DUNDALK, MDGeorge Dayton Dodge, a mechanic and former fleet manager for the H&S Baking Co., passed away from cancer May 22 at a daughter's home. He was 80.

Born in Terra Alta, W.Va., and raised in Oakland, Garrett County, Dodge worked as a mechanic for Triangle Chrysler, Diamond Cab and as a fleet manager at H&S Bakery for 14 years, until retiring in the late 1980s.

In addition to insuring that the company's fleet of 75 trucks stayed on the road, he supervised a small staff of mechanics and oversaw the purchase of six to eight new replacement vehicles each year.

He even assisted in selecting the Lincolns that owner John Paterakis Sr. drove, reported the Baltimore Sun.

"George was with us for a long time. He was a good man and a very good mechanic," Paterakis told the Sun. "He was in charge of all of our trucks - anything that was mobile - and made sure there were never any problems."

At Dodge's request, there will be no services. A memorial wreath will be placed in the Atlantic in July from the Brown as it cruises off Norfolk, Va.

Surviving are his wife, the former Geraldine Lynch, from whom he had been separated for 15 years; four sons, Roger D. Dodge of Canton, Roy E. Dodge of Dundalk, Robert D. Dodge of Fells Point and Gregory L. Dodge of Austin, Ark.; four daughters, Rose M. Hall of Dundalk, Doris J. Dodge of Oakland, Jeanette A. Conte of Waverly, and Donna M. Sisler of Ellicott City; a stepson, Ronald A. Lynch of Dundalk; 21 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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Originally posted on Automotive Fleet