Wil­liam A. Bid­dle

Kent County News - - OPINION -

EAS­TON — Wil­liam A. “Pat” Bid­dle, ed­u­ca­tor, Bar­ber­shop singer, card player, hob­by­ist, fa­ther, grand­fa­ther and friend, passed away Nov. 29, 2018, at Can­dle Light Cove. He was 91 years old.

Pat was born March 17, 1927, in Chestertown to the late James Al­bert Bid­dle and the late Emma Louise Hazel Bid­dle. He was mar­ried to Martha Ann Smith Bid­dle for 44 years be­fore her death in De­cem­ber

2000. Ex­cept for his col­lege years, Pat resided in Chestertown until his move to Can­dle Light Cove in Eas­ton in 2014.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Chestertown High School Class of 1946, he at­tended Washington Col­lege be­fore com­plet­ing his as­so­ciate’s de­gree at Wes­ley Ju­nior Col­lege in 1950. In 1952, he earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from West­ern Mary­land Col­lege. In 1965, he earned a master’s in ed­u­ca­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion from West­ern Mary­land Col­lege.

Pat had a 35-year ca­reer in ed­u­ca­tion, all with Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools. He was a mu­sic teacher for six el­e­men­tary schools, and for Sudlersville Ju­nior and Se­nior High School start­ing in 1952. Be­gin­ning in 1964, he was prin­ci­pal of Sudlersville High School for one year be­fore Queen Anne’s County High School opened. Af­ter that, Pat served as prin­ci­pal of Sudlersville Mid­dle School, a po­si­tion he held for 10 years. He rounded out his ca­reer as su­per­vi­sor of in­struc­tion from 1975 to 1987. The years Pat spent work­ing at Sudlersville were per­haps the most re­ward­ing of his ca­reer as he de­vel­oped re­la­tion­ships with stu­dents and teach­ers, many of whom be­came his clos­est friends.

Dur­ing his ed­u­ca­tion ca­reer, Pat saw a need for trou­bled youth in Kent County. He was in­stru­men­tal in cre­at­ing an al­ter­na­tive to in­car­cer­a­tion when he worked to found Kent Youth Inc., a ju­ve­nile group home in Chestertown. He served as pres­i­dent of the board for Kent Youth Inc. for 10 years.

He was a mem­ber of Christ United Methodist Church, where he was a Sun­day school teacher, board mem­ber, choir mem­ber and choir direc­tor.

Pat was ar­tis­ti­cally gifted. When his son was in Boy Scouts, Pat helped teach the club how to cast and paint lead fig­urines. This de­vel­oped into a plea­sur­able hobby for Pat. He spent many years sell­ing his hand-cast and hand-painted fig­ures at craft shows in the area, es­pe­cially the ben­e­fit craft show in Chestertown held yearly Thanks­giv­ing week­end. When­ever he trav­eled, he took his fig­ures with him to sell at gift shops. Stores and in­di­vid­u­als across the na­tion ea­gerly col­lected Pat’s work. His other in­ter­ests in­cluded col­lect­ing coins, stamps and Kent County post­cards.

Pat had a beau­ti­ful singing voice and en­joyed many years singing in and di­rect­ing bar­ber­shop quar­tets and cho­ruses. Pat sang for many wed­dings and fu­ner­als through­out his life­time and was hon­ored to sing at his son’s wed­ding.

He was also an avid base­ball and soft­ball player, and was in­ducted into the lo­cal soft­ball hall of fame. He also coached women’s soft­ball in Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties. Pat had a reg­u­lar Fri­day night poker game and Sun­day night Chestertown rummy game at which he ei­ther “won” or “lost” $3.

In ad­di­tion to his par­ents and wife, he was pre­de­ceased by his brother James Al­bert Bid­dle, who died in 1939. He is sur­vived by his son Glen, his daugh­ter-in-law Bar­bara and their chil­dren Gabriela, Clau­dia and Nathan, all of Eas­ton.

Pat Bid­dle al­ways had a song in his heart, a smile on his face and a kind word on his lips. He was a rare, won­der­ful per­son and a bless­ing to his fam­ily and friends.

A ser­vice was held Wed­nes­day, Dec. 5, at Fel­lows, Helfen­bein and New­nam Funeral Home, Chestertown. In­ter­ment was in Ch­ester Ceme­tery, fol­low­ing the ser­vice.

In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made in his mem­ory to the Kent-Queen Anne’s Res­cue Squad, P.O. Box 126, Chestertown, MD 21620; or Chestertown Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, P.O. Box 296, Chestertown, MD 21620; or Tal­bot Hospice, 586 Cyn­wood Drive, Eas­ton, MD 21601.

On­line con­do­lences may be sent to the fam­ily at www. fh­n­fu­ner­al­home.com.

WIL­LIAM A. BID­DLE

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