Clifton A. Milway, a retired career utility company lineman who was known for his flavorful slow-cooked pit beef, died June 21 of complications from a broken hip at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air.

The Bel Air resident was 90.

The son of farmers, Mr. Milway was born and raised in Fork, where he graduated from public schools. He served in the Army during World War II.

Mr. Milway went to work as a lineman in 1946 for Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., from which he retired in 1986.

Mr. Milway's pit beef placed him in high demand with the Bel Air Moose Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, of which he was a member.

"He also did weddings and private parties," said a daughter, Beverly Shenton of Bel Air.

He also cooked for crafts festivals that were held in Bel Air and at the fall festivals at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church in Bel Air and St. Frances de Sales Roman Catholic Church in Abingdon.

Todd Holden, a former longtime Aegis reporter and Harford County photographer, was an old friend.

"Whenever American Legion Post 39 had pit beef, Cliff was always at the smoker," recalled Mr. Holden.

"To some, he seemed gruff and all business, but he was a volunteer for the community in the highest order. A wonderful guy once you got to know him," Mr. Holden said. "He was a great guy, one of the true fabrics of the town."

For years, Mr. Milway coached and managed in the Bel Air Little League and Babe Ruth League.

"He coached Little League as if we were in the majors. He was fair but wanted us to do our best, and could he get into it with an umpire if there was a bad call," Mr. Holden recalled with a laugh.

Mr. Milway also assisted with Bel Air's annual Fourth of July fireworks and helped install Christmas decorations on Main and Bond streets.

He was a recipient of the Red Cross Merit Award and a Certificate of Honor that was signed by President Ronald Reagan, family members said.

He was a parishioner of St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church and St. France de Sales Roman Catholic Church.

His wife of 47 years, the former Juanita B. King, died in 2001.

Services were Sunday.

Also surviving are another daughter, Paula Rhae Picard of Aberdeen; three sisters, Agnes York, Louise Burton and Delores Combs, all of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com