Ralph C. Celia Jr., 83, C&P Telephone supervisor

April 15, 2003

Ralph C. Celia Jr., a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of Maryland supervisor and former Towson resident, died Thursday of hepatitis C at a hospice in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 83.

Mr. Celia was born in Baltimore and raised in Severn. He was a 1937 graduate of Glen Burnie High School and enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1941. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of sergeant, but remained active in the Air Force Reserve and retired in 1980 with the rank of major.

Mr. Celia was a 50-year member and former secretary of the Reserve Officers Association of Maryland.

He began working for C&P in 1946 and retired in 1980 as supervisor of the company's downtown plant department, which handled repair work.

For many years, he also worked part time in the circulation department of the old News American.

A longtime resident of Aigburth Avenue in Towson, he moved to Boca Raton in 1980.

Plans for his burial at sea were incomplete yesterday.

Mr. Celia is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Retha Crabtree; a daughter, Linda C. Garcia of Boca Raton; and a granddaughter. A marriage to the former Anna Quandt ended in divorce.

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