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Charles S. Fiske Jr., engineer with Whiting Turner and longtime Monkton resident, dies

Charles S. Fiske Jr., engineer with Whiting Turner and longtime Monkton resident, dies
Charles S. Fiske Jr. owned farms in Monkton and in Trappe in Talbot County. He died of May 4 at his Monkton home. (/HANDOUT)

Charles Stewart Fiske Jr., a retired official of the Whiting Turner Contracting Co., died of pancreatic cancer May 4 at his Monkton home.

He was 83.

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Born in Baltimore and raised on Wingate Road, he was the son of C. Stewart Fiske, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. engineer, and his wife, Elizabeth Leonard.

Known as Bunky, Mr. Fiske was a 1951 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, where he played lacrosse.

He obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Cornell University. He also had served in the Army Ordnance Reserve.

Mr. Fiske joined the Whiting Turner Contracting Co. and served as a vice president. He worked in structural steel, taking part in the construction of East Coast industrial plants.

Family members said he was involved in plant expansions and alterations for General Motors on Broening Highway, the Proctor and Gamble and Domino Sugar plants in Locust Point and at Baltimore Gas and Electric facilities.

He also worked in alterations and repairs to bridges throughout Maryland and adjoining states.

"Throughout his career he was strongly committed to camaraderie with his fellow engineers and construction crews and believed teamwork was key to project success," said a cousin, Richard Fiske of Seattle, Wash.

Mr. Fiske retired in 1995.

He bought a 30-acre farm in Monkton in 1966. He put in a large vegetable garden, where he grew squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, eggplant and peas. He also had 25 Hereford beef cattle and a series of golden and Labrador retrievers.

"He learned gardening skills during the World War II victory garden era," said his son, Andrew T. Fiske of Monkton. "He also shared his vegetables with friends and neighbors. He grew way too much."

In 1984, Mr. Fiske also bought a farm in the Trappe community of Talbot County. He had bought a log house kit and supervised its construction.

He enjoyed waterfowl hunting, boating and fishing on the Choptank and the Chesapeake Bay. He was also an accomplished cook. Family members said he smoked geese, steamed crabs and made crab cakes. He also roasted standing ribs of beef.

He enjoyed entertaining and ended his parties with fireworks displays.

He enrolled his 133-acre Trappe farm in an environmental land conservation trust to protect it from future development.

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He was a member and financial supporter of conservation, wildlife and charitable organizations that included the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, the SPCA of Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Ducks Unlimited and the Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage.

He was a member of Immanuel Episcopal Church in Glencoe.

Mr. Fiske's family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Evans Funeral Home, 16942 York Road in Monkton.

In addition to his son, survivors include a brother, David S. Fiske of Hagerstown; and twin grandsons. His marriage to Barbara Lee Derrickson ended in divorce.

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