Wardell Jackson, 72

Bethlehem Steel worker

May 13, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Wardell Jackson, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. maintenance worker, died Saturday of complications after brain surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 72.

Mr. Jackson was born in Hampton Hall, Va., and was raised by an aunt in Marion, Somerset County. After graduating from Woodson High School in Crisfield in 1954, he moved to Hempstead, N.Y., and took a job at Mitchell Airfield.

He returned to Baltimore in 1956 and went to work at Bethlehem Steel at Sparrows Point as a maintenance millwright repairing the steel company's fleet of cranes. He retired in 1998.

The longtime Chandler Avenue resident was a member of United Steelworkers of America Local 2610 and the Bethlehem Steel retirees association.

Mr. Jackson was a fan of American history and enjoyed reading and current events. He was an avid Ravens fan and liked spending time at a second home in Callo, Va.

He was a member for many years of Fulton Baptist Church, 1630 W. North Ave., where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, the former Mary Brooks, a retired senior contract specialist who had worked with the Mayor's Office of Employment Development; a son, Tyler Wayne Jackson of Warsaw, Va.; and two grandchildren.

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