Grado, Paul C.

March 27, 2007

On March 24, 2007, PAUL C. "Pops" GRADO. Born, raised and educated in Scranton, PA, came to Baltimore in June, 1941. Started to work at Glenn L. Martin Co., for 55 cents per hour. After 3 months, he became a leader and later a supervisor, then later he went to Martin Airport, where he became a crew chief. The planes he was crew chief on were PBM 5 models. The D models were the improved version of the British Canberra with a wider wing span used for high altitude flying. Due to the company going into research and development in the 1960's, thousands had to go and he happened to be one of them. He went to Headski Co. and worked 10 years. When Headski left to go to Colorado, due to union problems, he went to Koppers Co. and made corrugated box machinery. He stayed there 10 years before retiring. Of all the jobs he had, he enjoyed being a crew chief best. He couldn't wait to go to work he enjoyed it so much. He was a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus, Council 2521, Cardinal Gibbons Council. He was also a lifetime member of IAM and a member of St. Dominic's Church, where he assisted in some duties for 20 years. He loved his baseball, football and horse racing. He went to the Colts championship games in 1958 and 1959. He claimed his season ticket only cost $30, but they only saw 6 home games. He was also a member of the Retirees Club of Knights of Columbus. After the meeting and lunch, they played poker. He was proud of the royal flush he got in the year 2000, with 8 of the members playing. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Paul P. Grado, who died of Reyes Syndrome in 1975 and a son, Benny P. Grado, who was born a hemophiliac and died of heart failure in 1983. They were the saddest times of his life. His marriage ended in divorce. His friendship with Dorothy Bellich resulted in a partnership that has endured over 40 years. His daughter, Rosemary Grado West, never gave him any trouble. She lives in San Diego, CA. His grandchildren include, Kari Kruesi, of Annapolis, Roseann Boyles, of Parson, WV and Angie Callahan, of Rising Sun. He also has seven great-grandchildren. Friends may call the family owned Leonard J. Ruck, Inc. Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Rd (at Echodale), Monday and Tuesday 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Dominic Church, Wednes

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