Patrick Ralph Haley
Patrick Ralph Haley, 44, an electrician in the Washington area before he moved to Florida in 1987, died Aug. 14 at a relative's home in Edgewater, Fla., while cleaning up from the effects of Hurricane Charley. He was crushed by a tree limb.
Mr. Haley was born in Washington and grew up in Clinton. He graduated from Surrattsville High School and attended Prince George's Community College. He worked for Beltway Alarm Services in Beltsville before becoming a licensed electrician. He worked for Muscatello Electric of Gaithersburg for several years before moving to Florida.
In Florida, he became a carpenter. He lived in Ormond Beach, Fla., until 2001, when he moved to Palm Coast, Fla.
His marriage to Sandy Haley ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of four years, Lynn Marie Haley of Palm Coast; his parents, Henry and Pearl Haley of Chesapeake Beach; and three brothers, Michael Haley of Gaithersburg, Timothy Haley of Sunderland and Lawrence Haley of Mount Airy.
Charles Frederick Bright
Charles Frederick Bright, 78, a retired publications specialist with the Navy Department, died Aug. 15 at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham of a blood infection. He lived in Davidsonville.
He was employed with the Navy Department for 35 years at the Washington Navy Yard, until retiring in 1986. He prepared manuscripts for the printers, making sure that the typeface, paper weight and other specifications were correct.
Mr. Bright was born in Washington and graduated from St. John's College High School. He entered the Navy in 1945 and served as a pharmacist's mate 3rd class.
Over the years, Mr. Bright lived in several places in the Washington area, including Bowie for 35 years.
He was active in the Sacred Heart Council of the Knights of Columbus. He ushered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bowie and at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.
He also volunteered at the South County Senior Center in Edgewater.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Angela T. Bright of Davidsonville; three children, Charles Michael Bright of Gambrills, Daniel Joseph Bright of Aiea, Hawaii, and Annemarie St. Jean of Davidsonville; a sister, Mary Ann Moschetto of Winchester; and five grandchildren.
Merle Lewis Shumaker
Navy Lieutenant Commander
Merle Lewis Shumaker, 83, a retired Navy lieutenant commander and engineer, died Aug. 18 at his home in Gambrills after a heart attack.
After joining the Navy as an enlistee in 1941 and serving on destroyers, he was selected for officer training and attended a naval preparatory school in Norfolk. He then entered the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1945.
He spent several years on Navy ships before teaching electrical engineering at the Naval Academy from 1950 to 1952. He served on icebreakers in the Arctic and Antarctic, accompanying Adm. Richard E. Byrd, the polar explorer, in his final journey to Antarctica in 1956.
Cmdr. Shumaker also helped decommission two U.S. Navy ships, the battleship Missouri and the transport ship Achernar. He was based in Washington on the staff of the commander of the Atlantic Fleet for two years before retiring from the Navy in 1958.
He then worked as a civilian engineer in the radar division of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, helping develop sonar for the detection of submarines. He was in charge of building a radar tower near Boca Raton, Fla. He retired in 1969.
Cmdr. Shumaker was born in Somerset, Pa. He designed his home in Gambrills, which was built in the early 1950s.
From 1954 to the 1980s, he was a member of the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a former president and chairman of the group.
He was an enthusiastic golfer who at his peak had a 6 handicap. He was a member of Crofton Country Club. In 1991, he won the championship of the Maryland Interclub Seniors Golf Association and was elected president of the group the same year.
His marriage to Edith Byrd Shumaker ended in divorce.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Anne Shumaker Elick of Hampstead, Md., and Priscilla Shumaker "Pat" Snyder of Davis, Calif.; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.