David Edington, a retired McCormick & Co. executive, died of complications from hip surgery and bone cancer Sunday at his Roland Park home. He was 76.
Born David Hamilton Edington in Washington, he was the son of Wallace and Edrie Edington. He was a 1955 graduate of Washington's Eastern High School and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), where he played varsity football and ran track.
A member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, he served in the Army.
While at Western Maryland, he met his future wife, Joyce Lee, when she was a freshman in 1957.
Mr. Edington worked briefly for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and the Commercial Credit Co. before joining McCormick in 1962. He worked initially in human relations and later went into sales. He held a sales post in Chicago before returning to Baltimore as national accounts manager and vice president of national accounts. He retired in 1996.
"He was a salesman and was outgoing. At a dinner, he would work the room. He wanted everyone to feel good about themselves," said James I. Lewis, a longtime friend who lives in Towson. "He never had an unkind word to say about anyone else."
He enjoyed tennis, sailing in the Caribbean and off Cape Cod, and bridge. He played golf and was a member of the Towson Golf and Country Club.
He volunteered for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland and served on the condominium boards of Kings Grant in Fenwick Island and in Devon Hill in North Roland Park.
He enjoyed spending his summers in Delaware and winters in Sarasota, Fla.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave., where he was a member.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, a former travel agent and bookstore owner; a son, David Edington Jr. of Cockeysville; two daughters, Diana Mattingly of Phoenix in Baltimore County and Caryl Holoman of Greenville, N.C.; and six grandchildren.