James N. Baccala, 60

Vietnam veteran

June 09, 2007

James Nicholas Baccala, a retired maintenance worker and Vietnam veteran, died Wednesday of a stroke at his home in Fort Myers, Fla. The former Severna Park resident was 60.

Mr. Baccala was born in Baltimore and raised on Exeter Street in Little Italy. He attended Brooklyn Park High School.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1964 and served aboard the carrier USS Coral Sea as a member of the ship's flight-deck crew.

After returning to Baltimore, he earned his General Educational Development certificate from Anne Arundel Community College.

He worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Koppers Co. and finally as a maintenance worker at what is now Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

He retired on a medical disability in 1998.

Mr. Baccala enjoyed playing the banjo and guitar, and had been a member of a harmonica band. He liked to fish and crab.

"He also loved driving his 1968 cherry red Mustang that had a white interior and an eight-track stereo," said a sister, Jodee Baccala of Pasadena.

Plans for services were incomplete yesterday.

Also surviving are his mother, Audrey M. Baccala of Fort Myers; another sister, Donna Baccala of Santa Monica, Calif.; and two cousins.

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