Frederick A. 'Fritz' Glos, machinist

He had volunteered on Liberty ship

January 07, 2013|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Frederick A. "Fritz" Glos, a retired machinist and World War II veteran who volunteered onboard the Liberty ship John W. Brown, died Friday of complications from leukemia at a stepdaughter's Perry Hall home. He was 89.

Frederick Adam "Fritz" Glos was born in Baltimore and raised on North Port Street. He attended city public schools and then joined the merchant marine.

He joined the Navy in 1942 at Bainbridge Naval Training Center in Cecil County and became a gunner's mate and later worked in aviation ordnance.

After the war, he worked as a machinist at American Can Co. on Boston Street in Canton until retiring in 1984.

Mr. Glos was a longtime volunteer with Project Liberty Ship, which restored and owns and operates the World War II-era John W. Brown.

He was a fixture for many years in the ship's machine shop, where he was respected by fellow volunteers for his ability to fix nearly anything.

Mr. Glos, who was a longtime Perry Hall resident, enjoyed making dollhouses for family members, as well as fishing and traveling.

Mr. Glos' first wife, the former Ruth Mildred Winkelman died in 1963. In 1965, he married Norma Ford, who died in 2011.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Bruzdzinski Funeral Home, 1404 Old Eastern Ave., Essex.

Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Patricia Pettway of Brooklyn Park; a stepson, Mark Ferraris of Perry Hall; two stepdaughters, Donna Kearney and Denise Barrett, both of Perry Hall; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His son, James Frederick Glos, died in the 1980s.

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