William R. Filbert Sr., 80, accountant and athlete

August 14, 2004

William Russell Filbert Sr., a retired auditor and former athlete, died of a heart attack Wednesday at Sinai Hospital after being involved in a traffic accident the day before near his Cockeysville home. He was 80.

Born in Baltimore and raised on North Curley Street, he was a 1942 graduate of Calvert Hall High School, where he played baseball, soccer and football. He was elected captain of the baseball and soccer teams in his senior year and was named All Maryland by local sportswriters.

He served in the Army during World War II and was later in the Coast Guard Reserve.

Mr. Filbert was an accountant at Highlandtown's old Crown, Cork and Seal plant for 17 years before joining the U.S. Defense Contract Audit Agency in 1961. The Federal Executive Board named him an "outstanding supervisor" in 1983. He retired in 1988.

He was a member of the Association of Government Accountants and the National Association of Federal Employees.

He played first base for the Crown, Cork and Seal softball team, which took the Eastern States Industrial titles in 1948 and 1949. He signed a contract with a minor league Pittsburgh Pirates organization, but a knee injury prevented his playing.

He also played soccer with Santa Maria and the Knights of Columbus teams, as well as for an East Baltimore-based professional team known as Pompeii.

Mr. Filbert was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville, where funeral arrangements were incomplete yesterday.

Survivors include his wife of more than 50 years, the former Bettemae Vaeth; two sons, William R. Filbert Jr. of Baltimore and Thomas F. Filbert of Easton; a daughter, DeSales Clemons of Timonium; a brother, Alvin Filbert of Baltimore; a sister, Lillian Bartholomay of Cockeysville; and three grandsons.

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