Reginald C. Drew, 90, of Breezy Point, Maryland, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Mandrin Inpatient Care Center, Harwood, Maryland.
He was born June 17, 1924, to Lester and Ruth Drew Cook, and adopted by his uncle, Roscoe, and his wife, Mary Drew. He had a very happy childhood and, with his jet-black, curly hair and dimples, he was adored by all the ladies. He had an older brother, Victor Cook (deceased), and a half-sister, Margaret Poland Burlile Estep.
He graduated valedictorian from Columbian High School, where he was an all-state football player and wrestler. He entered the U.S. Merchant Marine in 1943 and served during World War II until 1947. He married Esther E. Shafer, and they had three children. His occupation as a sales engineer in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning industry took him and his family to various residences in five states: Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland. He was a past president of the Prince Frederick Rotary Club and a strong supporter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. He retired to Florida for 20 years. He spent his last years living with his son Tom in Breezy Point. He loved sailing, fishing, family, woodworking, the Redskins and homemade cherry pie.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther, and a son, Michael Drew.
He is survived by a daughter, Judy Merriman of Mount Airy, Maryland; a son, John "Tom" Drew of Breezy Point, Maryland; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will take place at a later date.
Memorial donations in his name may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake.
Rausch Funeral Home, 8325 Mount Harmony Lane, Owings, Maryland, (410) 257-6181, has been entrusted with arrangements.
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