Charles Thomas Hird, 82, ironworker on Md. bridges

October 29, 2003

Charles Thomas Hird, a retired ironworker and guitar player, died of heart and kidney failure Saturday at Howard County General Hospital. The longtime Randallstown resident was 82.

Mr. Hird was born in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., and raised in Kearney, Neb. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps at the time of his 1942 enlistment in the Army Air Forces. He served as a B-17 crew chief stateside and attained the rank of staff sergeant.

He worked as an ironworker in upstate New York before moving to Baltimore in the early 1950s.

As a member of Ironworkers Local 16, he helped build the Key and Bay bridges. He also worked on Liberty Dam, and the United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. and World Trade Center buildings in the Inner Harbor. He retired in 1976.

An accomplished guitar player and songwriter, Mr. Hird enjoyed performing country-western music for nursing home residents. He also liked listening to and playing the music of Johnny Cash and Bill Monroe, family members said.

He was a member of Liberty Post of the American Legion, String Band of America, the Odd Fellows Lodge of Dundalk and Christopher Columbus Lodge of Sons of Italy.

Mr. Hird was a communicant of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 9522 Liberty Road in Randallstown, where a Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 9 a.m. today.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, the former Marie J. Mu; three sons, Dannie "Biff" Hird of Medina, N.Y., Robert Hird of Eldersburg and William "Bud" Hird of Hunt Valley; a daughter, Patricia Dillon of Westminster; a brother, Wesley Hird, and a sister, Lela Epley, both of Kearney; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His first wife, the former Antoinette Yancy, died in 1949.

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