Raymond P. Maher Sr., advertising manager and longtime Catonsville resident, dies

Raymond P. Maher Sr., a former real estate advertising manager for the Baltimore Sun whose career spanned more than four decades, died April 12 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his home in Cape May, N.J.

The former Catonsville resident was 90.

The son of Thomas Frances Maher Sr., a salesman, and Florence O'Donnell Maher, a homemaker, Raymond Paul Maher Sr. was born in Washington and moved in 1928 to Catonsville with his family.

He attended Loyola High School for three years, then left to enlist in the Navy in 1945. He was discharged with the rank of seaman first class the next year.

He completed his high school education in 1947 at The Gilman School which had a special program for returning veterans who had not yet obtained a high school diploma.

After that, Mr. Maher attended Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., where he graduated in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in general science.

He worked as a salesman before joining the advertising department of The Baltimore Sun in 1954. At the time of his retirement in 1989, he was real estate advertising manager.

While living in Catonsville, he was a member of on organization that promoted civil rights and ending segregation. From 1974 to 1982, he also held leadership roles in the New Democratic Club of Catonsville, and from 1982 to 1988 served on the Baltimore County Board of Election Supervisors.

Mr. Maher enjoyed vacationing in Cape May and, after retiring from The Sun, moved there permanently in 1989 and immersed himself in that community's cultural and civic activities.

He joined the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities and led tours of Cape May including the historic Victorian Emlen Physick estate, built in 1879 for Dr. Emlen Physick, who never practiced medicine but preferred the life of a gentleman farmer. Mr. Maher portrayed Dr. Physick in theatrical re-creations of Victorian life in Cape May.

He also worked in Crystal Persuasion, a boutique jewelry shop owned by his wife and daughter.

In 2011, the City of Cape May honored Mr. Maher for his membership and work with the Shade Tree Commission, Environmental Commission, Planning Board, Mayor's Advisory Council and the Board of Taxpayers Association.

He was an avid vegetable gardener and animal lover who kept dogs, cats, several horses and four goats.

Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday at the Spilker Funeral Home, 815 Washington St., Cape May.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Joanne Carroll; four sons, Raymond P. Maher Jr. of Port Elizabeth, N.J., James Maher of Baltimore, Donald Maher of Sparks and David Maher of Greene, Maine; four daughters, Meghan Daudelin of Baltimore, Trish Maher-Mediuch and Josie Maher, both of Cape May, and Missy Beltran of Knoxville, Tenn.; two brothers, P. Kenerick Maher of Baltimore and Erney Maher of Chestertown; three sisters, Emma Gaines of Ruxton, Florence Cromwell of Santa Fe and Mary Donna Anand of Mumbai, India; a foster son, Richard McClung of Clearwater, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen

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