Reginald P. Fennell, 70, longtime postal worker

September 14, 2005

Reginald Payton Fennell, a retired postal worker who walked the same West Baltimore route for more than three decades, died of pulmonary thrombosis Sept. 7 at Sinai Hospital. The Gwynn Oak resident was 70.

Mr. Fennell was born in Baltimore and raised on Calhoun Street. After graduating from Douglass High School, he served in the Army for several years and began his postal career in 1957.

"He used to work out of the U.S. Post Office that was located at Druid Hill and North avenues, and his route included Druid Park Drive, Druid Hill Avenue, Mount Royal Avenue, Reservoir Street, Whitelock Street and Hendler Lane," said a niece, Iona Williams.

"As a letter carrier working in the same district for 33 years, I became friends with many families and saw their children grow into adulthood," Mr. Fennell wrote in a memoir. "I enjoyed working outside, experiencing God's miracles everyday."

He retired in 1990.

Mr. Fennell and his wife of 23 years, the former Eva Blackwell, were avid world travelers.

"We enjoyed cruising the high seas and exploring new vistas," he wrote. "Our last adventure was the best. We cruised around South America and visited the Antarctic and other places we had read about during earlier times."

Mr. Fennell was an active member of St. Philips Evangelical Lutheran Church, 501 N. Caroline St., where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Eric Fennell of Colton, Calif.; two brothers, Carl Hayes and Andrew Hayes, both of Chesterfield, Va.; and a sister, Margo Mullen of Baltimore. His daughter, Vanessa Fennell, died in 1995.

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