Joseph Ares Sr., a native of Spain who worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant for 45 years, died Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital from complications following a fall. He -- was 87.
A mass of Christian burial for Mr. Ares was being offered today at Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Chapel, at 800 Oldham St. in Highlandtown.
Born in a small village outside La Coruna in Galicia, Mr. Ares was the son of a tavern owner. After the early death of his father, the boy was apprenticed to a bricklayer and left home for Cuba in 1920 while still a teen-ager.
He waited on tables for a while before going to work in a Havana sugar refinery. In 1923, he came to Baltimore.
He immediately found a job at Bethlehem Steel, where he worked for the next 45 years. He retired in 1967.
In June 1929, he married the former Lucinda Sucapane.
Besides his wife, Mr. Ares is survived by a son, Joseph Ares Jr. of Dundalk; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.