Colin P. Hollingsworth, a retired bag company executive and World War II naval veteran, died Friday of respiratory failure at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson. He was 99.
Mr. Hollingsworth was born and raised on a Church Hill farm that had been in his family since 1668.
After graduating from Church Hill High School in 1928, he entered Washington College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1933.
He moved to Baltimore and began his business career as an $18-a-week shipping clerk at the Grafflin Bag Co. on Philpott Street that manufactured and sold feed and flour bags made of burlap, jute and cotton.
Mr. Hollingsworth enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and after officer training at the Naval Academy was assigned as an engineer aboard the USS Mimosa, a submarine net-layer.
He was later promoted to captain of the vessel, which served in Panama, Peru, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Saipan and Tinian.
After the end of the war, he returned to Baltimore, where he returned to the bag company. He remained active in the Navy Reserve and attained the rank of lieutenant commander.
He retired from Grafflin in the 1980s.
Mr. Hollingsworth, who lived for many years on Valley Lane in Towson, enjoyed playing bridge, bowling and attending Baltimore Colts, Orioles and Ravens games.
His wife of 43 years, the former Helen Brookhart, died in 1993.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 N. Cross St., Chestertown.
Mr. Hollingsworth is survived by a sister, Ann Hollingsworth McLain of Chestertown, and five nieces.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun