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Thomas C. Oliver, 74, newspaper stereotyperThomas C....

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Thomas C. Oliver, 74, newspaper stereotyper

Thomas C. Oliver, a retired newspaper stereotyper and crabber, died Sunday of cancer at his Deep Point home in Dorchester County. He was 74.

Before his retirement in 1988, he had been a stereotyper for The Sun for 37 years.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he attended city public schools.

He moved to Dorchester County in 1992, where he fished, crabbed and enjoyed woodworking and woodcarving.

He served in the Marine Corps as a corporal during World War II in the Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Borneo and Philippine campaigns.

In 1957 he married Charlotte Thomas, who survives him.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Old Trinity Episcopal Church in Church Creek, Dorchester County.

He is also survived by two sons, James L. Oliver of Elkridge and Thomas C. Oliver III of Glen Burnie; a stepson, Thomas C. Knoerlein of Joppatown; a stepdaughter, Diane Calderone of Bel Air; two sisters, Doris Larson of Milltown, Wis., and Elizabeth McGovern of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

John Knopp, 56, tugboat deckhand

John Knopp, a former tugboat deckhand, died Tuesday of an embolism at his home in Keota, Iowa. He was 56 and had previously lived in Essex.

Known as Jesse, he worked on tugboats in the harbor much of his life. He also held jobs as a Radio Shack salesman, an electronics technician and as a worker at Crazy John's lunch counter on Baltimore Street in downtown Baltimore. He retired in 1998.

Born in Havre de Grace, he attended schools there and in Baltimore.

In 1966 he married the former Carol Erickson. They were divorced in 1974. In 1991 he wed Mable Dunning, who survives him.

Private services are pending.

He is also survived by a son, Jamie Knopp of Delano, Minn.; two stepsons, Chuck and Terry Dunning of Keota, Iowa; four sisters, Fran Price of Edgewood, Rose Wilson of Middle River, Phyllis Tracy of Carney and Kathy McConnell of White Marsh; his mother, Mabel Blackerby of Essex; and a brother, Jimmy Sliver of Abingdon.

Richard E. Tisdale Sr., 73, MTA bus driver

Richard Edward Tisdale Sr., a retired MTA bus driver, died Sunday of a heart attack at Bon Secours Baltimore Health System. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 73.

He retired as a bus driver in 1990 from the Mass Transit Administration's Kirk Avenue division, where he had worked for 38 years.

Born in Bayonne, N.J., he was educated in Baltimore public schools. He assisted in arranging performances of the Tisdale Gospel Singers, a local sacred-music group run by his family.

As a young man, he played amateur baseball.

In 1982, he married Shirley Artis, the supervising telephone operator at the Harbor Court Hotel, who survives him.

Services were held yesterday.

He also is survived by two sons, Richard E. Tisdale Jr. and Edward Tisdale, both of Baltimore; four stepsons, Gary Wilson of Laurel, Gilbert Artis of Williamsburg, Va., Gregory Artis of Baltimore and Curtis Wilson of Baltimore; two sisters, Priscilla Wilson of Baltimore and Nancy Hollman of Roxbury, Mass.; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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