- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2011

BALTIMORE (AP) — William Donald Schaefer, the four-term mayor of Baltimore and two-term governor of Maryland, was remembered Wednesday as a cheerleader who wasn’t satisfied until everyone shared his love for his city and state.

“He always had the right instinct that set the right tone and put Baltimore on the map,” longtime aide Lainy Lebow-Sachs said as she eulogized Mr. Schaefer at Old St. Paul’s Church. The 89-year-old Mr. Schaefer died April 18. He was Baltimore’s mayor from 1971 to 1986 and governor from 1987 to 1995.

A funeral procession with drummers, motorcycles, mounted police and a riderless horse escorted Mr. Schaefer’s casket through the streets of Baltimore from City Hall, where people had paid their last respects over two days. Hundreds lined the procession route and clapped as the hearse passed.

Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, Maryland Democrat, was one of the many politicians to stream into the church for the service.

“He was one of my mentors,” Mr. Ruppersberger said. “When I first ran for office, I went to William Donald Schaefer, and he said: ‘Do you want to help people? You want to make a difference? And we’re going to make Baltimore the best that we can,’ and he sure did that.”

Other politicians included Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Maryland Democrat; Gov. Martin O’Malley, also a Democrat; and Michael S. Steele, former Republican National Committee chairman and Maryland lieutenant governor.

Former first lady Kendel Ehrlich arrived wearing a large decorative black hat, which she said was a tribute to Mr. Schaefer’s love for an annual Baltimore flower show.

“It’s in honor of Governor Schaefer,” she said outside the church. “You know, he kept Flower Mart alive, and he just loved that event.”

Former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich said the hat was a tribute.

“It’s a celebration of life, and to celebrate his life, you have to add the laughter, because he used humor as a great tool in politics.”

Mr. Ehrlich, who got along well with the Democratic Mr. Schaefer, noted that Mr. Schaefer was not partisan or ideological.

“He never saw the world through R and D. Never,” Mr. Ehrlich said. “He cared about building things, and he cared about serving people and that’s all.”

Mr. Schaefer will be interred at a mausoleum at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium on Wednesday afternoon.


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