Frederick Schech

[ Age 88 ] Aircraft worker worked for 37 years without missing a day

December 04, 2006|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,sun reporter

Frederick W. Schech, a retired aircraft worker who prided himself on perfect job attendance for 37 years, died of heart disease Thursday at his daughter's Finksburg home. He was 88 and had lived in Belair-Edison for many years.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, he attended Sacred Heart of Jesus Parochial School and was a graduate of a city vocational school.

He took a job as a riveter at the Glenn L. Martin Co. and rose to become a supervisor at its Middle River plant. Family members said he worked 37 years without missing a day.

"When Cal Ripken made his record, it was nowhere near my father's record for consecutive days at work," said his son, F. Glenn Schech of Essex.

He then became a maintenance supervisor at the Clarence M. Mitchell Courthouse in Baltimore. He retired a second time in 1984.

Mr. Schech was an usher and later supervisor at the old Memorial Stadium for Oriole games from 1954 until 1970. He worked the third-base seats.

As a volunteer with the Edgemere Moose, where he was a past governor, he dressed as Santa and appeared at children's hospitals at Christmas for nearly 30 years. He also represented the Moose at conferences and attained the rank of pilgrim.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Clare's Roman Catholic Church, 714 Myrth Ave., Essex.

Survivors include another son, William Schech of Seaford, Del.; two daughters, Beverly Ann Distler of Ocean Pines and Dorothea Woolford of Finksburg; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. His wife of 66 years, the former Myrtle Reese, died in 2004.

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