Sweeney Smith said she worked with Booth on Catonsville's annual Fourth of July Parade for many years.

In fact, Booth served as grand marshal of the parade in 1998.

She noted that Booth offered his front yard as a staging area for the parades each year and the Catonsville Fourth of July Committee counted on it as a place to gather before the marching began.

"We've enjoyed it, believe me," Joanne Booth said. "I hope it can continue."


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Booth, an Arbutus native and member of the Class of 1959 at Mount St. Joseph High School, was a developer who invested time and effort into the community, said 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk, who represents Catonsville and Arbutus.

"Tom was a great person to work with," Quirk said.

He added that they had been "actively engaged" in a couple of revitalization projects in the area.

"I'm shocked by the news," he said. "My sincere condolences go out to his wife and his family."

Booth was born Dec. 11, 1941, to Bill and Cecilia Booth, of Arbutus, one of five children.

After graduation from Mount St. Joe, he served two years in the United States Navy and graduated from the University of Maryland.

He married the former Joanne Peterson, of Baldwin, on July 20, 1968. The couple have two sons.

Booth was a longtime member of the Rolling Road Golf Club, served on the board of trustees for Mount St. Joe and was very involved with the Community College of Baltimore County's Catonsville campus.

He was also a parishioner at St. Mark Church, where his wife said he was instrumental in the construction of the parish center on Winters Lane.

In addition, he donated funds and materials for the No. 8 Streetcar Path.

"He loved his children and his grandchildren," his wife. "And he was always ready to help anyone in need."

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Thomas Booth Jr., of Catonsville, with wife, Lynnea, and Michael Booth, also of Catonsville, with wife, Laurie; two grandchildren, Jackson Booth and Addison Booth; and three brothers, William Booth, of Frederick, with wife Sue; James Booth, of Catonsville, with wife, Dorene; and Michael Booth of Medfield, Mass., with wife, Mary Kate; several nieces and nephews; and longtime trusted and valued employee Janet King.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Kasten, who died in 2007, and her husband, Roi, who died in 2010.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Mount St. Joseph High School, 4403 Frederick Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229, or to St. Mark Catholic Church, 27 Melvin Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228.