George Addicks, 85

Mechanic, motorcyclist

December 07, 2006

George W. Addicks, a retired railroad mechanic who was a drag-racing and motorcycle enthusiast, died of heart failure Sunday at Laurelwood Care Center in Elkton. The Joppa resident was 85.

Mr. Addicks was born and raised in Highlandtown and attended Baltimore public schools. During World War II, he was a Navy gunner on patrol bombers.

He worked as a diesel locomotive mechanic for the Patapsco & Back River Railroad Co., a Bethlehem Steel subsidiary, for 41 years until retiring in 1987.

He managed Capital Raceway in Gambrills from 1962 to 1980 and the old York U.S. 30 Dragway near York, Pa., from 1966 to 1969.

He was still riding Honda motorcycles, and had taken road trips to Canada and the South.

He outlived two wives - the former Hazel Sparrow, who died in 1958 after 13 years of marriage, and the former Clara F. Kearney, who died in 1987 after 12 years of marriage. Three other marriages ended in divorce.

Services were yesterday.

Surviving are two sons, Wayne T. Addicks of Joppa and Jerry L. Addicks of Bel Air; three daughters, Sherrie L. Simpson of Prospect Park, Pa., Suzette L. Butler of Lincoln, Pa., and Joyce Heller of Bracey, Va.; two brothers, Ronald Addicks of Rosedale and Robert Addicks of Baltimore; a sister, Shirley Evans of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren. Another daughter, Loretta Shuff, died in 2003.

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