Gerard J. Callanan, a retired insurance company lawyer who was active in several Irish cultural organizations, died Monday at Keswick Multi-Care Center of complications of dementia. He was 76.
The son of Michael J. Callanan, a Revere Copper & Brass Co. executive, and Madeline A. Moylan Callanan, a homemaker, Gerard Joseph Callanan was born in Baltimore and raised in Ten Hills and later Homeland.
He attended the old Mount Washington Country School for Boys and graduated from Loyola High School in 1955. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1959 from what is now Loyola University Maryland, and his law degree in 1963 from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Mr. Callanan was an attorney for more than 30 years for the old Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland. He was named assistant general counsel in 1979, a position he held until retiring in 1993.
"He was a very, very nice guy and was brilliant as an attorney," said Gene Bonner, a Perry Hall musician who worked in the underwriting department at Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland. "He was just an outstanding gentleman."
A former Towson resident who had lived in Roland Park for the last decade, he liked to travel to Ireland, New England and Ocean City.
He was an active member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the Emerald Isle Club and the Hibernians.
Mr. Callanan played poker with the same group of friends for nearly 50 years, said his companion of more than 25 years, Kathryn Marr of Roland Park.
He was a Baltimore Colts, Orioles and Ravens fan, and enjoyed watching collegiate and high school sporting events.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. May 7 at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.
In addition to his companion, Mr. Callanan is survived by his twin sister, Ellen Marie Seymour of Hedgesville, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.