Joseph Burrell, 73, welder at shipyard

August 04, 2005

Joseph Burrell, a retired welder who enjoyed entertaining family and friends, died Monday at Bon Secours Hospital of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 73 and a longtime resident of Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood.

Mr. Burrell was born and raised in Baltimore. He cut short his public school education to help support his family.

He worked for 30 years as a welder at the old Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. in Fairfield. He retired in the late 1980s.

Always well-tailored and seldom without a snappy hat, Mr. Burrell cut quite the sartorial figure, family members said.

"He loved cooking for family and friends, and for a bachelor, he was an excellent cook," said a niece, Janet M. Rice-Washington, who favored her uncle's salmon cakes and collard greens.

Mr. Burrell was a member of Club 909 on Calhoun Street and had enjoyed weekend trips to New York.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the March East Funeral Home, 1101 E. North Ave.

Also surviving are 11 other nieces and five nephews.

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