William S. Stack Sr., a retired insurance executive and vegetable gardener, died Wednesday of heart failure at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 83.
Mr. Stack was born in Baltimore and raised on Arlington Avenue. In his youth, he helped his family operate a lunch wagon that supplied food to workers at the B&O; Railroad's Mount Clare shops.
After graduating from City College in 1942, he worked briefly in Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Key Highway shipyard building Liberty ships. He was drafted into the Army Air Forces, where he served in Europe as a clerk.
After the war, he returned to Baltimore and went to work in 1945 as a clerk for Balland-Zimmerman Agency, a Light Street insurance company. He later rose to sales representative, co-owner and finally owner of the business that later moved to Commerce and Water streets.
He retired in 2003.
He raised corn, tomatoes, watermelons, green beans and sweet potatoes on a quarter-acre plot at his Linthicum Heights home, where he had lived for many years. He sold the homegrown produce to his neighbors.
A trained tenor, Mr. Stack often was a soloist at weddings and funerals.
His wife of 55 years, the former Susie P. Buckmaster died in 2001.
He was a member of the choir of Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday.
Surviving are two sons, W. Stewart Stack Jr. and Paul E. Stack, both of Catonsville; two daughters, Elaine S. Stack of Glen Burnie and Jean M. Gavigan of Finksburg; two brothers, Charles Stack of Randallstown and Thomas Stack of Linthicum; and eight grandchildren.