Aldo Brigide, 81, food sales manager

August 01, 2006

Aldo P. Brigide, a retired wholesale foods sales manager and World War II veteran, died of circulatory surgical complications Saturday at St. Agnes Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 81.

Born in DuBois, Pa., he was drafted into the Army shortly after his high school graduation and sailed to England aboard the SS Scythia, a British-flag Cunard passenger liner that had been converted to troop-carrying service during World War II. Part of an anti-aircraft unit, he helped defend the south coast of England near Dover from German flying bombs.

He was decorated for fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and in the Rhineland and central Germany campaigns, and helped take Aachen, a heavily defended German city.

Family members said Mr. Brigide attended a Christmas midnight Mass in a cave in Vise, Belgium, during the war. He signed his name on the wall and found it 50 years later while attending a reunion.

After the war, Mr. Brigide returned to DuBois and worked at Jackson China Co. and Rockwell Manufacturing Co. Through the 1950s, he was on the sales force at H.J. Heinz Co.

He moved to Washington in 1963 and later to Howard County. He was a wholesale foods salesman and manager with Institutional Food Co., Monarch, Mazo-Lerch and Sysco until retiring about 10 years ago.

He was a member of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 3775 St. Paul Street, Ellicott City, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Patricia Farrall Ralston; a son, Robert P. Brigide of Cottonwood, Ariz.; two daughters, Susan Ceresini of Frederick and Lynne Peters of Catonsville; two stepsons, Jim Ralston and Tom Ralston, both of Catonsville; two stepdaughters, Patricia Ralston and Jane Ralston, both of Columbia; a sister, Eva Kerr of DuBois; seven grandchildren; and two great granddaughters. His wife of 40 years, the former Eileen Salada, died in 1988.

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