Others have opted for a more grandiose goodbye. Nearly 25,000 Marylanders filed past the "flower-banked bier" of former governor Albert C. Ritchie upon his death in 1936, according to a Sun report, with the crowd growing "to such proportions soon after dark that a column of persons jammed the sidewalks for three-quarters of a block around the church awaiting an opportunity for a final glimpse of the State's former Chief Executive."
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sent a wreath as tribute, and throngs of people crowded around the aisles, windows, and pillars of Christ's Protestant Episcopal Church at St. Paul and Chase Streets for the funeral service. In addition, more than 400 members of the Concord Club, to which Ritchie belonged, gathered for a memorial service shortly after his death.
Sun reporter Jean Marbella contributed to this article.
Details for public services for William Donald Schaefer:
Mr. Schaefer will lie in state at the State House in Annapolis on Monday, April 25. The public is invited from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. His body will then be taken past several Baltimore sites that are part of his legacy, including Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium and the Inner Harbor.
The former mayor's body will then be brought to Baltimore's City Hall to lie in state in the rotunda. The public is invited to pay their respects Monday, April 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will take place Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 233 North Charles St. in downtown Baltimore. Mr. Schaefer will be interred at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium following the funeral services.
Source: Maryland Governor's Office.