William T. Beever, former owner of The Bake Shop in Glen Burnie, died of a respiratory illness Thursday at Easton Memorial Hospital. He was 77 and lived at Chester River Beach in Grasonville.
Mr. Beever was born in Baltimore, where he spent part of his youth. He was a graduate of Glen Burnie High School.
He was 14 when he began his apprenticeship at the bakery he would later own.
From 1943 to 1947, he served in the Navy as an electrician and was stationed in Guam, Hawaii and South America. He married Agnes Lester in 1947.
"He strung the first telephone lines on the island of Guam," his wife said.
When he returned to Glen Burnie, he managed The Bake Shop and earned a cake-decorating certificate in 1948.
In the early 1950s, he and his wife bought the bakery, which specialized in custom decorated cakes. The business later expanded to five bakeries, including shops at Fort Meade and Glen Burnie. The couple sold the business and retired in the late 1970s.
During his retirement, Mr. Beever maintained five apartments that he rented to Glen Burnie tenants.
Known as "Captain Bill," he frequently traveled and enjoyed playing cards. He also liked fishing and crabbing on the Chester River, his wife said.
He spent winters at a second home the couple maintained in Fort Myers, Fla.
Mr. Beever was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Grasonville Memorial Post No. 7464, the Bay Country Moose Lodge No. 831, the Glen Burnie Masonic Lodge No. 213 and the Boumi Temple of Baltimore.
He was a member of United Methodist Church in Glen Burnie.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newman Funeral Home, 106 Shamrock Road, Chester.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Beever is survived by a daughter, Sharon Lipisus of Centreville; a brother, Milton Beever of Glen Burnie; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
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