By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
Jan 09, 2013 | 4:27 PM
Lonnie Harris, a retired Continental Can Co. worker and an active church member, died Jan. 3 of respiratory failure at Northwest Hospital. He was 88.
Mr. Harris was born in Littleton, N.C., and after the death of his parents moved to East Baltimore, where he was raised by an aunt. He attended city public schools.
For more than 40 years until retiring in 1986, Mr. Harris worked at Continental Can Co., first as a factory worker, and later as a full-time shop steward. He also coached the company basketball team.
Mr. Harris, who lived for many years on Leighton Avenue in West Baltimore before moving to Pikesville five years ago, volunteered for the Great Blacks in Wax Museum. He had also been a Baltimore Colts fan and a season ticket holder.
"I didn't miss a game played at Memorial Stadium," he wrote in a biographical sketch. "I enjoyed watching my grandson play football and basketball, while also never missing my granddaughters' dance recitals and plays."