William Thomas O'Keefe Sr.

[ Age 82 ] Veteran was a bus and electric trolley driver.

April 23, 2007

William Thomas O'Keefe Sr., a bus and electric trolley driver for nearly four decades and a World War II veteran, died of a heart attack Tuesday at his home in Parkville. He was 82.

Mr. O'Keefe was born in Baltimore and attended St. John's Parish School. He worked at Glenn L. Martin and Co. for four months as an aircraft riveter before joining the Army Air Corps in 1943. He served in Italy as an airplane and engine mechanic during the war.

After returning from the war in 1945, he worked for the city's highway department before transferring in 1948 to the Baltimore Transit Co., which later became the Maryland Transit Administration. Mr. O'Keefe retired in 1987.

Mr. O'Keefe enjoyed reminiscing about the time when streetcars ran in the city, family members said.

"He loved the streetcars," said a son, Dennis O'Keefe of Westminster. "He had the No. 8 line from Towson to Catonsville. In fact, he donated some of his memorabilia to the streetcar museum."

After he retired, Mr. O'Keefe was a communicant, lector and usher at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church in Parkville. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the St. John's Old Timers.

A funeral Mass was offered Saturday at St. Ursula.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Ottolee Patricia Erhardt; six other sons, William T. O'Keefe Jr. of Sacramento, Calif., Kevin O'Keefe and Terrence O'Keefe, both of Baltimore, Dr. Eugene O'Keefe of Berlin, Germany, Sean O'Keefe of San Diego and Edward O'Keefe of Abingdon; a daughter, Kathleen Schultz of Baltimore; two brothers, Albert O'Keefe and Thomas O'Keefe, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Loretta Bull and Regina Curran, both of Perry Hall; and 10 grandchildren.

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