Harry R. Spurrier, 87

Bethlehem Steel worker

October 20, 2006

Harry Richard Spurrier Jr., a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. worker and Navy veteran, died of stroke complications Sunday at Laurelwood Care Center in Elkton. The former Essex resident was 87.

Mr. Spurrier was born in Baltimore and raised in the Hampden-Woodberry area. He attended city public schools and during the Depression worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Glen Rock, Pa.

A week after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Mr. Spurrier enlisted in the Navy. Serving on the USS Barnegat, a seaplane tender, as chief supply officer, he traveled during the war years to North Africa, England, Brazil and Iceland.

He left the Navy in 1945, but re-enlisted three years later and remained on active duty until 1951. He was a naval reservist for 26 years, and at his 1977 retirement had attained the rank of chief petty officer.

From 1953 until retiring in 1983, Mr. Spurrier was a blast furnace operator at Sparrows Point.

Mr. Spurrier volunteered with the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks and was an active member of the Victory Villa Senior Center. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Masons' Pickering Lodge No. 146.

For years, Mr. Spurrier enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay aboard his 28-foot sailboat Perry Carla.

His wife of 21 years, the former Ethel Bevens, died in 1998.

Surviving are two daughters, Sherry A. Shiroky of Bel Air and Donna Lee Spurrier of Eau Claire, Wis.; a brother, Grant Spurrier of Ocean City; a sister, Colleen Davis of Towson; a stepson, Howard Hessie of Joppatowne; two stepdaughters, Sonja Boyce of Ellicott City and Diane Brady of Westminster, Colo.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. An earlier marriage to Gloria Jean Markel ended in divorce.

Services were held yesterday.

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