Emanuel Milford Sr., a retired steelworker and longtime Turners Station resident, died Thursday of esophageal cancer at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 80.
Mr. Milford was born and raised in St. Stephen, S.C., and began working in the foundry at Bethlehem Steel Corp's Sparrows Point plant after moving to Turners Station in 1952.
He retired in 1989.
Mr. Milford, who was known as "Manny," enjoyed taking daily walks around his neighborhood, watching Westerns on television and taking family vacations. He also liked fishing and sports.
"Manny and I went steady for three years, and I didn't know his name was Emanuel until we went to get our marriage license. We both got a big laugh out of that," said his wife of 41 years, the former Glennie M. Greene.
"Other than being a great brother-in-law, he was a great neighbor," said Casper Greene, whose family lived next door. "If we went out of town, he'd watch the house, grab the mail and make sure the trash was put out."
Mr. Milford liked to talk about his days growing up in South Carolina, family members said.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Greater St. John's Baptist Church, 209 Walnut Ave., in Turners Station.
Also surviving are two sons, Emanuel Milford Jr. of Gaithersburg and Douglas Milford of Gahanna, Ohio; two brothers, Theodore Milford of St. Stephen and Eddie Milford of Dundalk; two sisters, Elouise Middleton of St. Stephen and Flossie Segar of New York City; and three grandchildren.