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July 2, 1992
Marshall Randolph Welk, a longtime bricklayer, died of pneumonia June 25 at Baltimore County General Hospital. He was 83.Mr. Welk, who in recent years had been a resident at several nursing homes, was born in Baltimore and lived most of his life in Hampden. At an early age, he became a bricklayer, working for several local firms.From 1942 to 1945, he was an infantryman in the Army, serving in Africa, Italy and France. He attained the rank of sergeant.Mr. Welk was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter | December 7, 2007
Norman Stumpf Jr., a bricklayer who went on to found his own general contracting business, died of cancer Tuesday at his Brooklyn Park home. He was 77. Born in Baltimore's Curtis Bay, he was raised in a section of the neighborhood, Car Shop Homes, where railroad passenger coaches were once built. He was a 1947 graduate of Southern High School. After service in the Army during the Korean War, he became a machinist at General Refractories and later trained as a bricklayer. He worked for Henry Knott Co. and Consolidated Masonry before establishing his own business.
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NEWS
March 29, 1992
The brick facade, the brick archways, the brick fence piers -- Joe Carter had a hand in them all.A bricklayer for 36 years, Carter, 52, had been laid off from another job last March when a foreman called him to work at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. As many as two dozen bricklayers at a time spent a year at the site, where the brickwork was animportant design feature meant to link the new stadium to the old brick buildings around downtown."There are about 30 [actually 26] arches," said Carter, a member of Bricklayers' and Allied Craftsmen Union No. 1 of Maryland.
NEWS
August 11, 2005
Joseph Gabriel Platerote, a retired Charles Village carryout owner and former bricklayer, died of sepsis Aug. 3 at Mercy Medical Center. The Hamilton resident was 81. Born in Baltimore and raised in Little Italy, he attended city public schools and served in the Army in Germany and Italy during World War II. After working at Waverly Press and the former Glenn L. Martin Co., Mr. Platerote became a bricklayer and worked in construction for 25 years....
NEWS
September 18, 1992
John L. Hydock Jr., a bricklayer who worked for the Perry Hall Masonry Co. for about 35 years, died Tuesday at the Good Samaritan Hospital of heart failure.A Mass of Christian burial for the 63-year-old Parkville resident will be at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Kingston, Pa.The Edwardsville, Pa., native came to the Baltimore area after serving in the Army in the Korean War, reaching the rank of staff sergeant in a field artillery unit.He is survived by a daughter, Debra Claypool of Abingdon; a son, William Foster of Simpsonville, S.C.; a brother, Paul Hydock of Bridgewater, N.J.; a sister, Delores Burge of Edwardsville; two grandchildren.
NEWS
November 6, 1993
James E. Kennedy, a retired bricklayer, died Thursday of cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.The 83-year-old Rosedale resident retired in 1975 from BrickMason Inc., a company he had founded in 1961. Earlier he had worked for Henry A. Knott Inc. and the Campitelli Construction Co. He worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant from 1946 to 1947.He was born in Pulaski, Va. His father was a bricklayer, as were his 10 brothers."There was an old saying that everything around Pulaski was built by the Kennedys," said his daughter, Marie Morris of Rosedale.
NEWS
September 12, 1990
Services for Calvin S. Hewitt Jr., a retired bricklayer, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Evans Funeral Chapel, 8800 Harford Road, Parkville.Mr. Hewitt, who was 69 and lived on Chesley Avenue, died Sunday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital.He retired in 1983 after working as a bricklayer for almost 40 years, the last 10 years for the Corinthian Masonry Co.Born in Baltimore but reared in Glenarm, he was a graduate of the Towson High School.During World War II, he served in the Army in the 29th Division in the landing at Normandy.
NEWS
October 20, 1999
Tony Q. Mobley, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. bricklayer, died Oct. 13 of emphysema at Millennium of Franklin Square. He was 76 and a 50-year resident of North Milton Avenue in East Baltimore.He lined the walls of blast furnaces at the steelmaker's Sparrows Point plant for 37 years and retired in 1987.The native of Chester, S.C., moved to Baltimore as a youth and left school after the eighth grade to help support his family."He loved to read and largely was a self-educated man," said his daughter, Antoinette Mobley of Baltimore.
NEWS
December 1, 2004
Lee Gordon Funk, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. bricklayer and former longtime Parkville resident, died of heart failure Thursday at his Tolchester home. He was 81. Mr. Funk was born in Baltimore and raised in Hampden. He attended City College and during World War II worked at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point shipyard. He earned his General Educational Development certificate while serving in the Army from 1948 to 1949. He was recalled to active duty in 1950 and served for a year in Germany as a tank mechanic.
NEWS
August 11, 2005
Joseph Gabriel Platerote, a retired Charles Village carryout owner and former bricklayer, died of sepsis Aug. 3 at Mercy Medical Center. The Hamilton resident was 81. Born in Baltimore and raised in Little Italy, he attended city public schools and served in the Army in Germany and Italy during World War II. After working at Waverly Press and the former Glenn L. Martin Co., Mr. Platerote became a bricklayer and worked in construction for 25 years....
NEWS
December 1, 2004
Lee Gordon Funk, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. bricklayer and former longtime Parkville resident, died of heart failure Thursday at his Tolchester home. He was 81. Mr. Funk was born in Baltimore and raised in Hampden. He attended City College and during World War II worked at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point shipyard. He earned his General Educational Development certificate while serving in the Army from 1948 to 1949. He was recalled to active duty in 1950 and served for a year in Germany as a tank mechanic.
NEWS
October 8, 2004
Francis W. Hoffman Sr., a bricklayer and mason who was a recovering alcoholic, died of undetermined causes Oct. 1 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium on his 60th birthday. He was a resident of Butler. Mr. Hoffman was born in Baltimore and raised in Gardenville. He studied bricklaying and masonry at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, graduating in 1965. Mr. Hoffman had taught adult-education bricklaying and masonry courses during the 1980s at Eastern Technical High School in Baltimore County.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | April 10, 2004
Kenneth G. James, a retired postal clerk who was known for his annual Mother's Day and Thanksgiving Day parties, died in his sleep April 3 at his Northwest Baltimore home. He was 75. Mr. James, who was known as Gerald, was born in Baltimore and raised on Druid Hill Avenue. He was a 1947 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and attended what was then Morgan State College. During the early 1950s, he served in the Army. He worked briefly as a bricklayer before joining the postal service in 1955.
NEWS
October 20, 1999
Tony Q. Mobley, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. bricklayer, died Oct. 13 of emphysema at Millennium of Franklin Square. He was 76 and a 50-year resident of North Milton Avenue in East Baltimore.He lined the walls of blast furnaces at the steelmaker's Sparrows Point plant for 37 years and retired in 1987.The native of Chester, S.C., moved to Baltimore as a youth and left school after the eighth grade to help support his family."He loved to read and largely was a self-educated man," said his daughter, Antoinette Mobley of Baltimore.
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By Abbe Gluck and Abbe Gluck,SUN STAFF | August 15, 1996
Facing a work force approaching retirement, unionized masons have teamed up with management in a new training program designed to attract students and cut costs for contractors.A training center on wheels, which rolled into Baltimore two months ago, selected two dozen students -- 12 from the city and a dozen from Norfolk, Va. -- for the program, which is funded by the International Masonry Institute, a joint labor-management trust."This program gives students the training we were giving them on the job, where they were absolutely nonproductive," said Frank Campitelli, owner of Baltimore Masonry.
NEWS
April 20, 1995
Donald G. RiserPadding company workerDonald G. Riser, a foam rubber padding company worker and former bricklayer, died of cancer Sunday at his home in Brooklyn Park. He was 47.The Brooklyn native had worked for nearly four years in the Severn plant of William T. Burnett Co. Earlier, he had been a bricklayer for several contractors.He is survived by his wife, the former Marion D. Allman; two daughters, Donna Holstead and Belinda S. Dodson, both of Baltimore; a son, Lloyd E. Ford of Bridge City, Texas; his mother, Dorothy Riser of Curtis Bay; a brother, George Riser of Baltimore; two sisters, Dorothy Riser of Curtis Bay and Gloria Eggers of Odenton; and five grandchildren.
NEWS
October 8, 2004
Francis W. Hoffman Sr., a bricklayer and mason who was a recovering alcoholic, died of undetermined causes Oct. 1 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium on his 60th birthday. He was a resident of Butler. Mr. Hoffman was born in Baltimore and raised in Gardenville. He studied bricklaying and masonry at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, graduating in 1965. Mr. Hoffman had taught adult-education bricklaying and masonry courses during the 1980s at Eastern Technical High School in Baltimore County.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter | December 7, 2007
Norman Stumpf Jr., a bricklayer who went on to found his own general contracting business, died of cancer Tuesday at his Brooklyn Park home. He was 77. Born in Baltimore's Curtis Bay, he was raised in a section of the neighborhood, Car Shop Homes, where railroad passenger coaches were once built. He was a 1947 graduate of Southern High School. After service in the Army during the Korean War, he became a machinist at General Refractories and later trained as a bricklayer. He worked for Henry Knott Co. and Consolidated Masonry before establishing his own business.
NEWS
November 6, 1993
James E. Kennedy, a retired bricklayer, died Thursday of cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.The 83-year-old Rosedale resident retired in 1975 from BrickMason Inc., a company he had founded in 1961. Earlier he had worked for Henry A. Knott Inc. and the Campitelli Construction Co. He worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant from 1946 to 1947.He was born in Pulaski, Va. His father was a bricklayer, as were his 10 brothers."There was an old saying that everything around Pulaski was built by the Kennedys," said his daughter, Marie Morris of Rosedale.
NEWS
March 6, 1993
C. Charles DiVentiRetired bricklayerC. Charles DiVenti, a retired bricklayer, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Govans.Mr. DiVenti, 62, retired a year ago after working for contractors for 41 years through Local 1 of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen.The Baltimore native was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and studied drafting at the old Maryland Institute on Market Place. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War.A member of the Towson Post of the American Legion and the Govans Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, he also belonged to the Hamelea and Clifton Pleasure clubs.
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