Public Services Announced for Governor Schaefer

ANNAPOLIS (April 19, 2011) — Governor Martin O’Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced jointly today official plans for the late Governor William Donald Schaefer to lie in state at the Maryland State House and Baltimore City Hall on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

“Governor Schaefer’s life was spent in service to the communities he loved, and his unrelenting drive to ‘do it now’ was a constant pursuit of a better Maryland for the people he served,” said Governor O’Malley. “And so it is fitting that as we mourn the loss of Maryland’s indomitable statesman, the people of Maryland can celebrate his legacy properly.”

“William Donald Schaefer personally touched the lives of thousands of Baltimore City residents, and it is fitting to allow the citizens of Baltimore to pay their final respects at City Hall, where he dedicated so much of his life to serving our great City,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “For me, and for an entire generation of residents, he set the standard for what it means to be the Mayor of an American City.”

Governor Schaefer will lie in state at the Maryland State House in Annapolis beginning at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday, April 25th. A brief arrival ceremony will take place outside the Maryland State House at 10 a.m., and the State House Rotunda will be opened for public viewing at that time.

Monday afternoon, a special tour of Baltimore will be arranged for Governor Schaefer through the neighborhoods and landmarks of the City he spent his life defending. Planned route will be announced later this week.

From 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday, Governor Schaefer will lie in state at Baltimore City Hall, and again all day Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. City Hall Rotunda will be opened for public viewing during those times.

Funeral services will take place at Old St. Paul’s Church in Baltimore at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, and internment at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Hunt Valley following funeral services.

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