William A. Biddle
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 Mar yland 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 Incorporated, 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-inlaw 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 will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2 p.m. at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, Md., where relatives and friends may call from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Interment will be 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, Chester town, MD 21620; or Chestertown Volunteer Fire Co., 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