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Arthur H. Cantela


Arthur H. Cantela, a retired professional drummer and civilian bus and truck driver on Army posts, died Monday at Good Samaritan Hospital after a heart attack.

He was 76 and lived on Fairwood Avenue.

A mass of Christian burial for Mr. Cantela was being offered today at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church, Harford Road and Gibbons Avenue.

He retired in 1976 from Fort Meade, but he also had worked at Aberdeen Proving Ground in nearly 30 years as a civilian employee of the Army.

He served in the Army during World War II.

A native of Cleveland who came to Baltimore in 1932, he worked at the Sparrows Point plant of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. before he joined the Army.

Known as "Otts," he played the drums with several local bands until

last year. During the 1950s and 1960s, he played regularly at the 2 O'Clock Club.

In the early 1950s, he also played with the Gene Krupa orchestra.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sadie M. Corso; two daughters, Lola A. Jones of Baltimore and Angelina Cantela of Kingsville; two sisters, Lucy Maio and Lola Oriente, both of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

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