Elkridge has lost its most beloved centenarian. On Sunday, Oct. 6, Stanley J. Marc, 101, of Elkridge, died.
He was mostly referred to as Pop or Uncle James, as his immediate family, extended family and all the "friends like family" were scattered all over Elkridge, up and down Old Washington Road, and throughout the various neighborhoods that sprouted up over the years.
A move into the suburbs of Howard County from the Canton area of Baltimore City and the old Polish neighborhood that flourished around St. Casimir Catholic Church was a big change for a young man and his bride. Marc attended night school to learn the tool and die making trade, and went to work at the Martin Marietta Co. in Middle River in 1938.
His 35 years at Martin Marietta merited him countless contributions to many historic aviation projects such as bombers, the Matador missile, Titan rockets, the Gemini project, NASA training capsules, Skylab, and the Space Shuttle programs.
As an integral member of the early space program mission teams at Martin's, Marc qualified to have his name forever etched on one of the mission monuments — specifically the Apollo Mission monument — on the Space Walk of Fame in Titusville, Fla., located on the coast near the Kennedy Space Center.
Pop took early retirement in 1973, which gave him time to catch up on projects around the house, travel with his bride, Angie, and spend quality time with his grandchildren, many of whom lived within walking distance.
Pop liked watching sports, and the Baltimore Orioles were, of course, his favorite hometown team. His favorite personal "sport" was playing cards, whether it was a weekly game of poker with the men from the St. Augustine Holy Name, or playing pitch at the kitchen table with family and friends.
As his youngest son, David, said in the eulogy at his funeral mass, "Pop, you may not have been a Johnny Unitas, Brooks Robinson or the President of the United States, but you were a great man … a wonderful father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle. We love you, we will miss you and we will never forget."
He was the beloved husband of the late Angela G. Marc (nee Roscoe); loving father of Nancy M. Wright (Willard), Ronald Marc, Andrea del Rosario (Rolando), Frederick Marc (Cheryl), David Marc (Debbie) and Margaret Dunklee (Craig); and beloved grandfather to Karen Marx, Noel Davis, Steven Wright, Gabriel Gundersen, Alexander del Rosario, Katherine Dunklee and Anna, James, Michael, Joseph and Mary Angela Marc; as well as seven great grandchildren.
The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department is gearing up for its 23rd annual Holiday Food Drive, a benefit for residents in Elkridge, Hanover and the surrounding communities. Monetary donations are especially helpful at this point as the department plans this year's drive.
Unfortunately, hungry children, struggling families, seniors on low fixed incomes and unemployed "breadwinners" are an ever-growing population and the EVFD is asking for your help. Checks should be made out to the EVFD, and can be mailed to 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge MD 21075.
As the holidays draw near, donations of perishable and nonperishable foods can be brought to the station or given to Santa and Mrs. Claus on their annual neighborhood fire truck visits. If you have any questions or need assistance with pick-up, contact Joe Slavotinek at 410-984-1796.
With prizes like Pandora, Coach, Michael Kors and Vera Bradley, you don't want to miss the Howard High School PTSA Pandora & Bags Bingo on Saturday, Nov. 16. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the games begin at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church social hall, 4795 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City.
Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, and the concessions will be open for refreshments. Email Sharon and Mitzi at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Sharon Stencil at 443-803-4105 or Mitzi Kenyon at 410-579-8209.