Robert Magardo, 48

Driver, outdoorsman

October 12, 2006

Robert Francis Magardo Jr., a dump truck driver and recovering alcoholic, died of cancer Friday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Havre de Grace resident was 48.

Mr. Magardo was born in Springfield, Mass., and moved with his family to Fallston in 1969. He graduated in 1976 from Bel Air High School, where he played varsity football.

For the last decade, Mr. Magardo worked for Geottner Construction Co., and earlier had been a driver for Crouse Construction Co.

Mr. Magardo had recently celebrated 15 years of sobriety.

"He was always encouraging others that they could achieve what he did, and it was one of the proudest achievements of his life," said his wife of six years, the former Loretta "Lori" Cole.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Magardo enjoyed hiking, fishing, camping and canoeing. He also was the owner of a firewood business.

"He was a fitness enthusiast, and you would often find him in the woods chopping down trees and splitting wood," said his stepmother, Maria Magardo of Fallston.

Mr. Magardo, who enjoyed helping others, was honored at a surprise birthday party and benefit in August that was attended by 500 relatives and friends.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, Laurel Brook and Reckord roads in Fallston.

Also surviving are a stepson, Jonathan Spencer of Delta, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Brittany Spencer of Havre de Grace; his father, Robert F. Magardo Sr. of Fallston; a brother, David Magardo of Fallston; a sister, JoAnne Webster of Hudson, Ohio; three stepbrothers, Barry Caudill of Timonium, Joel Caudill of Forest Hill and Jonathan Caudill of Joppatowne; a stepsister, Gena Krieger of Joppa; and a granddaughter.

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