Kenneth G. Fosler, 76, C&P supervisor, volunteer

April 01, 2004

Kenneth G. Fosler, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. supervisor and longtime volunteer, died of lung cancer Saturday at his Hamilton home. He was 76.

Mr. Fosler was born in Baltimore and raised near Patterson Park. He was a graduate of Patterson High School and served in the Navy aboard the cruiser USS Albany from 1946 to 1948.

In 1951, he began his C&P career as a lineman. He became supervisor of a crew, family members said. He took early retirement in 1986 to care for a son, Christopher Fosler, who had cancer and died the next year.

Since 1959, Mr. Fosler had lived on Fair Oaks Avenue in Hamilton, where he was an active volunteer at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church.

"To his family, friends and neighbors, Ken was someone they could always depend on, no matter what the problem," said a son, Mark S. Fosler, chairman of the Baltimore liquor board.

"If someone were to undergo surgery, he would be there to donate blood. If a rainstorm flooded a neighbor's basement, he arrived with a pump or a wet vac. When St. Thomas More Church or a charity needed someone to knock on doors for donations, Ken volunteered," his son said.

"No matter what the task or the time of day, he was ready to help. He encouraged his children by example to be active in the community. It was his belief that we must all contribute to the betterment of our society."

He was interested in local African-American history and worked with a friend identifying important sites.

A watercolorist, he enjoyed painting seascapes.

In accordance with his wishes, his ashes are to be scattered at sea.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Leo Roman Catholic Church, Stiles and Exeter streets in Little Italy.

In addition to his son, Mr. Fosler is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Carmela Rao; a daughter, Patricia C. Dressel of White Marsh; two brothers, Joseph L. Fosler of Pasadena and Robert Fosler of Ocala, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

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