Richard A. Amos, 83, in charge of Sun's delivery fleet

February 09, 2006

Richard Andrew Amos, a retired transportation superintendent for the Baltimore Sunpapers, died of cancer Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Parkville resident was 83.

Mr. Amos was born in Baltimore and raised on Broadway near Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was a 1940 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and served in the merchant marine as a third mate on the Liberty ship SS Joyce Kilmer in the Pacific during World War II.

He subsequently drove a delivery truck for Lord Baltimore Cleaners and a taxi before taking a job as a route supervisor in the newspaper company's circulation department in 1956. He became transportation superintendent, responsible for the company's fleet of delivery trucks, and retired in 1984.

He enjoyed gardening, photography and vacationing with his family in Ocean City, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the Outer Banks. He also liked collecting Lionel electric trains, which he set up each year at Christmas.

In 1984, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of driving across the continent. "They went from Baltimore to California and on to Canada, and he drove 10,000 miles in six weeks," said a daughter, Marjorie F. White of Parkville.

He was a communicant of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road.

Also surviving are his wife of 44 years, the former Betty Anne Cooke; four sons, Richard W. Amos, James E. Amos, Troy Michael Amos and Robert L. Amos; and five other daughters, Constance B. Stawski, Mary Catherine Murphy, Theresa C. Amos, Maureen C. Klawunder and Elizabeth Jane Amos, all of Parkville; a brother, Milton Edward Amos of Catonsville; a sister, Margie Rykoski of Pasadena; a stepbrother, Walter Poole Jr. of Merritt Island, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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