Sidney H. Raabe Supervisor


Services for Sydney H. Raabe, a supervisor who was born and raised in a lighthouse in Curtis Bay, will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home on Harford Road.

Mr. Raabe died Friday at his home in Parkville after a heart attack. He was 93.

Mr. Raabe's father was the keeper of one of the lighthouses in the Brewerton Channel Range Lights, a series of three lighthouses that guided ships into Curtis Bay. His father retired when the lighthouse was converted to electric power in 1924.

After completing the eighth grade, Mr. Raabe went to work at 14 as a mail boy for Davison Chemical Co. at its Curtis Bay plant, within walking distance of the lighthouse.

Mr. Raabe spent his career with Davison, which now is a division of W. R. Grace & Co. He retired as supervisor of annuities and benefits after 51 years with the company.

He was a Freemason for 70 years and a reader at the Fourth Church of Christ Scientist on Walther Avenue.

He and his wife, Edythe M. Raabe, were married for 58 years. Mrs. Raabe died in 1982. Mr. Raabe lived with his daughter, Joan S. Howard of Parkville, after his wife died. Another daughter, Ruth A. Jackson, died in 1959.

In addition to Mrs. Howard, Mr. Raabe is survived by six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fourth Church of Christ Scientist, 4920 Walther Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21214.

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