Cockeysville's McCusker remembered for spirit, charitable works

Visitations are today, Tuesday, Aug. 28, and funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 29, for Patrick "Scunny" McCusker, of Cockeysville, the owner of two popular Baltimore restaurants, who died on Aug. 25.

Visitation periods are Tuesday, 1 to 4 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m., at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, in Anneslie, according to information on the home's website.

A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.,

McCusker owned Nacho Mama's and Mamas on the Half Shell in Canton.

The 49-year-old husband and father of two died after the bike he was riding collided with an Ocean City municipal bus, according to police. The circumstances were still under investigation as of Monday, Aug. 27.

State and local leaders paid tribute to the restaurateur, who supported such causes as the Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation, which supports a house at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin said in a statement that McCusker never met a charity that he did not support.

"Patrick 'Scunny' McCusker was the epitome of a life lived fully," said Cardin. "I am honored to have been among the hundreds who were fortunate to have been able to call him a friend."

McCusker opened the Tex-Mex restaurant Nacho Mama's on Elvis Presley's birthday in 1994. The success of that venture led him to open Mama's on the Half Shell.

McCusker was the husband of Jackie Falter McCusker; father of Darby R. and Finn P. McCusker; son of John C. McCusker and the late Joyce Tweedle McCusker; brother of Joseph F. McCusker; and son-in-law of Alice M. (nee Darby) and Frank H. Falter Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Believe in Tomorrow Childrens Foundation, 6601 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228.

Richard Gorelick and Sloane Brown of the Baltimore Sun contributed to this story.

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