Gordon Eldridge, 68

MTA bus driver

March 29, 2007

Gordon Sylvester Eldridge Sr., a retired bus driver and Little League coach, died of an embolism Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Glen Burnie resident was 68.

Born in Severn, he was a 1957 graduate of the Wiley H. Bates High School in Annapolis. As a young man, he pitched on a local baseball team, the Red Caps, and later coached in the Freetown Little League.

He worked briefly at the Nevamar plastic laminate company in Odenton before joining the Air Force. He then became a bus driver on the Maryland Transit Administration's No. 5 and 23 lines. Before retiring in 1995, he drove Mobility vans.

Mr. Eldridge, who also enjoyed carpentry, owned a home-improvement business.

He also belonged to the Red Caps Social Club, whose members had played baseball and now give scholarships and assist at funerals.

Mr. Eldridge was a member and trustee of the Elkridge Christian Community Church, where he was the church carpenter and sang in the choir.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 1440 Dorsey Road in Hanover.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 48 years, the former Elaine Bouyer; two sons, Gordon Sylvester Eldridge Jr. and Maurice Eldridge; two daughters, Sharon Blake and Gail Walker; six brothers, John Eldridge, Gilbert Eldridge, Richard Eldridge, Morris Eldridge, Coleman Eldridge and Donald Eldridge; a cousin raised as a brother, Samuel Blackstone; two sisters, Catherine Matthews and Inez Thomas, all of Glen Burnie; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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