Gifford J. Aguilar, baking executive

Gifford J. Aguilar, a retired Giant grocery stores baking executive, died March 24 of cancer at the Oak Crest retirement community. The former Loveton Farm resident was 95.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Martin Aguilar, a Spanish-born baker, and Aimee LeVeque. He was a 1939 graduate of Forest Park High School. During World War II he served in the Army Forces in Greenland and Labrador.

After the war, he joined his parents' bakery, Martin's, at 3207 W. Belvedere Ave. He opened other stores, including a bakery in the Woodmoor Shopping Center.

"He was known for baking with French influence, using real sugar, milk and cream, and did not use artificial products," said his son, Mark G. Aguilar, of Eldersburg.

He sold the Martin's bakery shops to the Silber's bakery chain and later joined Giant Foods, directing its in-store bakeries. He retired in 1987 as Giant's director of product development in Landover.

Mr. Aguilar was a longtime Baltimore Colts season ticket holder and attended the 1958 championship game at Yankee Stadium against the New York Giants. He was also a fan of the Ravens, Orioles, Maryland Terrapins and tennis. He also enjoyed playing golf in Maryland in Florida.

He traveled to Italy, England, Alaska, Switzerland, Hawaii and Cuba. He also enjoyed a 1995 family reunion in Vitre, France.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike in Hydes.

In addition to his son, survivors include a stepdaughter, Diane Sanders of Phoenix in Baltimore County; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His marriage to Claire Sellers ended in divorce. He wife of 52 years, Phyllis Cole, who sold women's clothing at Miller Brothers, died in 2013.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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