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CHRISTY, SR. , Robert Richard On April 28, 2012, Robert Richard Christy, Sr ., born May 14,1924 in Baltimore City to the late Robert Henry Christy and Mary Clare Beck Russell Christy, formerly of White Hall, MD, died at Northampton Manor Nursing Home in Frederick, MD, from complications of dementia. He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret Priscilla (nee Grafflin) Christy and the proud father and father-in-law of Robert Richard Christy and wife Linda Marie of Sykesville, MD, the late Priscilla Anne Christy Jones of Glen Rock, PA, Barbara Lynn Christy Berman and husband Michael of Frederick, MD, Joyce Howard Christy of Manchester, MD, Mary Gillet Christy of Seven Valleys, PA, Susan Elizabeth Christy Konz and husband Troy of Pleasant Prairie, WI and special daughter Akiko Mizuno of Chiba-ken, Japan. He was the much loved grandfather to Jennifer Lynn Christy, Deanna Marie and William Anthony Brooks, Justin Michael and Christy Lynn Berman and Andrew Stephen and Erin Elizabeth Konz, and the great-grandfather to Charlie and Autumn McClain. He is also survived by a dear sister-in-law, Anne Bradford Grafflin Karlsen and many treasured nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. "Rube" graduated from the McDonogh School in 1942. He served in the US Army during WWII, returned to Baltimore to marry "Peg" in 1946 and enjoyed 56 years of happiness with her. After his wedding, he used the GI bill and graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Engineering in 1950 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked briefly for Allied Chemical before beginning his career at Western Electric-Point Breeze in Dundalk. There he helped to design and implement the electroforming process of coating wire Friend to all, stranger to none, generous to a fault, he lived a life of intellectual pursuits sprinkled with the unexpected sailboat and canoe. He loved to read and to listen to classical music and was interested in everything. He bought the Encyclopedia Britannica for his children and promptly read it, cover to cover. He enjoyed camping near the beach and built his own trailer with a pop-up tent. He grew to love all things Irish and was a regular at Table 20 at McGinns. He took several trips to Ireland and so enjoyed playing the tin whistles that he figured out how to make his own. Many other plans never came to fruition and brought him the affectionate nickname "DW", as in "Daddy Was" going to do that. Over it all arched the love for his family.
Published in Baltimore Sun on May 1, 2012
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