Donnell D. Daley Sr.

Age 39: BGE lineman was Army veteran who served overseas.

June 23, 2008|By Stephanie Desmon | Stephanie Desmon,Sun reporter

Donnell D. Daley Sr., a lineman who had been with BGE for nearly a decade, died Wednesday when he was electrocuted while working at a substation in Sykesville. He was 39.

Mr. Daley was born in Baltimore and graduated in 1986 from Northwestern High School, where he played football, wrestled and ran track. Soon after graduation, he entered the Army, where he spent 12 years as a helicopter mechanic, serving in Germany and Hawaii.

The Frederick resident went to work for BGE nine years ago, starting out as a meter reader, then graduating to lineman. Mr. Daley - the father of six children ranging in age from 3 to 17 - didn't spend much time worrying about the danger of his job building and maintaining power lines, family members said.

"I worried about his motorcycle more than his job," said Heidi Daley, his wife of three years.

Family members said they still haven't been told what caused the accident, which occurred as Mr. Daley was performing routine maintenance about 2:40 a.m. Wednesday. The incident ignited a power failure that affected most homes and businesses in Sykesville.

"He loved his job, and he was pretty good at it," said his father, Leroy Daley III of Baltimore. "I still don't know exactly what happened. They haven't told us anything."

Mr. Daley was a fun-loving guy with an outgoing personality which made him friends wherever he went. "He got along with everyone, would do anything for you," his father said.

"He knew a little bit about just about everything. I'm sorry he had to leave us so young. He had so much going for him."

Funeral services will be at noon today at March Funeral Home West, 4300 Wabash Ave. in Baltimore.

In addition to his wife and father, Mr. Daley is survived by four sons, Donnell Jr. of Fayetteville, N.C., and Darian, Corey and Kalen of Frederick; two daughters, Justice of Hawaii, and Kiley of Frederick; three brothers, Leroy Daley IV, Perry Daley and Ulysses Dixon, all of Baltimore; and four sisters, Cynthia Williams, Suequon Smith, Gloria Sligh and Patricia Glover, all of Baltimore.

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