Cap­tain Eldridge E. Mered­ith

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Cap­tain Eldridge E. Mered­ith, 91, on Mon­day, June 26, 2017, passed peace­fully at Anne Arun­del Med­i­cal Cen­ter, sur­rounded by his fam­ily. Born Feb. 23, 1926 on Kent Is­land, MD, he was the son of the late Cap­tain Earl E. Mered­ith and Eve­lyn J. Mered­ith. In ad­di­tion to his par­ents, he was pre­ceded in death by Mar­garet Ann, his wife of 60 years; and sib­lings: Bessie, Emma, Geral­dine, Va­lerie and Ver­non.

Cap­tain Mered­ith at­tended Queen Anne’s Pub­lic Schools un­til he left to pro­vide for his fam­ily. Cap­tain Mered­ith en­listed in the United States Navy in 1942. The Navy of­fered more op­por­tu­ni­ties for African Amer­i­cans than other branches of the seg­re­gated armed ser­vices. He left the Navy as a Chief Petty Of­fi­cer and re­turned home to Kent Is­land where he in­cor­po­rated his life lessons learned in the navy in his long ca­reer as a water­man.

Cap­tain Mered­ith be­came an in­no­va­tor, ex­pand­ing his tra­di­tional role of a water­man to a flour­ish­ing char­ter boat busi­ness and restau­rant owner. He has men­tored nu­mer­ous African Amer­i­can Cap­tains in the area and his ac­com­plish­ments on the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay will con­tinue to leave a his­toric im­pact on the State of Mary­land.

On Feb. 23, 2017, Cap­tain Eldridge E. Mered­ith be­came the 101st Ad­mi­ral of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and the 5th African Amer­i­can to re­ceive this des­ig­na­tion. This pres­ti­gious award in­sti­tuted by Gover­nor Tawes in 1959 to rec­og­nize in­di­vid­u­als for life-time com­mit­ments to the con­ser­va­tion and preser­va­tion of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. Cap­tain Mered­ith’s nom­i­na­tion was submitted by the Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and ap­proved by Gover­nor Larry Ho­gan. One of Cap­tain Mered­ith’s many quotes “I love the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. She has been good to me and I have been good to her.”

He leaves to cher­ish his mem­ory, his wife Mag­gie Fer­gu­son; one brother, Robert; two sons: Eldridge Jr. and Cap­tain Ty­rone; four daugh­ters: Rita (late), Vera, Tara (Maurice), Sheila; seven grand­chil­dren: Cor­nell, Capri, Chan­nel (Fred­er­ick), John, Tavia, Tyrell, Aviana; and four great-grand­chil­dren: Bri­ana, Jay­lynn, Jonathan, Bryson; and a host of fam­ily and friends.

The fam­ily will re­ceive fam­ily and friends at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege Todd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter & Theatre, 1000 Col­lege Cir­cle Drive, Wye Mills, MD 21679 on Thurs­day, July 6. The view­ing will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The Cel­e­bra­tion of Life will be­gin at 1 p.m.

Ar­range­ments by Reese and Son’s Mor­tu­ary, P.A., 1922 For­est Drive, An­napo­lis, MD 21401, 410-268-6015 or 800-750-1323.

In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made in his mem­ory to the Kent County Adult Day­care, 125 S. Lynch­burg St., Ch­ester­town, MD 21620, or Sa­cred Heart Catholic Church, 508 High St., Ch­ester­town, MD 21620.

On­line con­do­lences may be sent to the fam­ily at www. fh­n­fu­ner­al­home.com. on Satur­day, July 8, at Our Mother of Sor­rows Catholic Church in Cen­tre­ville, Md.

In honor of Will’s wishes and zest for life, his fam­ily sug­gests wear­ing golf-style at­tire such as polo shirts and Ber­muda shorts to the vis­i­ta­tion on Fri­day. For the Mass on Satur­day, please come in com­fort­able re­sort wear in bright col­ors and pat­terns. Hawai­ian shirts are strongly en­cour­aged.

In lieu of flow­ers, Will’s fam­ily re­quests that you con­sider a con­tri­bu­tion in Will’s name to St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hos­pi­tal, 501 St. Jude Place, Mem­phis, TN 38105, or at www.stjude.org.

For on­line con­do­lences, please visit www.fh­n­fu­neral home.com. Skin­ner, a daugh­ter Janet L. Skin­ner and a sis­ter Pauline Thomp­son.

A funeral ser vice was held on Thurs­day July 6, 2017 at Fel­lows, Helfen­bein & New­nam Funeral Home, P.A. in Cen­tre­ville. Burial was in Church Hill Ceme­tery. In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Compass Re­gional Hospice 160 Cour­se­vall Drive, Cen­tre­ville, MD 21617 or St. Paul’s United Methodist Church P.O. Box In­gle­side, MD 21644.

For on­line con­do­lences, please visit www.fh­n­fu­neral home.com.

CAP­TAIN ELDRIDGE E. MERED­ITH

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