Lester J. Bartholomew, tax accountant

Lester J. Bartholomew, a retired tax accountant, died Saturday at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson of complications from a fall. He was 100.

Lester John Bartholomew was born in Reading, Pa., and later moved with his family to Laurel. He graduated from Laurel High School, where he had been a member of the school's tennis team.

He earned a degree in accounting from the University of Baltimore and from the 1940s through the 1970s was a tax accountant and treasurer of the Cannon Shoe Co.

Mr. Bartholomew later was a tax accountant for American Totalizator Co. and the Strut Group, a family-owned commercial and residential building firm, from which he retired in 1992.

He had been a resident for 40 years of Hampton Plaza apartments in Towson; earlier, he lived on Walker Avenue.

Mr. Bartholomew was a member for more than 55 years of the Country Club of Maryland, where he played golf several times a week and enjoyed playing gin rummy and poker with his golfing friends until he was 99.

"He was a sports fan and enjoyed watching sports, tennis, golf, the Ravens and the Orioles on his big-screen TV," said his daughter, Deborah E. Evans of Parkville.

In addition to being a world traveler, he enjoyed attending concerts of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and dining out in restaurants.

Mr. Bartholomew's favorite food was seafood, said his daughter, who added that her father worked out twice a week in the exercise room at the Presbyterian Home and urged others to join him.

His wife of 70 years, the former Eileen Lawson, died in 2006.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Bartholomew is survived by a son, John Bartholomew, an actor who is known professionally as Jonathan Bryce and lives in Timonium; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Barbara Lee Rey, died in 2006.


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