Bernard A. Carpenter, 87

Plumbers' union training director

February 15, 2007

Bernard A. Carpenter Sr., retired training director of the plumbers' union school, died of pneumonia Saturday at the Candle Light Cove assisted-living facility in Easton. The former Pikesville resident was 87.

Born in Norristown, N.J., and raised in Woodlawn, he was a 1938 graduate of Catonsville High School. He attended the Johns Hopkins University's old McCoy College evening school.

During World War II, Mr. Carpenter was a flight instructor for the Army Air Forces. During the Korean War, he flew bombing missions and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.

He then became training director for the Plumbers and Steamfitters Training School, Local 438, in East Baltimore. In the 1960s, he was appointed by then-Gov. Spiro T. Agnew to the Maryland Apprentice and Training Council, where he became chairman.

A member of Masonic organizations, Mr. Carpenter built his own homes and flew aircraft on weekends. He was also a skier.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

Survivors include a son, Bernard A. Carpenter Jr. of Annapolis; a daughter, Sharon "Shazz" Lewis of Easton; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. His wife of 42 years, the former Dorothy Talbert, died in 1982.

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