Robert G. Jaharias, a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. supervisor who enjoyed collecting and driving vintage automobiles, died Friday of heart failure at his Sykesville home. He was 83.
Born in Frederick, Robert George Jaharias moved with his family in 1931 to Baltimore and several years later to Essex.
While attending Kenwood High School, Mr. Jaharias began working at Westinghouse. After graduation in 1947, he joined the company full time, eventually being promoted to installation supervisor.
"He traveled all over the state supervising the installation of telephone offices and relay stations. He even did work at Camp David," said a daughter, Beth Jaharias Zinkland of Perry Hall.
Mr. Jaharias retired from Westinghouse in 1987.
He and his wife of 64 years, the former Samaria Lee Poe, enjoyed traveling across country in their motor home and spending winters in Florida.
Mr. Jaharias enjoyed restoring telephones from the early 1900s and collecting antique automobiles.
"He drove me and my date to my prom in a 1932 Chevrolet. He also had a Model T with a rumble seat," said Ms. Zinkland.
"He'd buy cars that were in pristine condition or have them restored. With downsizing in recent years, he had one car left and that was a 1960 white Cadillac Coupe de Ville," she said.
Ms. Zinkland said her father enjoyed driving his cars in area parades.
Mr. Jaharias, who had lived in Sykesville since 1972, also had restored a 17-room farm house.
He was a longtime member of Middle River Baptist Church, where he became a church leader and substitute pastor.
Mr. Jaharias was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Sykesville.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Liberty Road, Winfield.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Jaharias is survived by his son, George Jay Jaharias of Farmersville, Texas; another daughter, Roben Jaharias Sanders of Sykesville; and three grandchildren.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun