Mr. Cardin, the son of a soft drink manufacturer, was born and raised in a rowhouse at Baltimore and Ann streets.
He was a graduate of the Army-Navy Preparatory School and earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1929.
For many years, Mr. Cardin, who maintained a general law practice, was a partner in the Baltimore law firm of Cardin & Cardin.
Mr. Cardin, a Democrat, served in the House of Delegates from 1950 until 1966, when his nephew, Benjamin L. Cardin, won the seat. Benjamin Cardin now serves in the U.S. Senate.
In 1966, Mr. Cardin was appointed a commissioner of the state Worker's Compensation Commission by Gov. J. Millard Tawes, serving until 1979.
A Mason, Mr. Cardin had been a chancellor commander of the Knights of Pythias and was a past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star. He had been president of the Jewish National Fund of Baltimore.
For the past 30 years, Mr. Cardin had lived in Palm Beach, Fla.
Services were held Sunday.
Surviving are his wife of 68 years, the former Evelyn Franklin; a daughter, Marlene C. Teitel of Pikesville; two grandsons; and a great-grandson.