J. D. Groseclose is dead at age 54 owned trash firm


A memorial service for J. Donald Groseclose Sr., former owner of a waste removal company, will be held at 3 p.m. today at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Owings Mills.

Mr. Groseclose, who was 54 and lived on McDonogh Road, died Wednesday of complications from cancer.

He formed J. S. & G. Inc. in Capitol Heights in the 1960s and sold the business to Browning-Ferris Industries in 1971. He continued to manage that operation until 1979, when he became medically disabled.

Before starting his waste removal company, he worked for C. M. Kemp Manufacturing Co. and Glenn L. Martin Co., now Martin Marietta Corp. He was also a manager at Arc Welding, and when he was a young man he worked in the materials laboratory at the State Roads Commission.

Mr. Groseclose was born in Abingdon, Va., and came to Baltimore with his family in 1951.

He graduated from City College in 1954 and attended McCoy College, the former night school at the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied engineering.

Mr. Groseclose was on the board of trustees at his church, and he and his wife were active in the parents' association at McDonogh School.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Elizabeth Horton Groseclose; four sons, J. Donald Groseclose Jr. of Annapolis, Glenn M. Groseclose of Randallstown, David H. Groseclose of Shawan and Steven J. Groseclose of Houston; and a granddaughter, Nina Coleman Groseclose.

He is also survived by his parents, Archie H. and Edith Barker Groseclose of Clearwater, Fla., and two brothers, Archie H. Groseclose Jr. of Clearwater and Richard G. Groseclose of Charlotte, N.C.

The family suggested contributions to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 10911 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills, Md. 21117.

Copyright © 2021, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad