William Bryant, former soccer player, dies at...


William Bryant, former soccer player, dies at 66

William E. Bryant, a retired Esskay meat truck driver and a member of the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame, died Sunday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Bryant, who was 66 and lived in Parkville, was known to friends and relatives as "Bouncer," a nickname he received as a young soccer player in East Baltimore.

He retired about four years ago after 30 years as a truck driver for the meat packing company.

He began playing with the Canton Midgets in 1937 and continued playing in various Sunday leagues until World War II, when he joined the U.S. Army as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, serving in North Africa and Europe and earning the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

Mr. Bryant continued to play soccer after the war and was invited to the 1948 Olympic trials.

He played on the Baltimore Rockets and the Pompeii soccer team based in East Baltimore.

Though he primarily played center forward and fullback, he played every position during his long career.

On May 24, 1991, he was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Old Timers Soccer Association of Maryland.

In 1957, the East Baltimore native moved to Parkville, where he became a member of the Parkville Gold Club and also played softball and bowled.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Theresa Eckert; a daughter, Kathryn Mary Bower of Perry Hall; a son, Dennis F. Bryant of Parkville; and two sisters, Ruth Doyle of Pasadena and Gloria Mendel of Kissimmee, Fla.

Private services were planned for Mr. Bryant.

Evan M. Rinehart

Hopkins graduate

Services for Evan McBlair Rinehart will be held at at 11:30 a.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Boyce and Carrollton avenues in Ruxton.

Mr. Rinehart, who was 66 and lived in Towson, died Thursday after an apparent heart attack at the L'Hirondelle Club.

Known as Mac, he retired in 1987 after working as a manufacturers representative for the Morgan Millwork Co. and the Andersen Corp. Since 1989, he worked part time as a salesman for the Saco Supply Co.

Born in Port Washington, N.Y., he was a graduate of the Mount Herman Preparatory School in New Hampshire and served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He attended the Citadel military academy before graduating from the Johns Hopkins University where he was a member of Delta Phi. He remained active in the fraternity's alumni group, the St. Elmo Club of Maryland.

In addition to playing tennis, he bowled on the L'Hirondelle Club team.

A resident of Ruxton for many years before moving to Chestertown after his retirement, he had lived in Towson since 1989.

Mr. Rinehart was a member of the Society of Colonial Wars.

He is survived by his wife, the former Carter Taylor; a sister, Margaret Christman of San Diego, Tenn.; a brother, James Warden Rinehart of Richmond, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.


Henry H. Berney

Community activist

Services for Henry H. Berney, a retired vice president of Hamburgers and the owner of a photograph restoration business, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral establishment, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Berney, who was 79, died early yesterday of heart disease at his home on Springbriar Lane in Pikesville.

He retired in 1970 after being associated with the men's clothing store for many years. He then started his own business, Re-Photo.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Park School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was named to the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame and was named Red Cross volunteer of the year in 1989 for his service as a social worker in the local disaster division.

A member of the board of the Jewish Big Brother League and the junior board of the Associated Jewish Community Federation.

He was also a volunteer at the Bea Gaddy Social Development Center and on a hospice team of Church Hospital. He also had been a speaker and counselor for Planned Parenthood of Maryland.

His wife, the former Ida Weiss, died in 1977.

He is survived by a stepdaughter, Lynne Pullen of Baltimore; a brother, Albert Berney of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a grandson; four nephews; and two nieces.

Helen M. Cotter, a retired clerk for the Commercial Credit Co., died Sunday at the Greenery Extended Care Center after a heart attack.

Miss Cotter, who was 80 and lived in East Baltimore, retired about 15 years ago after working 15 years for Commercial Credit.

A native of the Canton area, she was educated at St. Brigid's School and the Institute of Notre Dame.

She is survived by a brother, Thomas C. Lidard of Baltimore; a sister, Emma Isennock of Eastpoint; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held yesterday at the Gardens of Faith Cemetery.

Benjamin P. Paras

Bronze Star recipient

A Mass of Christian burial for retired Army 2nd Lt. Benjamin P. Paras, who won a battlefield commission while serving in the Philippine Scouts during World War II, will be offered at noon tomorrow at St. William of York Roman Catholic Church, Edmondson Avenue and Cooks Lane.

Lieutenant Paras, who was 72 and lived on Academy Road, died Friday of cancer at St. Agnes Hospital.

He retired in 1962 after 27 years of service in the Army. Commissioned during World War II, during which he survived capture and the Bataan Death March, he reverted to enlisted rank later to remain in the Army and regained his commission at his retirement. In his last active duty post, he was a master sergeant serving as a mess sergeant at Fort Meade.

His decorations included the Bronze Star won during World War II and a Korean Presidential Medal.

Lieutenant Paras was a member of the Retired Officers Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

His survivors include his wife, the former Sabina Faustino; a son, Arthur F. Paras of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

He will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

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