Schaefer remembered as 'giant of man' who inspired, 'changed politics'

Schaefer's interment at Dulaney Valley

Light showers swept the lawns at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens as the William Donald Schaefer funeral cortege arrived about 2:20 p.m.

The National Weather Service had issued a tornado watch for the Baltimore region.

Schaefer's hearse was preceded up the drive by The Fire Brigade Pipes & Drums of Greater Baltimore, playing bagpipe music and a slow drum cadence. The hearse was escorted by four police officers on motorcycles, followed by a dark, rider-less horse, which symbolizes a fallen leader. Riding boots were placed in the stirrups facing backward, symbolizing the leader looking back on his troops for the last time.

After the hearse stopped at the member casket team, soldiers and airmen from the Maryland National Guard carried Schaefer's casket to a grassy courtyard at the mausoleum. As it arrived, Maryland National Guardsmen fired a thunderous, 19-gun salute by four howitzers as the 229th Army Band played.

The casket was placed on a bier in front of a tent sheltering 10 close friends of the former governor.

About 120 people, including Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, stood just behind the tent. As the band played another song, the sun came out again.

The casket team then lifted the American flag from Schaefer's casket as the Rev. Mark Stanley began the brief service of committal.

"We commend to all mighty God our brother William Donald and commit his body to its resting place. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust," Stanley said. "May his soul and the souls of all the departed by the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen," he said.

A three-shot rifle salute by a Maryland National Guard firing team followed.

A bugle played "Taps" and the casket team folded the flag, followed by the Army band playing "America the Beautiful."

The flag was presented to longtime Schaefer aide Lainy LeBow-Sachs by Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins, adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard.

About 20 minutes elapsed between when Schaefer's casket was removed from the hearse to the completion of the service.

His remains were later interred in a vault inside the mausoleum alongside his longtime companion Hilda Mae Snoops, who died in 1999.

—Frank D. Roylance

Outside church, saying 'thank you'

Ronnie Scudder of Windsor Mill works as a courier and knew that the plaza in front of the Superfresh in Charles Plaza would be the perfect location for he and his wife to watch the Schaefer funeral procession.

The two arrived at 7:30 a.m., prepared with drinks and an umbrella in case it rained.

Schaefer helped the Scudders and other Hampden residents build a playground for kids on Singer Street in Hampden through his "Adopt-A-Lot" program in the 1970s.

Through the Hampden Woodberry Community Council, Scudder, now 74, was able to secure the vacant lots, where houses had burned down years before.

Schaefer himself came to the Scudders' home on a Saturday to inquire about what they would need to build the lot. Carol Scudder said she was home at the time but was not even wearing shoes. "He said, 'Well, I'm not going to look at your feet,'" she said.

They had enlisted neighborhood children to bundle papers to sell for recycling to raise money to buy playground equipment, but she told the then-mayor they needed wood chips and crossties.

The following Tuesday, the materials were delivered to the lot.

"Within a week, we got what we needed," Carol Scudder said.

Frank Hogarth, 48, of Lauraville said he wanted to watch the events from Charles Plaza, across the street from Old St. Paul's.

He remembers the former mayor dedicating a traffic signal at the intersection of Frankford and Anthony avenues, so students like himself could safely walk to St. Anthony's School.

"I just wanted to say thank you as a citizen doing my civic duty and saying goodbye one last time," he said.

Anna Wood, 84, and her granddaughter, Rose Ludwig, 43, of Yale Heights in Southwest Baltimore had gone to his childhood home to see Schaefer's final tour and arrived at 8 a.m. to stand in line to go to his funeral.

"I always voted for him," Wood said. "Whatever he ran for, I was there to vote for him. I [had] seen him come and now I'm going to see him go."

Lameteria D. Hall said she brought 20 young adults from Year Up Baltimore, a technical and professional skills development program, to "celebrate the legacy of a great man who has laid a great foundation" for them to be a part of.

The 18- to 24-year-olds arrived at about 7 a.m. and were close to the front of the line waiting to enter Old St. Paul's Church.

"It's always good to learn about great people who had a great impact on the city," said Leonard Hart, 19, of East Baltimore.

Michael E. Busch, speaker of the House of Delegates, remembered how Schaefer spoke to him and other freshman senators when he arrived in Annapolis, garnering support for initiatives like Baltimore's sports stadiums.

"He was the guy who made things happen, and never made excuses," Busch said.

Carlethia Street, 72, took up a position behind barricades across the street from Old St. Paul, resigned to watch the events from outside. When her husband, Elijah, discovered that there were still seats available inside, they quickly went over there.

"There will never be another mayor like him," said Carlethia Street, who lives at Westminster House near the Washington Monument.

Cherry Hill resident Carolyn Jenkins, 53, said she visited Schaefer's body at City Hall twice Tuesday.

She was amazed to see photos of him wearing a hard hat underground at a subway construction site.

"I've never seen a high official do that," Jenkins said.

—Liz F. Kay

Ehrlichs' tribute to man who cared only about 'serving people'

Former first lady Kendel Ehrlich arrived wearing a large, decorative black hat, which she said was a tribute to Schaefer's love for an annual Baltimore flower show.

"It's in honor of Governor Schaefer," she said outside the church. "You know, he kept Flower Mart alive, and he just loved that event."

Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said the hat was a tribute.

"It's a celebration of life, and to celebrate his life, you have to add the laughter, because he used humor as a great tool in politics."

Ehrlich, a Republican who got along well with the Democratic Schaefer, noted that Schaefer was not partisan or ideological.

"He never saw the world through R and D. Never," Ehrlich said, adding "he cared about building things, and he cared about serving people and that's all."

—Associated Press

Ruppersberger calls Schaefer 'one of my mentors'

Rep. C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger was one of the many Maryland politicians to stream into Old St. Paul's Church for the service.

"He was one of my mentors," Ruppersberger said. "When I first ran for office, I went to William Donald Schaefer and he said 'Do you want to help people? You want to make a difference? And we're going to make Baltimore the best that we can,' and he sure did that."

—Associated Press

For Mfume, an antagonist turned fierce ally

Former U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume eulogized William Donald Schaefer as an antagonist turned fierce ally who thought big and cared about the little guy.

"On the scroll of life, when we get to the name William Donald Schaefer," he said, "we stop and insert the words, 'He played real hard. He made a real difference.'"

Mfume described Schaefer as a private man but said he saw the former mayor's heart broken twice, once, the day after the Colts left and the other, the day he buried his mother.

"He wept both times," Mfume said. "And he opened himself in a way that made those who were paying attention realize that his heart was as big as this church."

Mfume said his relationship with Schaefer was akin to one between aging fighters who batter each other until they develop mutual respect and, eventually, affection.

"No one irritated me more than him and no one irritated him more than me," Mfume said.

"Well, maybe Parris Glendening," he added, drawing the biggest laugh of the day at the expense of Schaefer's gubernatorial successor.

Mfume said he came to realize that Schaefer entered their battles for the right reasons. "Don Schaefer was a person who changed politics," he said. "He put a human face on it. He made it real."

He wished that Schaefer's legacy would counteract those who settle for apathy and mediocrity in public life. "Miles to go before I sleep," Mfume said, quoting Robert Frost, as he patted Schaefer's casket on the way back to his pew.

Childs Walker

Enoch Pratt showing funeral on big screen

About a dozen people were gathered at 11 a.m. at the central Enoch Pratt Free Library, watching the funeral on a big screen. Most of them had planned to go to the library anyway, but paused to listen to parts of the service.

Among them was Stewart Jones, 45, a construction worker who lives in Baltimore but is from Salisbury. Jones said he "knew what a great man Schaefer was" and he chuckled about some of the insults Schaefer had hurled at the Eastern Shore. "I don't think he really believed" that the Eastern Shore was an outhouse, Jones said.

"There will never be another politician like him," Jones continued. "They're all phony now. He was real."

Clyde Bracey, 55, was one of the few who came to the library specifically to view the funeral. The 55-year-old retiree from Baltimore said he did not go to the church where the funeral was being held because he was concerned it would be too crowded. "I didn't want to be crashing the party," he said. "You can see a lot more on TV than in person."

Elsie Bowser, a cosmetologist form Baltimore, stood outside the church to watch the casket being taken inside before walking up to the library to watch part of the service. She remembered that Schaefer "always did fun stuff" and "loved the Inner Harbor."

There was a larger crowd at the Tremont Hotel, next to the church. About 45 people had gathered there, include some who wanted to just duck in during their lunch hour to watch to service for 10 to 20 minutes before heading back to work.

Annie Linskey

Plans for interment service

The former governor's interment service at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens was expected to be brief, scheduled to last only 11 minutes.

Plans called for a 19-gun salute by a Maryland Army National Guard team operating four howitzers from a nearby hillside.

A Maryland State Police helicopter, a French-built AS355 Dauphin, was to make a flyover following the service. Schaefer's body was then to be moved into an indoor mausoleum building, where he will be interred in an alcove vault, alongside his longtime companion Hilda Mae Snoops, who died in 1999.

The stone on the vault reads: "Schaefer, William Donald, 1921-2011," and "HE CARED."

Frank Roylance

Mikulski remembers 'public school' guy

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski remembered William Donald Schaefer as a political foe and ally, who shared her pugnacious style and love for Baltimore's neighborhoods.

"He did know Baltimore," she said. "He did know its people. He did know its neighborhoods."

She remembered Schaefer as a "public school" guy who shopped at Lexington and Cross Street markets and ate at neighborhood institutions such as Jimmy's and Rallo's. He hated the proliferation of air conditioning, she said, because he loved to meet city residents on their front stoops.

"What's going on?" she remembered him asking everyday people. "How can I help?"

He took their suggestions and turned them into demands for aides and fellow politicians.

"Did you ever get a blue note from Schaefer?" she asked the congregation. "They were written in blue pen and somewhat blue language from time to time."

She described her epic battle with him over the road that would become the Fort McHenry Tunnel. "There's only one mayor, and you're not it," she remembered him telling her before the decisive vote.

Sure enough, he won the vote, 16-3, but the next day, Mikulski said, Schaefer had moved on to enlisting her help with redeveloping the Inner Harbor.

Childs Walker

Early arrivals pay tribute

Carol and Ronnie Scudder, who live in the Windsor Mill area, arrived outside Old St. Paul's at 7:30 a.m. and watched the pageantry from a nearby plaza. They recalled that when they lived in Hampden, then-Mayor Schaefer had helped residents build a tot lot on some vacant land. Schaefer himself came to their house and asked what he could do to help, they said.

Carolyn Jenkins of Cherry Hill was also at the church Wednesday morning. She went to view Schaefer's body twice as it lay in state at City Hall. She wanted to pay tribute because she was impressed by the way he cared for Baltimore. "A lot of [politicians] … run just to be in there." But Schaefer was different, she said.

—Liz F. Kay

LeBow-Sachs speaks

Former aide Lainy LeBow-Sachs was the first to eulogize William Donald Schaefer, describing him as a "giant of a man" who combined caring with brutal honesty and an obsessive focus on his goals. She remembered thinking that the then-mayor didn't know she existed until the first time he yelled at her and slammed her office door.

"In some strange way, I knew right there that he liked me," LeBow-Sachs said, "even though he had a funny way of showing it."

She described his immense "nontraditional family" of aides, who received "eagle" prizes for good works and "turkey" awards for foul-ups. "We truly were his children," she said.

Almost 80 former aides gathered for a final cabinet meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday in the presence of Schaefer's casket. As usual, LeBow-Sachs said, the doors were locked at the appointed hour and no late-comers were allowed in. The aides bestowed a final "eagle" prize to their former boss.

She recalled the Monday morning "action memos" Schaefer dispensed after riding around the city all weekend, observing potholes and other imperfections.

"Could you imagine if he'd had a Blackberry?" she quipped, drawing a laugh from the congregation.

LeBow-Sachs said all of Schaefer's efforts flowed from a true love for his home city. "If you dared to talk negatively about Baltimore, he'd go nuts," she said.

He loved his work so much, she added, that he struggled to adjust to post-public life. "He was truly married to his city and state, and without them, he lost his focus," she said.

Earlier, onlookers snapped photographs on their cellphones as an honor guard moved Schaefer's flag-draped casket from City Hall to the hearse that would carry him eight blocks to Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

The church, where Schaefer prayed over his most troubling decisions as mayor, was packed with former aides, friends and dignitaries. Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton stood on the steps to greet the former governor's coffin as a band played "O God, Our Help in Ages Past."

Childs Walker

From The Sun's archives

In November 1983, about 400 people, including Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Rep. Barbara A. Mikulski, Gov. Hughes and other political officials and loved ones, gathered at the same church to say goodbye to William Donald Schaefer's mother, Tululu. Schaefer, who was mayor at the time, sat in the front row with companion Hilda Mae Snoops, according to Baltimore Sun reports. There were no eulogies, but the Rev. William N. McKeachie led the mourners in prayer, and friends recited scripture passages, reports said. Tululu Schaefer died of heart failure at age 89.

Some early quotes from Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church:

Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon: "It's a great day to reflect on what mayor, governor and comptroller Schaefer has done. I remember when I came to him for advice, he told me, 'Don't let anybody make excuses, just get the job done.'"

Former Gov. Marvin Mandel: "It's a terrible day to see someone you worked with, all the things we did together, has passed on. I'm trying to think what the future without him is going to be like." Talking about this week's events, he said: "It's a picture of his life. People were his life."

Bishop Robinson: "It's a horrible feeling," the former police commissioner who was appointed by Schaefer said. "I was the first man of color in that position. I remember all the things he did so greatly for so many people."

The first person in line, Clemis Kaikis, 55, owns Charles Restaurant in Arbutus, where political types meet for lunch. "He stands instrumental in my life. I'm a product of his Baltimore," said Kaikis, who now lives in Kingsville. "It's a beautiful town. It will always be a part of our lives. He was the greatest."

Jean Marbella

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