Dino J. Bartoli, 91

Railroad yardmaster

October 27, 2007

Dino J. Bartoli, a retired railroader and former longtime Parkville resident, died in his sleep Sunday at his home in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 91.

Mr. Bartoli was born and raised in Shickshinny, Pa. He was a graduate of Shickshinny High School, and as a young man played right field for minor league baseball teams in Shickshinny and Sunbury, Pa.

"He won the 1938 batting title with a .361 average and once played against Hall-of-Famer Goose Goslin, among others," said a grandson, Dean Smith of Alexandria, Va.

After his 1940 marriage to the former Carolyn Ciampi, the couple moved to the city's Orangeville neighborhood. She died in 2006.

He was the night-shift yardmaster for the Patapsco & Back River Railroad Co., a Bethlehem Steel Corp. subsidiary, for 31 years before retiring in 1971.

From 1971 until last year, when they closed the store, he and his wife owned and operated Treasure Alley, a Harford Road antiques shop.

Mr. Bartoli, who moved to Fort Myers last year, enjoyed owning and driving Cadillac Coupe de Ville automobiles.

"For years, he drove a yellow and then a white Cadillac," his grandson said.

He was an avid Orioles fan.

Mr. Bartoli was a longtime communicant of St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church.

Plans for services were incomplete yesterday.

Also surviving are a son, Bernard J. Bartoli of Fort Myers; two daughters, Dona C. Lowrimore of Woodstock, Ill., and Senie E. Bloys of Bethlehem, Pa.; five other grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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