Alvin Church
Alvin Church

Alvin Turner "Al" Church, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. surveyor, died Monday of complications from skin cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.

The longtime Cockeysville resident was 64.

The son of Glenn L. Martin Co. workers, Mr. Church was born in Wilkesboro, N.C., and moved with his family to Baltimore in the early 1950s; they settled in 1955 in Catonsville.

He was a 1966 graduate of Catonsville High School and attended what was then Catonsville Community College.

For many years, Mr. Church had worked as an office worker for General Electric Corp. in Columbia before taking a job as a BGE surveyor more than a decade ago.

Since last year, Mr. Church had been on a medical disability.

Mr. Church enjoyed owning and driving Corvettes. He was an avid gardener and thoroughbred horse fan.

"He also loved going to yard sales looking for stuff for us," said a daughter, Laurie Booth of Catonsville. "He wasn't a collector."

Mr. Church was a dog lover and interested in animal rights.

"Defenders of Animal Rights was very important to him," said his wife of 13 years, the former Mary Lease.

"He was a good father and husband. Everyone thought a lot of Al," said his sister, Patricia Shatley of Westminster.

Mr. Church was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday.

In addition to his wife, daughter and sister, Mr. Church is survived by a son, Eric Church of Violetville; another daughter, Amy Anderson of Catonsville; a stepson, Denny Wedekind of Delta, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Kristin Palmer of Monkton; and three grandchildren.