William J. "Reds" DePaola Sr., a retired Baltimore City police officer, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Friday at his Perry Hall home. The former Cedarcroft resident was 76.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Pimlico, he was a graduate of St. Ambrose parochial school and worked for BGE before enlisting in the Navy during World War II. In 1952 he joined the Police Department and worked in the Northwestern District until his retirement in 1977.
After retiring, he worked for a decade as security chief and stable manager at Pimlico Race Course. He was also a coach for the Idlewood Little League and an usher at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church.
He was a member of the Centurioni Lodge of the Sons of Italy.
A funeral Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road, Fullerton.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Beatrice M. Cimino; four sons, William J. DePaola Jr. of Perry Hall, Andrew J. DePaola of Sparks, John F. DePaola of Davidsonville and Edward M. DePaola of Perry Hall; ; two brothers, Robert DePaola of Ocean Pines and Joseph DePaola of Finksburg; and 11 grandchildren.