William T. Christopher dies at age 85

Manufacturer's representative and Colts fan

August 11, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

William T. Christopher, a retired manufacturer's representative and diehard Colts fan, died Aug. 3 at the Charlestown retirement community of complications after heart surgery. He was 85.

Mr. Christopher, the son of a Kresge's accountant and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Woodbrook.

After graduating in 1942 from Loyola High School, he began his studies at Loyola College, which were interrupted when he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II.

After the war, he returned to Loyola, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1948.

Mr. Christopher worked for the Westinghouse Electric Corp. until 1951, when he took a job as a manufacturer's representative at Thomas Industries, a lighting company. He retired in 1981.

Mr. Christopher was a lifelong Colts season ticket holder, and he and his wife seldom missed a game. He was an active member of the Colts Corral fan group and attended the historic 1958 Colts- Giants championship football game at Yankee Stadium in New York City.

He also was an Orioles and Maryland Terps fan.

Mr. Christopher, who had lived in Randallstown for 20 years before moving to Severna Park in 1985, enjoyed sailing on the Magothy and Severn rivers.

After moving to Charlestown in 2005, he joined a poker group that met twice a week.

He was a member of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park.

Services were Friday at Charlestown.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, the former Martha Gieron; two sons, Mark T. Christopher and Paul R. Christopher, both of Catonsville; two daughters, Barbara C. Quinn of Hanover and Michele Behlen of Towson; and five granddaughters.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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