William V. Markiewicz, 70, chemical company manager

December 15, 2003

William V. Markiewicz, a former minor-league baseball player and retired chemical company manager, died of cancer Dec. 8 at his home in Cleveland, Tenn. He was 70.

Mr. Markiewicz was born and raised in Canton and was a 1950 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School. After high school, he played baseball for two years in the St. Louis Cardinal's farm system before being drafted into the Army.

During his Army service, he married Maryanne Arthur, a Baltimore native, in 1953. Upon his honorable discharge, Mr. Markiewicz attended the University of Maryland, College Park and graduated in 1960.

He joined Olin-Mathieson Corp., which is now Olin Corp., and worked at its downtown Baltimore office before accepting an assignment at a new chemical plant in Cleveland, Tenn.

It was supposed to be a temporary two-year assignment, but Mr. Markiewicz stayed more than 30 years, said his son, Bruce F. Markiewicz of Ellicott City. With his wife, he continued visiting friends and family in the Baltimore area over the years, staying at an apartment they owned in Charles Village.

In Tennessee, Mr. Markiewicz was active in the Knights of Columbus, where he was past Grand Knight and past district deputy. He also served as an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America and was active in the St. Therese of Lisieux Roman Catholic Church in Cleveland, serving on the parish council, singing with the choir and helping with a major expansion, his son said.

Services were Thursday.

In addition to his wife and son Bruce, Mr. Markiewicz is survived by two other sons, William J. Markiewicz of Cleveland, Tenn., and Stephen A. Markiewicz of LaGrange, Ga.; two daughters, Michael "Mimi" Markiewicz of Birmingham, Ala., and Peggy Borders of Cleveland, Tenn.; a brother, Ted Markiewicz of Ocean Pines; a sister, Ronnie Brogan of Ocean Pines; and 11 grandchildren.

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