Richard Paul Weekly, 82, carpenter, foreman

April 06, 2003

Richard Paul Weekly, a retired carpenter and construction foreman, died of respiratory failure Thursday at Maryland General Hospital. He was 82 and lived in Catonsville.

Mr. Weekly was born in Grafton, W.Va., and moved to Baltimore as a youth. He was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

He enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1942 and served as a flight engineer with a squad that delivered warplanes to Europe and the Pacific theaters of operation. He was discharged in 1946.

After returning to Baltimore, he resumed his trade as a carpenter. For more than 20 years, he worked as a construction foreman or supervisor for Cogswell Construction Co.

He was associated with many projects, including the conversion of Mount Royal Station into classrooms and galleries for the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the remodeling of Hamburger's department store, the Walters Art Museum, the Bromo Seltzer Tower and Western Electric Corp.'s Point Breeze plant.

He retired in the early 1980s, and was a 62-year member of Carpenter's Local 101.

Mr. Weekly enjoyed working on home-improvement projects and helping his neighbors.

"They were always asking, `Can you take a look at this door? There's something wrong with my storm window.' Several hours later he'd have the job finished," said Kermit L. Updegrove, his son-in-law, who lives in Bel Air.

In 1946, Mr. Weekly married Mae Elizabeth Hughes, who died in 1997.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave.

He is survived by his daughter, Linda M. Updegrove of Bel Air, and two grandchildren.

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