Walter A. "Buddy" Sweeney

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Walter A. "Buddy" Sweeney, 92, of Westminster, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at Sun Valley at the Meadows Assisted Living.

Born Dec. 12, 1920, near District Heights, he was the son of the late Philip and Annie Radtke Sweeney. He was the husband of Mildred Worthington Sweeney, his wife of almost 68 years, who died March 23, 2012.

He spent his early years working on his family farm and other farms in the area. He served as an aircraft mechanic in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Following the war, he and his brother operated an automotive service station. He later worked for the Andrews Air Force Base Exchange, and later for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where he retired in 1985.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and liked day trips and other travel with his wife. He also enjoyed gardening, working on cars and visiting yard sales, farmers' markets and craft shows. His greatest pleasure was helping others, whether it be family, friends or strangers.

Surviving are a son, Richard Sweeney, of Westminster; daughter and son-in-law Sue and Calvin Bragunier, of Milton, Fla.; grandchildren and spouses Dawn and Eugene Sauls, Jennifer and Dalon Echols and Andy and Jennifer Bragunier; great-grandchildren Zachary, Rachel, Morgan, Emalee and Avery; cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends.

He was predeceased by siblings Philip Sweeney Jr., Samuel Sweeney and Helen Barnhouse.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster, where a prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m.

Visitation will also be held from noon until the time of a funeral service, 1 p.m. Friday at Church of the Epiphany, 3111 Ritchie Road, Forestville, with the Rev. Prince Decker officiating. Interment, with military honors, will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, 11301 Crain Highway, Cheltenham.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Gilchrist Hospice Care Inc., 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 434, Columbia, MD 21045.

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Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on Nov. 5, 2013
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