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Charles Scarpello, ship captain, dies at 79A...


Charles Scarpello, ship captain, dies at 79

A Mass of Christian burial for Charles A. Scarpello, a retired merchant ship captain who served aboard two ships that were torpedoed during World War II, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Texas.

Mr. Scarpello, who was 79, died Saturday of a heart ailment at his home on Jefferson Avenue in the Timonium area.

He retired 18 years ago after many years as a ship's officer. Though licensed as a captain, he would often sail as a mate if no command were available.

A native of Chicago, who fought in the Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War, he went to sea during World War II and graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy.

He wrote an article that appeared in The Sun about his trip on a ship sunk in July 1942 when it was returning from Murmansk, U.S.S.R., in a convoy that ran into a surfaced U-boat.

His ship had suffered torpedo attacks, five days and nights of aerial attacks and frequent attacks in port before it was sunk on the way home.

Widely traveled, he was fond of telling stories of his experiences throughout the world.

He is survived by his wife, the former Carmela DiFranco; a daughter, Maria Grace Michels of New Freedom, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

Elmer F. Carter

School bus driver

A memorial service for Elmer F. Carter, a retired school bus driver and former taxicab driver and golf-course starter, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Free Gospel Tabernacle Church, 3201 Lynch Road, Edgemere.

Mr. Carter, who was 81 and lived with a daughter on Heathwood Road in Glen Burnie, died there July 30 of cancer.

He retired more than 15 years ago after driving a bus for the Baltimore school system for about five years.

For 10 years before that, he worked as a starter at the Clifton Park Golf Course. He also had been a cabdriver for 30 years, mostly with the G.I. Veterans Taxicab Association.

A native of Baltimore who was educated in the public schools, he served in the Army during World War II.

He was a sports fan, especially interested in the Orioles and Colts.

His wife, the former Martha H. Johnson, died in 1981.

He is survived by three daughters, Joan Bartlett and Judith Dieter, both of Glen Burnie, and Carole Jachelski of Pasadena; three sons, William F. Carter of Baltimore, Douglas E. Carter of Amsterdam, N.Y., and Ronald S. Carter of Waco, Texas; a sister, June Weidner of Baltimore; a brother, Clyde Carter of Baltimore; 22 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

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