Joseph J. Boniface, civil engineer, dies

He had worked on such projects as the Schaefer Tower in downtown Baltimore

  • Joseph J. Boniface
Joseph J. Boniface
November 24, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Joseph John "Joe" Boniface, a retired civil engineer and World War II veteran, died Nov. 17 at Chapel Hill Nursing Home in Eldersburg. He was 86.

Mr. Boniface, the son of a merchant marine and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Fells Point.

After graduating from City College in 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served as a flame thrower during the battles of Guadalcanal and Peleliu. He later was stationed in China.

Discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1947, Mr. Boniface returned to Baltimore and then enrolled at Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, where he earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1951.

His first job after college was working as a civilian employee for the Army Corps of Engineers, laying a pipeline in Alaska.

Until retiring in the early 1990s, Mr. Boniface worked with the Henry J. Knott Cos. and Baltimore Contractors.

During his career, he worked on such projects as the Schaefer Tower in downtown Baltimore, the Anne Arundel County Courthouse, the Social Security Administration buildings in Woodlawn, the Maryland Science Center and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

The longtime Randallstown resident, who was known as Joe, was a Ravens and talk show radio fan. He also enjoyed reading.

He was a communicant of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Roman Catholic Church in Woodstock, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, the former Ann Carolyn Reed; a son, Andrew Boniface of Dundalk; two daughters, Barbara Ann Shaffer of Gaithersburg and Renee S. Dunnington of Alexandria, Va.; and five grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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