Robert J. Lyden Jr., water technician

Robert J. Lyden Jr., a retired Baltimore water technician and volunteer, died Friday at Stella Maris Hospice of pancreatic cancer. He was 64.

The son of Dr. Robert J. Lyden Sr., a physician, and Anita Lyden, a homemaker, Robert James Lyden Jr. was born in St. Louis and moved with his family when he was a child to Rosedale.

After graduating from Calvert Hall College High School in 1967, he earned an associate's degree from what is now the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex.

During the 1970s and 1980s, he earned a bachelor's degree from Towson University and a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Lyden worked for the Tutti Frutti Ice Cream Co. before starting his own business, Anita's Fruit Trays, in 1981. He operated the business before closing it in 1991.

He then joined the Baltimore Public Works Department, where he worked until retiring this year as a water technician.

The longtime Dundalk resident was active with the Patapsco High School Allied Sports Program. He served as chess coach at Orems Elementary School and several other chess clubs.

He was two-time Mid-Atlantic Senior Division speed stacking champion, a sport that requires a participant to stack plastic cups and plates into various forms, family members said.

Mr. Lyden was an active member of the Dundalk Historical Society and the community's July 4 parade committee. He was a member of the Mornington Players and performed in "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "The Music Man," among other plays.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lodge Forest United Methodist Church, 2715 Lodge Forest Drive, Edgemere.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lisbeth Tolbert; two sons, Daniel Lyden of Cockeysville and Michael Lyden of Dundalk; two daughters, Anita Franz of Middle River and Emily Kraus of Dundalk; his mother, Anita Lyden of Rosedale; two brothers, Michael Lyden of Rosedale and Patrick Lyden of Washington; six sisters, Susan Lyden of Towson, Maria Talarigo of Finksburg, Deborah Nizer of Westminster, Rebecca Dietrich of Parkville, Noel Adamski of Baltimore and Camille Kane of Parkville; and three grandchildren.

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