Donald David Darrah Sr., 81, mechanic, veteran

October 05, 2005

Donald David Darrah Sr., a retired mechanic and volunteer, died of vascular disease Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Timonium resident was 81.

Mr. Darrah was born in Baltimore and raised on Cottage Avenue. He attended Forest Park High School and graduated in 1933 from Franklin Day School at the old downtown YMCA.

During the 1930s, Mr. Darrah sold coal and wood ranges and later was an expediter for Bartlett-Hayward Co. before joining the Navy in 1942. He served in the Pacific as chief petty officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Santee.

FOR THE RECORD - Donald David Darrah Sr. -- An obituary published in Wednesday's edition of The Sun for Donald David Darrah Sr. misstated his age. He was 91. The Sun regrets the error.

After the war, he worked for two years as a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. machinist.

In 1947, he became a co-owner of Darrah & Hampson, an Erdman Avenue Crown gas station. After selling the business in 1961, he was employed as a mechanic by Burke-Savage Tire Co. until retiring in 1981.

Mr. Darrah volunteered with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, the Towson Library and the Baltimore County Historical Society. He was a member of the St. Andrew's Society.

He enjoyed researching old cemeteries and investigating ghost sightings. Every year, he set up a Christmas garden with HO-gauge model trains.

Services are private.

Mr. Darrah is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Nancy Bevan Kimberly; two sons, Donald D. Darrah Jr. of Lansdale, Pa., and Richard L. Darrah of Fruitland; a daughter, Katharine D. Craig of Timonium; and four grandchildren.

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