Richard J. Renehan Sr., 74, port longshoreman

January 26, 2004

Richard Joseph Renehan Sr., a retired longshoreman who worked for 40 years at the port of Baltimore, died Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium after a yearlong battle with kidney and liver cancer. He was 74 and had lived in Catonsville for 39 years.

Born and raised in Irvington, Mr. Renehan attended St. Joseph's Monastery and Mount St. Joseph High School before graduating from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School.

He was a tank driver in the Army from 1951 to 1953 and was stationed in Germany. He was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal. He was a member of the American Legion.

Mr. Renehan worked briefly for American Export Lines before joining International Longshoremen's Association Local 953. He began as a ship runner and was promoted to chief clerk, handling the shipping and receiving of the material on cargo ships. He retired in 1994.

An avid golfer, Mr. Renehan began caddying in 1945 at Rolling Road County Club. In 1969, he joined the club, where he once played golf for 52 days straight. Over the years, he recorded three holes-in-one.

"He really tried to encourage junior golfers," said his son-in-law Dan Cahill of Lutherville, "because it made such a difference in his life.

"He was simply one of the greatest guys to be around. Even after he got sick, he kept his faith and always had a smile for you."

Mr. Renehan was a communicant for 38 years at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville, where a Mass of Christian burial is to be celebrated at 10 a.m. today.

In 1954, he married Ora Ida Vickers, who survives him. Other survivors include a son, Richard J. Renehan Jr. of Abingdon; five daughters, Barbara Kusterer of Elkridge, Susan Renehan of Dagsboro, Del., Karen McDunn of Pittsburgh, Peggy Gower of Millersville and Melissa Cahill of Lutherville; a brother, Albert Renehan of Baltimore; three sisters, Patricia Jones of Baltimore, Peggy Renehan of Catonsville and Mary Jane Renehan of Albuquerque, N.M.; and 12 grandchildren.

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