Bernard Francis Bindeman Sr., a retired Koppers Co. tool and cutter grinder who was active in St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Southwest Baltimore, died Thursday of heart failure at St. Agnes HealthCare. He was 84.
A 30-year resident of Arbutus, he was born in Baltimore and raised on McHenry Street, and attended city public schools until leaving to help support his family.
For 30 years, Mr. Bindeman was a tool and cutter grinder at the Kopper Co.'s facilities on McHenry Street, and later on Hamburg Street. He retired in 1982.
Mr. Bindeman, who contracted polio at age 3, failed to let pain deter him from leading a full and useful life.
"He was long-suffering but never showed it. He was a very strong guy, and I always admired his grit," said the Rev. Michael J. Roach, former pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church.
"He was one of the pillars of St. Peter's parish who was utterly supportive and dependable. He was involved in everything the church did, from soup to nuts," said Father Roach, now pastor of St. Bartholomew's Roman Catholic Church in Manchester.
In his retirement, Mr. Bindeman enjoyed working on projects in his garage workshop.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Peter the Apostle Church, Hollins and Poppleton streets.
Mr. Bindeman is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Beatrice E. Arnold; a son, Bernard F. Bindeman Jr. of Katy, Texas; two daughters, Kathleen R. Charlton of Halethorpe, and Anne M. Breitenother of Relay; a sister, Catherine R. Parker of Elkridge; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.