Fred A. Whiting, a former Baltimore County public schools maintenance worker and sports fan, died Dec. 20 of cancer at Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 72.

Mr. Whiting was born in Baltimore and raised on Division Street and Druid Hill Avenue.

After graduating in 1956 from Douglass High School, Mr. Whiting went to work as a machinist at Revere Copper and Brass Co. in Southwest Baltimore.

In the early 1960s, he established Fred's Tavern and Convenience Store at North and Warwick avenues. He sold the business in 1984.

For 20 years, until retiring in 2003, Mr. Whiting was a boiler maintenance engineer for Baltimore County schools.

The longtime Edgewood Street resident was an Orioles and Ravens fan.

He was a member of New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St., where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Mr. Whiting is survived by his wife of two years, the former Pearl Williams; two daughters, Kim Y. Whiting of Baltimore and Monica Davis of Joppatowne; his mother, Ellen E. Cherry of Baltimore; four sisters, Anne L. Lightfoot, Barbara H. Johnson, Carolyn E. Bailey and Bernadette R. Whiting, all of Baltimore; two stepsons; three stepdaughters; and many nieces and nephews. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.

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