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Charles MarkowskiCharles “Steamboat” Markowski, former President of International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 953, passed away peacefully at his home on April 7 at the age of 72.

Markowski served the ILA on the Baltimore waterfront for 51 years.

“The name ‘Steamboat Markowski’ now takes its rightful place at the top of historic and legendary figures in the Port of Baltimore along with Richard Hughes and Helen Bentley,” said Harold Daggett, International President of the ILA. “As President of ILA Local 953, Steamboat delivered powerful ILA contracts benefiting his Baltimore members and their families.

“He was a man who loved his family, treasured the gifts that the ILA had brought him and always strove to make his family and friends feel welcomed and loved.”

A funeral was held at the Transfiguration Catholic Church in Baltimore on April 15.