William Kenneth "Mac" McCardell, a retired United States Fidelity and Guaranty insurance executive and World War II veteran, died of congestive heart failure March 31 at the Stella Maris Rehabilitation Center. The Mays Chapel resident was 92.
Born in Baltimore, he was raised on East 25th Street. He was the son of Ernest Francis McCardell, a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad conductor, and Wavie Therese Jackson, a homemaker. After his father's death, he assisted with family finances by delivering newspapers and working as a lifeguard at the old Lakewood pool near his home.
He attended St. Ann's School and was a 1940 City College graduate. He worked at the Bethlehem Steel Co. before joining the Navy during World War II. He served on a landing ship tank in the Pacific and in the Aleutian Islands.
"Because my father's father died when he was 10, he grew up knowing what hard work was," said his son, Joseph Brian McCardell of Baltimore. "He was an ethical, honest man."
After the war, Mr. McCardell joined USF&G at its Calvert Street corporate headquarters in downtown Baltimore. He rose through the company's ranks and retired in 1986 as an assistant vice president.He worked in the the fiire and marine insurance areas and visited branch offices.
"My father traveled constantly and supported branch offices and individual agents throughout the country," said his son. "He would leave on a Sunday night and we would see him again on Thursday."
Mr. McCardell studied nights at the Johns Hopkins University and earned a bachelor's degree in business in the 1950s. He was a member of the Johns Hopkins Club.
His son, who often accompanied his father to Memorial Stadium, described him as a "rabid" Baltimore Colts fan who had season tickets.
"He was heartbroken when the Colts left Baltimore," his son said. "His routine on a Sunday was to visit his mother on 25th Street in the morning and then go to the game."
Mr. McCardell later became a Ravens fan.
"He was ecstatic when they won the Super Bowl," his son said.
Mr. McCardell spent time in Ocean City at a condominium he bought in 1977. He served several terms as president of the Braemar Condominium Association. He played golf on Eastern Shore courses and often competed against fellow USF&G employees.
He enjoyed meals at the old Burke's on Light Street, as well as Thompson's Sea Girt House in Govans, Johnny Unitas' Golden Arm and Jimmy Woo's on Charles Street.
After living for many years in Cedarcroft, Mr. McCardell moved to Mays Chapel about 20 years ago.
In 1942, he married Margaret "Peggy" McLaughlin, whom he met as a student at St. Ann's School. A homemaker, she died in 2008. They were married for nearly 66 years.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 100 Church Lane in Cockeysville. He was a former member of St. Mary of the Assumption parish.
In addition to his son, survivors include two other sons, W. Kenneth McCardell Jr. of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Stephen V. McCardell of Fitchburg, Wis.; a daughter, Claire L. Gallagher of Timonium; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A daughter, Susan L. McCardell, died in 1946.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun