John Short Sr., 57

Truck driver, veteran

August 15, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

John Robert Short Sr., a Wicomico County truck driver, was killed early Sunday when the truck he was driving was involved in an accident on the eastbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that sent it plunging into the bay.

Mr. Short, who died at the scene, was 57.

Mr. Short was born in Short Gap, Va., and was raised there until moving to North East when he was a teenager. He attended North East High School and later earned his General Educational Development certificate. He served in the Navy as a machinery repairman assigned to engine rooms of destroyers from 1966 to 1970.

Before moving to Willards in 2004, Mr. Short lived in Lancaster, Pa., where he drove a delivery truck for Herr's Potato Chips for 17 years, and later for the Postal Service.

For the past three years, Mr. Short had been working as a truck driver for Mountaire Farms, a Selbyville, Del., poultry producer.

Mr. Short enjoyed working around a pond on the grounds of his home and stocking it with koi and other fish.

"He also liked caring for his two Jack Russell terriers, Russell and Ginger, that he had rescued," said his son, John Robert Short Jr., of Newark, Del. "He also enjoyed being a family man." Mr. Short was an active member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church on Mount Pleasant Road in Willards, where he read the Bible at services.

A memorial service will be held at his church at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are his wife of four years, the former Connie M. Schmidt; a daughter, Renee Lynn Salgado of Elkton; a stepson, David Cavey of Baltimore; his father, Lloyd Ralph Short of Grundy, Va.; two brothers, Barry Short of Elkton and Lloyd R. "Babe" Short of Wytheville, Va.; two sisters, Pam Tweed of Elkton and Bobbie Short of Wytheville; and two grandchildren. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.

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