Robert B. Sheriff Sr., 84, construction supervisor

November 10, 2003

Robert B. Sheriff Sr., a former security consultant and construction supervisor, died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. The longtime Maryland resident, who had moved to San Antonio last year, was 84.

Mr. Sheriff was born in Jersey Shore, Pa. After graduating from Jersey Shore High School, he went to work for Piper Aircraft Corp. in Lock Haven, Pa., where he and his brother Fred helped create an airplane starter that enabled ignition without cranking or batteries.

He married his high school sweetheart, Betty L. McCracken, in 1940 and moved to Maryland. They settled in Rosedale, and Mr. Sheriff started working at the Glenn L. Martin Co. aircraft plant.

Mr. Sheriff rose through the ranks for 23 years, becoming a construction supervisor.

He spent the next 10 years as a private contractor before joining Westinghouse Corp., where he served as a consultant on Navy contracts dealing with surveillance equipment for submarines and aircraft. He retired in 1984.

He and his wife moved in 1989 to Kent Island and then to San Antonio, where they joined their son Robert B. Sheriff Jr. His father was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing and hunting and enjoyed visiting the family farm in Jersey Shore, his son said.

Services were held Saturday.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by sons William E. Sheriff of Baton Rouge, La., and Richard L. Sheriff of Key West, Fla.; a brother, Fred Sheriff of Williamsport, Pa.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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