William James Schmidt dies at age 94

Northeast Baltimore County mechanic and school bus driver

April 21, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

William James Schmidt, who owned and operated a Northeast Baltimore County auto repair service and later worked as a school bus driver, died Sunday of cardiac disease at his daughter's Hampstead home.

The former longtime resident of Overlea and Fullerton was 94.

Born in Baltimore, the son of a mechanic and a homemaker, Mr. Schmidt was raised in Overlea and attended Baltimore County public schools.

Mr. Schmidt left school and went to work for his father, who owned and operated an Esso service station at Kenwood Avenue and Belair Road.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Mr. Schmidt owned and operated Bill's Auto Service at Belair Road and Fullerton Avenue.

In addition to his own business, he worked as a mechanic and bus driver for the McMahon Transportation Co., driving school buses in the Overlea and Fullerton areas. He retired from McMahon in 1982.

He also worked for a number of years as a mechanic for Fullerton Supply, from which he retired in 1990.

In 1985, Mr. Schmidt moved to Carroll County, where he enjoyed working on cars at his Hampstead home and on home improvement projects. He also liked gardening.

He was a member of Overlea United Methodist Church for 50 years before transferring his membership to Millers United Methodist Church, where he was an usher.

Services will be held at noon Thursday at his church, Warehime and Miller Station roads in Millers.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, the former Catherine Schiffner; a daughter, Barbara Gillan of Hampstead; a brother, Wesley Schmidt of Spring Grove, Pa.; two grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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