Drove truck for city
Charles U. Harryman, a retired truck driver for the city of Baltimore who organized monthly meetings of his large family at which annual picnics were planned, died Wednesday of cancer at his home on Northway Drive in Parkville. He had turned 89 on Sunday.
He "put up a good fight," a daughter said.
Known as Pop to friends and family alike, Mr. Harryman helped his children and grandchildren prepare a family history. At the annual family picnics, he often gave away ceramic figures, especially of Disney characters, or ceramic houses for train gardens, that he had painted.
He retired in 1970 after 27 years with the city. He had also worked for many years as a truck driver for other employers and as a cabdriver.
Born in Baltimore, he had played football while at the Polytechnic Institute. He left school before graduation to catch and play right field for AA league baseball teams, the Richmond Blues and the Chattanooga Lookouts.
During his second year, he was hit in the head by a line drive and lost his sight for three months. He kept the injury from his family, staying with a friend until his sight was restored.
In 1924, he married the former Dorothy I. Siegley, who died in 1968. They had eight children and also reared a nephew, Norman A. Miller, who now lives in White Hall.
He had been a member of semi-professional bowling teams and bowled with his grandchildren at the age of 82.
He enjoyed fishing and crabbing, often with his daughters, and liked to visit flea markets.
Services for Mr. Harryman were to be held at 10 a.m. today at the Hartley Miller Funeral Home, 7527 Harford Road, Baltimore.
His survivors include three daughters, Edith L. Arbona, M. Helena Giordano and Dotty K. Benton, all of Baltimore; four sons, C. Robert Harryman of Santa Rosa, Calif., Leroy F. Harryman of Elkridge and James H. and George N. Harryman, both of Baltimore; 48 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the St. Joseph Hospital Hospice Program.
Brother Peter Gaskin, C.F.X., who taught music and English at several schools of the Xaverian Brothers in Baltimore, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at St. Martin's Home in Catonsville. He was 85.
Brother Peter retired in 1986 from Mount St. Joseph High School, where he had been on the faculty since 1956. He also taught there in 1943 and 1944.
He began his career at St. Mary's Industrial School, teaching from 1926 to 1929 and returning in 1938 and 1939.
He also taught at schools in Massachusetts, Kentucky and New York.
Born Richard F. Gaskin in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph, where he joined the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier in 1924.
He earned a bachelor's degree at Boston College in 1943. He did graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.
A Mass of the Resurrection was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Martin's Home, 601 Maiden Choice Lane.
He is survived by two sisters, Teresa Freburger and Gertrude Zentgraf, both of Baltimore, and several nieces and nephews.