Joe P. `Trailways Joe' Gaddy, 70

Longtime bus driver, fisherman

October 24, 2006

Joe P. "Trailways Joe" Gaddy, a longtime bus driver and fisherman, died of cancer Friday at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. He was 70 and lived in Baltimore Highlands.

Mr. Gaddy was born and raised in Marshville, N.C., and served in the Army in Germany as a personnel specialist from 1958 to 1960. He earned both sharpshooter and marksman's medals.

Mr. Gaddy began driving for Trailways bus company in 1962 and retired in 2002. For the past several years and up until 2 1/2 weeks ago, he drove chartered buses for Huber's Bus Service.

"He drove two million accident-free miles during his career with Trailways, and his major route was from Baltimore to Ocean City and back. He went to Ocean City every single day for years," said his daughter, Julie A. Kraus of Arbutus. "He had an outgoing personality and a wonderful sense of humor."

Mr. Gaddy enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing, and vacationing in Ocean City and the Great Smoky Mountains. He was also a gun collector and a member of the National Rifle Association.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave., S.W., in Glen Burnie.

Also surviving are his wife of 43 years, the former Kay A. Rabickow; a son, Joseph Scott Gaddy of Baltimore; a brother, Ben Gaddy of Menomonie, Wis.; a sister, Lucy Gaye of Charlotte, N.C.; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. A stepson, Jeffrey Teal, died in 1996.

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