Obituaries

  • Cassandra 'Sandy' Christian, bartender at the Whistling Oyster, dies

    Cassandra 'Sandy' Christian, bartender at the Whistling Oyster, dies

    Cassandra “Sandy” Christian, a local bartender recalled as a free spirit with a sympathetic ear, died in her sleep of a heart attack July 6 at her Dundalk home. She was 73. Born in Baltimore and raised in O’Donnell Heights and Pimlico, she was the daughter of James “Mox” Toy, a railroad worker,...

  • John G. 'Jack' Wharton, noted real estate attorney, dies

    John G. 'Jack' Wharton, noted real estate attorney, dies

    John G. “Jack” Wharton, a real estate attorney who served as mentor to generations of young lawyers, died June 18 from heart failure at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. The former North Baltimore resident was 91. “Jack was outgoing and felt very comfortable ... meeting new people...

  • Shirley E. McGuire, bookkeeper

    Shirley E. McGuire, bookkeeper

    Shirley E. McGuire, a former bookkeeper who enjoyed baking, died July 3 from complications of a stroke at North Arundel Health and Rehabilitation Center in Glen Burnie. She was 94. Shirley Elaine Mills was born in Baltimore, the daughter of Clarence W. Mills, founder of C. Mills Inc. Horse Transportation,...

  • Capital Gazette victim Rob Hiaasen remembered as a writer with a deft and gentle touch

    Capital Gazette victim Rob Hiaasen remembered as a writer with a deft and gentle touch

    Rob Hiaasen, a feature writer and editor recalled for the deft and understanding touch he applied to his off-center stories, will be remembered Monday at a private memorial service. He was one of the five staff members killed Thursday at the Annapolis Capital Gazette. The Timonium man was 59. “Rob...

  • Dr. Basri Sila, noted child psychiatrist, dies

    Dr. Basri Sila, noted child psychiatrist, dies

    Dr. Basri Aras Sila, a retired child and adolescent psychiatrist who practiced in Mount Vernon and Lutherville, died June 2 of acute leukemia at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Ruxton resident was 87. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, he was the son of Zuhtu Sila, a banker, and his wife, Adile Sila....

  • Raquel Sanudo, longtime Howard County official, dies

    Raquel Sanudo, longtime Howard County official, dies

    Raquel Sanudo, a retired Howard County chief administrative officer recalled for her firm but friendly management style, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer at Encore of Turf Valley. The Ellicott City resident was 75. “Raquel contributed to the quality of life in Howard County,” said Howard County...

  • Harry M. Will, mechanical engineer, dies

    Harry M. Will, mechanical engineer, dies

    Harry M. Will, a mechanical engineer who founded his own company with projects ranging from hospitals and education facilities to industrial buildings, died Tuesday form multiple myeloma at Talbot Hospice in Easton. The former Lutherville resident was 86. Harry Martin Will was born in Baltimore...

  • Willie J. Gray, a local pioneering African-American KFC franchisee, dies

    Willie J. Gray, a local pioneering African-American KFC franchisee, dies

    Willie J. Gray, a Baltimore businessman who became a pioneering minority franchise owner for Kentucky Fried Chicken, died June 19 of a cardiac arrest at Lehigh Valley-Muhlenberg Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa. The Govans resident was 76. Geneva Thomas, a West Baltimore resident and fellow KFC franchisee,...

  • Kevin L. Dougherty, salesman, dies

    Kevin L. Dougherty, salesman, dies

    Kevin L. Dougherty, a retired salesman and sports fan, died June 16 of a heart attack while vacationing in San Diego. The former Towson resident was 65. Born in Baltimore and raised on Susquehanna Avenue in Towson, Kevin Lawrence Dougherty was the son of William L. Dougherty, a handyman, and Patricia...

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