Richard W. Warfield Sr., shipbuilding manager and World War II veteran, dies

Richard W. Warfield Sr., a former Maryland Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. manager who sailed with the merchant marine during World War II, died Tuesday of complications from dementia at Future Care Canton Harbor.

He was 91.


The son of William H. Warfield Sr., a Washington Navy Yard electrician, and Catherine M. Warfield, a homemaker, Richard William Warfield Sr. was born at home on Lancaster Street in Fells Point.

After graduating in 1942 from Polytechnic Institute, he entered the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., from which he graduated in 1944 at the top of his class, said a son, Richard W. Warfield Jr. of Glen Burnie.


Mr. Warfield sailed aboard Liberty ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II as first assistant engineer in the engine room.

Discharged in 1946, he went to work as a stationary engineer for the old Baltimore Transit Co.

In 1951, he began his career at the old Maryland Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. on the Patapsco River across from Fort McHenry as a ship superintendent.

"He managed a number of ship repair and conversion projects, including tanker 'jumboizing' efforts pioneered by Maryland Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. during the 1950s and 1960s," his son said.

Mr. Warfield held other positions at the yard and was director of production at the time of his retirement in 1985.

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A resident of South Potomac Street in Canton for 70 years, Mr. Warfield was an avid duckpin bowler.

"He and the late Ed Wojowski won the National Doubles Duckpin Championship in 1960 that was held in Richmond, Va.," his son said. "In March 1967, he achieved a rare duckpin feat when he bowled a three-game set of 503. As part of that effort, he bowled a personal-high 210 game."

Mr. Warfield was an Orioles fan and a Baltimore Colts season ticket holder, and was in New York with his wife in 1958 to see what has been called "The Greatest Game Ever Played," when the Colts, in sudden death, beat the New York Giants 23-17 for the NFL championship.


He was a member and former president of the Maryland Marine Club and a longtime member of the Tuppenny Club.

Mr. Warfield was a communicant of St. Casimir Roman Catholic Church, 2736 O'Donnell St., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 70 years, the former Charlotte M. Zielski; another son, William H. Warfield III of North Point; two daughters, Kathleen W. Gray of Canton and Meredith Piccinni of Bel Air; a sister, Agnes Malec of Ashburn, Va.; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by three daughters, Leslie S. Warfield in 1983; Sharon W. Cudnik in 1989; and Kimberly W. Milkowski in 1997.