William Berkey, 81, cemetery overseer

May 30, 2006

William David "Bill" Berkey Sr., a cemetery superintendent and active member of the Oldtimers Baseball Association of Maryland, died of prostate cancer May 23 at Mercy Medical Center. He was 81.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Berkey worked as a young man for Atlantic Broom Co. and the Crown Cork and Seal Co. He lived for most of his life in the Highlandtown area.

In 1961, he became superintendent of Oheb Shalom Cemetery in East Baltimore and Oheb Shalom Memorial Park of Temple Oheb Shalom Congregation, a job he held until his death.

Mr. Berkey joined the Oldtimers Baseball Association of Maryland in 1961 and had been the chairman of its board of governors for more than a decade. He also served as its president in 1976 and was named Man of the Year in the late 1970s.

Mr. Berkey was an active member of the Santa Maria Knights of Columbus and of Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Graceland Park near Dundalk. In his younger years, Mr. Berkey was active with the Highlandtown Exchange Club.

A funeral Mass was offered yesterday at his church in Graceland Park.

Mr. Berkey is survived by two sons, William D. Berkey Jr. of Baltimore and David C. Berkey of Okeana, Ohio; and three grandchildren. His wife of 46 years, the former Margaret Mary Stewart, died in 1992.

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