Bernard A. Heath, 82, welder, duckpin bowler


Bernard A. Heath, a retired welder and duckpin bowler, died of multiple organ failure Thursday at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 82 and lived in Middle River.

Mr. Heath was born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown. He left school early to help support his family.

He worked as a cabdriver and at Rheem Manufacturing Co., makers of water heaters, until becoming a welder in 1965.

As a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 24, he worked on numerous construction projects, including the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania, the Carroll Island power plant and RFK Stadium in Washington. He retired in 1980.

In 1934, he was state marbles champion, family members said.

He was an avid duckpin bowler and bowled for many years at Eastpoint Lanes. He enjoyed playing pool and had visited 38 states with his family.

Mr. Heath's wife of 54 years, the former Hilda Williams, died in 1994.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in East Baltimore.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. today at Lassahn Funeral Home, 7401 Belair Road.

Mr. Heath is survived by a son, Allan R. Heath of Parkton; a daughter, Carole B. Payne of Salisbury; a sister, Lorraine Bennett of Baltimore; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Another son, Bernard A. Heath Jr., died in 1944.

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