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Drowned worker was 'nice young man'

November 22, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

A 22-year-old Cavetown man, one of three men who drowned Wednesday while working in a culvert in Baltimore, was described by friends and family as a good bowler who loved the sport.

Michael Shawyer of 22426 Goose St. was employed by Concrete General in Gaithersburg, Md. He and the other men were repairing a culvert when water from heavy rains rushed into their work area, Baltimore County fire officials said.

According to a police spokesman, the men had returned to the culvert to get their tools.

Shawyer worked for the company for five years, sometimes as a laborer, sometimes as a foreman, George Kagey, company controller, said Friday.

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"He was a good employee," Kagey said. "He was a nice young man."

Shawyer bowled at Dual Lanes, an alley on Dual Highway.

"I knew Michael and I knew his family," said Todd Smith, Dual Lanes manager. "They all bowl here."

Shawyer, who has been bowling since he joined the junior league, "was a pretty good bowler," Smith said. Shawyer's average in the tenpin lanes was 186, Smith said.

He bowled in the Saturday Night Newcomers' League, so named because it is one of the newer leagues, Smith said.

Rickie Fraley, 24, another bowler, described Shawyer as "a nice guy who would do anything for anybody."

"He was a pretty decent kid," said Shawyer's aunt, Virginia Shawyer of Hagerstown. "He loved his two daughters."

Among Shawyer's survivors are his wife, Karen Renee Mann Shawyer, 21, and two daughters, Mary Ann and Heather.

- Staff writer Richard F. Belisle and The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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