Robert Milton Frew Sr., 80, plant superintendent

December 02, 2005

Robert Milton Frew Sr., a retired wire products plant superintendent and a decorated World War II combat veteran, died of cancer Wednesday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 80.

The last survivor of his parents' 15 children, he was born and educated in Monessen, Pa. He enlisted in the Army and landed at Normandy six days after the June 6, 1944, Allied invasion. A field artillery man, he was wounded in the leg by shrapnel during an attack in northern France. He received the Purple Heart.

After recuperating in Nice, France, Mr. Frew returned to combat. Five of his brothers also served in the war and returned home safely.

After the war Mr. Frew worked for Pittsburgh Steel Co. in Monessen and Forbes Steel Co. in Canonsburg, Pa.

In 1947 he married his high school sweetheart, Rosette G. Faust, who survives him.

He moved to Baltimore in 1959 to work at National Wire Products Inc. on North Point Road. In 1992 he retired as the plant's superintendent.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 183, the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

At age 55 he earned his air pilot license and bought a Piper Cherokee, which he used to visit family members in Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

He also enjoyed yard work and home maintenance - family members said he maintained his lawn and home meticulously. He also spent time at a second home at Deep Creek Lake.

"He very often said that he was the richest man in the world because of his deep appreciation and love for his immediate and extended family," said his son, Ronald A. Frew of Baldwin. "Money was not the thing that made him wealthy."

A memorial service will be held at noon tomorrow at Johnson Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd.

In addition to his wife and son, survivors include another son, Robert M. Frew Jr. of Lorton, Va.; a daughter, Kathleen Peck of Perry Hall; and seven grandchildren.

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