William B. Waddey, 85, railroad material handler

February 28, 2003

William B. Waddey, 85, railroad material handler

William B. Waddey, a retired material handler said to have never missed a day of work during his 38-year career with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, died of cancer Tuesday at Golden Crest Geriatric Care Center in Hampstead. He was 85 and a former 50-year resident of Catonsville.

Mr. Waddey was born in Northumberland County, Va., and raised in West Baltimore. He attended city public schools.

He began working at the B&O's Mount Clare shops in 1941, and a year later enlisted in the Army. He served in the European theater as an artillery mechanic in an ordnance company. After the war, he returned to Mount Clare and worked in the railroad's stores department as a material handler until retiring in 1979.

"He never owned or drove a car, and went to work on the streetcar and later the bus. And he never missed a day's work during his years with the B&O," said a stepdaughter, Eileen M. King of Finksburg.

While working for the railroad, he met Mildred Trimper, a co-worker, whom he married in 1948. She died in 1985.

Mr. Waddey enjoyed walking, playing pinochle and reading newspapers. He was also a fan of 1930s and 1940s movies.

He was a member of Brantly Baptist Church, which meets in the West Chapel of Unity in Christ Church, 5001 Edmondson Ave., and where a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. March 9.

Mr. Waddey also is survived by a stepson, Herbert D. King of Ellicott City; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

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