Raymond B. Opher Sr., 86, Westinghouse wire tester

September 16, 2004

Raymond Burdell Opher Sr., a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. wire tester and active church member, died in his sleep Friday at Mariner Health of Catonsville. He was 86, and had been receiving treatment for pneumonia.

Mr. Opher was born and raised in Cambridge and attended Dorchester County public schools until leaving to help support his family.

He worked as a wire tester at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River before joining the Westinghouse facility in Linthicum in 1962. He retired in 1982.

Mr. Opher had lived in Edmondson Village since the early 1960s. He was a member for more than 50 years of Hemingway Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he sang in the choir and had been a member of the steward board.

"He had a mild-mannered, gentle and loving spirit and was adored by all who crossed his path. He loved his family and his church," said a daughter, Carolyn O. Blakeney of Baltimore.

Mr. Opher also was an avid Orioles fan.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at his church, 2701 Woodview Road, Cherry Hill.

Mr. Opher also is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Emma Ruth Hill; a son, Raymond B. Opher Jr. of Baltimore; two other daughters, Delores A. Meadow of Landover and Bernadette Clark of Baltimore; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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