William F. Geritz Jr., 75, steelworker, Mr. Maryland

December 12, 2003

William Frederick Geritz Jr., a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. employee and former Mr. Maryland, died of cancer Dec. 5 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 75 and had recently moved to Towson after living in Govans for many years.

Born in Morton, Pa., and raised in Baltimore's Curtis Bay section, he attended city public schools.

From 1955 to 1995, he worked for Bethlehem Steel at Sparrows Point, retiring as a crane millwright.

Mr. Geritz had a home gymnasium and worked out daily. In 1955, he was named Mr. Maryland at a competition held at the downtown YMCA.

He also restored classic Triumph and Jaguar sports cars and raised orchids and other tropical plants. He was formerly a Towson Recreation Council and Lutherville-Timonium Little League coach. He also enjoyed ballroom dancing.

A funeral Mass was offered Tuesday at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Govans.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, the former Patricia D. Lilly; two sons, Rick Geritz of Columbia and Patrick Geritz of Baltimore; a daughter, Jocelyn Held of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

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