Cecil George Mateer, a retired machinist and Royal Navy veteran, died July 28 of pneumonia at Lorien of Bel Air. He was 90.
Born and raised in Belfast, Ireland, Mr. Mateer ran away to the sea when he was 13, and served onboard windjammers as a cabin boy.
He later was trained as a machinist and joined the British merchant service, working passenger liners. With the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the Royal Navy and served at sea and on land bases at Sierra Leone and Cairo.
In 1948, he immigrated to New York, landing at Ellis Island and later moving to Newport News, Va.
He moved to Dundalk in the late 1940s, and went to work as a machinist at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point Plant, from which he retired in 1982.
Mr. Mateer moved to Bel Air and took a job in 1983 as a machinist with Ingolds Machine Shop, and later worked assembling ultra-light aircraft at Aldino Air Park.
"He enjoyed attending dinner theaters and listening to bagpipe music," said a stepdaughter, Sherrie Ruhl of Forest Hill, a former Baltimore Sun reporter.
His wife of 37 years, the former Phyllis M. Stevenson, died in 1983.
Services were held Aug. 2.
Surviving are his wife of 26 years, the former Catherine Virginia Clinton; a son, James S. Mateer of Bel Air; another stepdaughter, Cindy Celentano of Ellicott City; and two grandchildren.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun