Donald H. Sparklin Sr., 77, phone company worker

April 28, 2006

Donald Hammond Sparklin Sr., a retired telephone company employee who was active in Scouting, died of cancer April 20 at his Woodlawn home. He was 77.

Born in Baltimore and raised on West Lombard Street, he attended city public schools and served in the Army in the 1950s.

He began working for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. in 1956 as a Teletype repairman and installer.

Assigned to a unit on Guilford Avenue, he repaired equipment at businesses including the city's newspapers.

For many years, he was a Cubmaster, a Scoutmaster and committee chairman for Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 756 in Woodlawn.

After his retirement in 1989, he developed an interest in his family's genealogy. He was an Orioles and Ravens fan, and watched and collected movies. He also read widely and enjoyed spending time in Ocean City.

His wife of 30 years, the former Anne C. Allen, who had been a nurse at Bon Secours Hospital, died in 1984.

A funeral Mass was offered Tuesday at St. Gabriel's Roman Catholic Church in Woodlawn, where he was a communicant and member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include four sons, Donald H. Sparklin Jr. of Riviera Beach, Timothy A. Sparklin of Catonsville, John B. Sparklin of Timonium and the Rev. Paul C. Sparklin of Middle River; a daughter, Julia Marie C. Sparklin of Woodlawn; two brothers, William C. Sparklin of Woodlawn and Robert Alan Wolfe Sr. of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Ruth Ann Witte of Woodlawn; and eight grandchildren.

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