Unlimited Access. Try it Today! Your First 10 Days Always $0.99


News Obituaries

John F. Requardt Jr., businessman

John Frederic Requardt Jr., a retired businessman who enjoyed sailing, died Feb. 10 of complications from a stroke at William Hill Manor in Easton.

The one-time Trappe resident was 92.

The son of a lawyer and a homemaker, Mr. Requardt was born in Baltimore.

He was the grandson of Marie Oehl von Hattersheim Bauernschmidt, a well-known Baltimore political crusader for more than 40 years who died in 1962.

Mr. Requardt attended Gilman School and graduated in 1939 from the Kent School in Kent, Conn. He later was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame for his prowess in crew, football and hockey.

Because he was colorblind, Mr. Requardt was unable to join the Navy during World War II, and served as a merchant marine purser aboard ships in North Atlantic convoys.

After the war, Mr. Requardt settled in Talbot County and worked for Brewer Dry Dock Co. of Staten Island, N.Y. In the 1960s, he began developing Bachelors Point, an Oxford marina, which he owned and operated.

He retired in the 1970s.

For 30 years, he and his wife, the former Nancy Burroughs Firth, whom he married in 1974, lived aboard the Aweigh, a 68-foot motor yacht he had built.

The couple sailed between Indiantown, Fla., Savannah, Ga., the Eastern Shore, and Boca Grande, Fla., their home port, until settling in Trappe in 2002.

Mrs. Requardt died last year.

Other boats Mr. Requardt owned included the Onawa Squirt, a 24-foot runabout, and the Halcyon, a 38-foot Matthews cruiser.

Mr. Requardt enjoyed working on his boats and at area boatyards, helping other boat owners solve their problems.

He was a member and twice commodore of the Tred Avon Yacht Club and had been a member of the Royal Nassau Sailing Club, Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club and the Boca Grande Yacht Club.

No services are planned.

Surviving are two sons, John F. Requardt III of Ruxton and William S. Requardt of Easton; three daughters, Kip R. Vaughan of Oxford, Wendy Caroline Requardt of Trappe and Hope H. Requardt of Sandwich, N.H.; two stepsons, Tom Firth of Bethesda and Dick Firth of Trappe; two stepdaughters, Caryl Firth of Palm Beach, Fla., and Nandy Corson of Trappe; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. An earlier marriage to the former Kathryn Kip Humphreys ended in divorce.


Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Notable Md. deaths archives
    Notable Md. deaths archives
  • Morton J. 'Morty' Macks
    Morton J. 'Morty' Macks

    Morton J. "Morty" Macks, an influential and innovative developer who founded Chesapeake Realty Partners, which grew into the Baltimore metropolitan area's largest family-owned homebuilder, died April 30 at his Delray Beach, Fla., home of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 90.

  • Lynne Dowell
    Lynne Dowell

    Lynne Dowell, a retired Towson University director of academic advising who was also a poet, died of cancer Saturday at her Mays Chapel home. She was 76.

  • Raymond J. Hiser, artist
    Raymond J. Hiser, artist

    Raymond J. Hiser Sr., a retired illustrator who was a volunteer aboard the Liberty ship S.S. John W. Brown, died Saturday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of pneumonia. The Cockeysville resident was 89.

  • James L. Bradley
    James L. Bradley

    James L. Bradley, an influential and beloved English teacher who taught at Owings Mills High School for more than 30 years, died Saturday at Carroll Hospital Center of complications from Lyme disease.

  • Margaret P. Kookogey, secretary
    Margaret P. Kookogey, secretary

    Margaret P. Kookogey, a retired executive secretary and a longtime Towson resident, died April 26 of pancreatic cancer at a son's Lutherville home. She was 95.

  • Ella L. Lomax
    Ella L. Lomax

    Ella L. Lomax, a cosmetologist and a homemaker who raised and cared for more than 30 foster children for nearly half a century, died April 27 at her Ashburton home of congestive heart failure. She was 99.

  • Gary S. Lewis
    Gary S. Lewis

    Gary Selfe Lewis, who expanded a family-owned janitorial supply house with consumer-oriented do-it-yourself extermination kits and other products, died of meningitis April 26 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Monkton resident was 72.