Robert D. Gealy, 84, maintenance supervisor

October 06, 2004

Robert D. Gealy, a tool and die maker who had been a maintenance supervisor at the old News-American for nearly three decades, died of a stroke Sunday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 84 and a resident of Dundalk for half a century.

Mr. Gealy was born and raised in Franklin, Pa., where he graduated from high school. He moved to Baltimore in 1934 and began his apprenticeship as a tool and die maker at the old Balmar Co. in Woodberry.

During World War II, he served with the Army Air Forces in Guam as a machinist.

Mr. Gealy was maintenance supervisor at the old newspaper plant on South Street from 1955 until his retirement in 1982.

"He made sure that the presses ran efficiently," said his daughter, Leah F. Wilhelmsen of Timonium. "There wasn't anything he couldn't fix. If you had a problem, he'd analyze the situation, and if a part wasn't available, he'd make it."

Mr. Gealy enjoyed fishing and steaming and eating the crabs he caught off the dock of a family home in Easton.

He was a member of Patapsco Masonic Lodge 183, the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Connelly Funeral Home, 7110 Sollers Point Road.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Gealy is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Lillian Meadows; three sons, Robert D. Gealy Jr. of Wilmington, Del., Glenn Gealy of Fallston and Greg Gealy of White Hall; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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