Frederick W. Webb Bethlehem retiree


Frederick W. Webb, a retired engineer for the Bethlehem Steel Corp., died Friday of Alzheimer's disease at the Meridian Nursing Center in Hamilton. He was 93 and lived all his life in Hampden.

He retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp. at the age of 70, having worked 25 years at Sparrows Point in the steel plant's engineering department blueprint room.

For a short time before that, he worked on an assembly line at the Glenn L. Martin Co., now Martin Marietta Corp. Earlier, he worked as a chauffeur for executives of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

He began working as a teen-ager during World War I, in th cotton mills in Hampden. He also worked at a nearby Woodberry foundry, which manufactured steam engines, boilers, turbine water wheels and mining machinery.

Before joining BG&E; he was a member of the Salvage Corps, an organization maintained by insurance companies but attached to the Fire Department that tried to minimize damage. In the early 1940s, he joined Engine Company 21 in Hampden as a volunteer auxiliary firefighter, serving until 1965.

Mr. Webb and his wife, the former Bertha M. Carbis, were married for 58 years. She died in 1988.

He was a member of the Red Men's Lodge in Hampden.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, 1008 W. 37th St.

He is survived by a son, Charles Albert Webb of Colonial Heights, Va.; five grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

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