Charles Warren West, a retired surveyor and bridge and road inspector for the Baltimore County Bureau of Highways who was also a tax preparer, died Wednesday of a heart attack at University of Maryland Medical Center.
The Woodstock resident was 80.
Mr. West was stricken while attending prayers at the St. Jude Shrine on North Paca Street and was taken to the nearby medical center, where he died.
"He was devoted to the Wednesday novena at St. Jude," said a daughter, Patricia A. Smith of Ellicott City.
Mr. West, the son of a Baltimore police officer and a homemaker, was born and raised in East Baltimore. He was a 1949 graduate of Polytechnic Institute.
Mr. West worked for 40 years as a surveyor and bridge and road inspector for Baltimore County before retiring in 1992.
He also had a second 40-year career as an income-tax preparer. He worked for a decade for H&R Block and, for the past 30 years until his death, for Steven Samuels PA.
Mr. West had served in the Marine Corps Reserve for a decade.
Mr. West had lived for 42 years in Catonsville before moving 11 years ago to the Courtyards at Waverly Woods Condominiums in Woodstock, where he served on the condo board and on other committees.
"He loved attending his grandchildren's athletic events and family crab feasts," Mrs. Smith said.
He was a communicant of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Roman Catholic Church, 10800 Old Court Road, Woodstock, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Also surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Mary Peters; a son, Robert C. West of Woodbine; two other daughters, Jeanne M. Wareheim of Ellicott City and Carol A. Bateman of Catonsville; and 11 grandchildren.