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Timothy P. Kline, produce vendor

He had owned his own business, T. Kline & Son

By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

3:24 PM EST, November 23, 2012

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Timothy P. Kline, a retired Baltimore produce vendor, died Nov. 13 of heart disease at his White Hall home. He was 67.

The son of a Domino Sugars supervisor and a homemaker, Timothy Peter Kline was born in Baltimore and raised in Randallstown.

He was a 1963 graduate of Milford Mill High School, where he played varsity football and baseball.

Mr. Kline began his produce career working for his brother, the late William A. "Bill" Kline, who owned Valene's Market on St. Paul Street in the city's Mount Vernon neighborhood.

He established his own produce business, T. Kline & Son, in the early 1980s.

"It provided quality produce to Baltimore's fine restaurants, some of which included Little Italy's Dalesio's, Henninger's Tavern, the Red Star, Duda's Tavern and Pierpont in Fells Point," said his son, Kenton A. Kline of Boxborough, Mass.

He joined L&M Produce in Jessup in the early 1990s, where he was produce manager. He retired in 2008 from Coastal Sunbelt shortly after it had acquired L&M Produce.

"He took great pride in the fresh fruit and vegetables L&M distributed that met his high standards," his son said.

Mr. Kline was an accomplished woodworker and enjoyed collecting and refinishing antique furniture.

Services are private.

In addition to his son, Mr. Kline is survived by a sister, Millicent Kennedy of Sarasota, Fla.; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. His marriage to the former Ruth Berger ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com