especially Benny Goodman, and traveling, family members said.

He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Messiah.

Services were held Wednesday.

Mr. Gabrielson is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Lillian Jerosimich; a son, Paul W. Gabrielson of Hillsborough, N.C.; and two granddaughters.

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