The partners then established four Ice Cream Tree stores with locations in Towson, Hamilton, Kenwood and Dundalk, where 36 hand-dipped flavors were available along with such house specialties as banana splits, sundaes, shakes and sodas.

They later established the Steak & Rib Restaurant in the 5600 block of The Alameda in the late 1960s. It became the S & R Banquet Hall after the steakhouse moved to the 1600 block of E. Joppa Road near Baynesville in the 1970s.

While diners listened to music, they dined on thick-cut prime filet, stuffed jumbo lobster tail and the house specialty of French onion soup "served in a crock topped with Parmigiana cheese and baked to a golden brown," according to one newspaper reviewer.

In the 1980s, the partners dissolved their partnership, with Mr. Gill's son taking over his father's former stores while his nephew took over his brother Lloyd Gill Sr.'s interests.

In addition to the food business, Mr. Gill became a partner with William Steiner and established Atlantic Promotions, which brought to Baltimore such musical acts as Roger Williams, Johnny Mathis, the Kingston Trio, and the Dukes of Dixieland.

Mr. Gill was an active member of the Gardenville Lions Club and supported the Maryland School for the Blind.

He was a member of Eagles Nest in Phoenix, Baltimore County, where he enjoyed playing golf. He also was a sports fan.

A religious service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, with graveside services being held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road.

In addition to his son, Mr. Gill is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Gertrude Heilman; two daughters, JoAnn Gill-Becker of Towson and Linda Catherine Gill-Griffith of Delta, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com