William Gary Pike

Mechanic

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October 27, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

William Gary Pike, a retired Maryland Transit Administration supervisor and a motorcycle enthusiast, died Sunday of a heart attack at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace.

The longtime Aberdeen resident was 60.

Mr. Pike was born and raised in Morganfield, Ky., and left home when he was 16 to join the Job Corps.

He earned his General Education Development certificate and attended college for two years while serving with the Job Corps.

Mr. Pike was later sent to Baltimore, where he apprenticed at the old L.B. Smith Co., training in the repair and operation of heavy equipment.

He joined the MTA in 1984 and worked his way up from mechanic to supervisor of the agency's Northwest Baltimore facility, overseeing repair of the agency's Mobility coaches and vans.

Mr. Pike retired in 2009.

Mr. Pike and his wife of 39 years, the former Cyndie Molinaro, enjoyed traveling throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania and the Eastern Shore — he aboard his classic 1980s-era aqua-blue Harley-Davidson and she on a red Honda 400 CMT.

"I rode the Honda so I could keep up with him," said Mrs. Pike.

Mr. Pike's skill as a mechanic was often in demand by family members and neighbors who wanted him to fix their vehicles.

"He loved to fix things," said Mrs. Pike. "He enjoyed assembling and building bikes, which he gave away to underprivileged children."

Mr. Pike also raised money and volunteered at the PTA and the Aberdeen Skateboard Park.

A visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at McComas Funeral Home, 1317 Cokesbury Road, Abingdon, after which a memorial service will be held.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Pike is survived by two sons, Christopher Pike and Cory M. Pike, both of Aberdeen; a daughter, Megan R. Pike of Aberdeen; and two sisters, Brenda Pike and Maryanne Willis, both of Hopkinsville, Ky.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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