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Francis Patrick Healey, 81, steel worker, coachFrancis...


Francis Patrick Healey, 81, steel worker, coach

Francis Patrick Healey, a retired steel worker and longtime baseball and soccer coach, died Saturday of liver cancer at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The Dundalk resident was 81.

He was an all-state high school soccer player at Calvert Hall College in Towson from 1933 to 1936 and became head soccer coach at the high school in the late 1940s.

In the 1970s, he started a soccer club at Dundalk American Legion Post No. 38 and coached it to several championships.

He was a member of the Maryland State Soccer Hall of Fame, had been president of the Maryland State Soccer Association and was on the board of directors of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Mr. Healey also coached under-19 baseball teams that won state championships, including McKenna Pontiac in the 1950s and Dundalk American Legion Post No. 38 in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Baltimore native and World War II Army veteran retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant in 1978.

He was active in the Knights of Columbus and St. Rita Roman Catholic Church in Dundalk, where a funeral Mass was offered Tuesday.

He married Carolyn E. Schiffer in 1939; she died in 1989.

He is survived by two sons, Kevin M. Healey of Bel Air, coach and general manager of the Baltimore Blast, and Timothy L. Healey of Dundalk; two sisters, Rita Cain and Helen Capecci, both of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Helen Gales, 67, domestic worker

Helen Gales, a former domestic worker, died Saturday of unknown causes at her West Baltimore home. She was 67.

A native of La Crosse, Va., the former Helen Bugg moved to Baltimore as a child and did domestic work for many years.

She married Ernest Gales in the mid-1950s; they divorced in 1984.

She was a member of Grace Memorial Baptist Church in East Baltimore, where services were held yesterday.

She is survived by two sons, Kevin Gales and Ernest Gales, and three daughters, Alice Walker, Baretta Mercer, and Brenda Gales, all of Baltimore; a brother, Thomas Bugg of Frederick; a sister, Shirley Wright of Baltimore; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Meredith M. Evans Sr., 77, U.S. Postal Service clerk

Meredith M. Evans Sr., a U.S. Postal Service clerk in Baltimore from 1950 to 1980, died Feb. 18 of emphysema at his Catonsville home. He was 77.

The Sparrows Point native graduated from Baltimore's Frederick Douglass High School in 1941 and served in the infantry during World War II.

He was an usher at Epworth United Methodist Church in Woodlawn, where services were held Monday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Thelma Wynn, whom he married in 1942; a son, Meredith M. Evans Jr. of Pikesville; two daughters, Marsha Holmes of Park Ridge, N.J., and Sharon Attaway of Catonsville; six brothers, Charles Evans, Gordon Evans, Garland Evans, Reginald Evans, Carroll Evans and Dawson Evans, all of Baltimore; six sisters, Marguerite Oliver, Consuella Smith, Della Mae Turner, Elmira Purviance and Ellen Evans, all of Baltimore, and Yvonne Curbeam of Richmond, Va.; and four grandchildren.

James Austin Fallon, 69, Fire Department secretary

James Austin Fallon, who had been executive secretary of the Baltimore City Fire Department, died Saturday of a massive coronary at his Fallston home. He was 69.

Mr. Fallon was Fire Department secretary from 1962 to 1987. Earlier, he was assistant manager of a trucking company.

From 1990 to 1996, he was a trustee of the Fire and Police Employees' Retirement System. At his death, he was a member of the Baltimore City Fire Department Retirees' Association.

The Walbrook native graduated from Calvert Hall College in 1947 and served as an Army artilleryman during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953.

He was a communicant of St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church in Fallston, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Catherine E. Gallagher; two daughters, Catherine F. Butanis of Baldwin and Mary Margaret Mast of Parkville; three brothers, Louis Fallon of Littlestown, Pa., Thomas Fallon of Westminster and Patrick Fallon of Ocean Township, N.J.; and six grandchildren.

Pub Date: 2/25/99

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