David A. Mack, drydock operator

He had worked at Bethlehem Steel

March 20, 2013|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

David A. Mack, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. floating drydock operator, died March 14 after being struck by two hit-and-run drivers in eastern Baltimore County.

The longtime Edgemere resident was 77.

Mr. Mack was walking home after spending the evening at Wells-McComas Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2678 when he was hit by two drivers about 9:45 p.m. on North Point Road near Delmar Avenue.

"He was struck by one driver and then another who both fled the scene," said Louise Rogers-Feher, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman, who said that Mr. Mack was pronounced dead at the scene.

The son of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp manager and a homemaker, David Alexander Mack was born in Renovo, Pa. He moved with his family to Baltimore in 1947, when his father was assigned to the Pentagon.

After graduating in 1954 from Polytechnic Institute, he enlisted in the Army and served until 1958 in Germany. After being discharged, he attended the R.E.T.S. School of Technology on the GI Bill of Rights.

In the early 1960s, Mr. Mack went to work in Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point shipyard, where he was a troubleshooter. His work often took him to Africa, Europe, South America and the Caribbean, where he oversaw ship repairs.

During his last years at Sparrows Point, Mr. Mack oversaw the operation of the shipyard's floating drydock. He retired in the mid-1990s, family members said.

He had lived in Edgemere for more than 30 years and was an avid Ravens and Orioles fan.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m Saturday at Duda-Ruck Funeral Home, 7922 Wise Ave., Dundalk.

Mr. Mack is survived by a son, Steven Mack of San Diego; a daughter, Tracey Mack Green of Marysville, Calif.; a brother, Thomas Mack of Towson; two sisters, Sister Marie Mack of Rodgers Forge and Kathleen Mack Hayes of Ocean Pines; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his former wife, Sharon Reed, nee Sharon Pratt.


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