Charles F. Siford, 94, city police sergeant

April 09, 2003

Charles F. Siford, a retired Baltimore police sergeant, died of heart failure Saturday at Atria Assisted Living in Salisbury. The former Northwood resident was 94.

Born in Sparrows Point and raised on an eastern Baltimore County farm, he attended public schools.

He had been a route salesman for a laundry company before joining the Police Department in 1945. His first assignment was walking an Eastern District beat in Highlandtown. He won numerous commendations before being promoted to sergeant in 1956. He then headed a squad in the Northeastern District until his 1975 retirement.

As a young man, Mr. Siford won Police Athletic League awards for running track and was a soccer star with the Patterson Colonials in the Monumental Division of the East Baltimore League. He was an Orioles and Colts fan and had season tickets for many years.

His wife of 30 years, the former Christine Sims, died in 1962. In 1969, he married Virginia Schmidt, who died last year.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Survivors include two sons, Charles F. Siford Jr. of York, Pa., and Barry P. Siford of Sterling, Va.; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Rosemary Uhl, died in 1997.

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