William T. Roberson, a former Westinghouse employee who enjoyed gardening, died of kidney failure Feb. 26 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 89.
Born and raised in East Baltimore, Mr. Roberson dropped out of City College at 16 to help support his family, working with the Canton Railroad Co. and clothing manufacturers. He attended night classes to earn his high school diploma.
During World War II, Mr. Roberson joined the merchant marine, ferrying oil between New York and the Caribbean.
After managing traffic for two canning companies in Canton, Mr. Roberson worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Hillendale. He retired after 18 years with the company.
Mr. Roberson met his wife, the former Martha Berge, in their youth at Martin Luther Lutheran Church on Patterson Park Avenue. They had been married for 62 years when she died last year.
The Robersons spent 31 years on a farm in Hydes after raising children in Govans. In retirement, they devoted their summers to tending their large vegetable garden, traveling and refinishing furniture. They moved to Lutherville to be near their daughter, Phyllis R. Schott, in 2001.
Services were held Thursday.
Survivors also include two sons, William T. Roberson Jr. of Monkton and Kenneth P. Roberson of Jarrettsville; and five grandchildren.