Benet Gary Hanlon, a former priest who founded the Beans and Bread soup kitchen and the Homeless Outreach Program in Fells Point, died of pneumonia Sunday at his home on Fleet Street. He had been ill for some time.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Hanlon, who was 51, will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Wolfe and Lombard streets.
In January 1981, then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer named Mr. Hanlon "Best of the Best for 1980" -- the highest recognition in the Baltimore's Best Awards -- for Mr. Hanlon's work with the poor at Beans and Bread, the soup kitchen on Aliceanna Street that he had opened in May 1977.
He left the priesthood in 1982. Since 1985, he was employed as a research analyst at Electronic Data Systems in Washington.
Mr. Hanlon is survived by his parents, Thelma and Gerald Hanlon of Scottsbluff, Neb.; three sisters, Karen Scharosch of Salem, Ore., Suella Hanlon of Long Beach, Calif., and Marcia Costello of St. Louis; three brothers, Kevin Hanlon of Portland, Ore., Gene Hanlon of Lincoln, Neb., and Edwin Hanlon of Chicago; and 12 nieces and nephews.
The family suggested memorial donations to Beans and Bread, 402 S. Bond St., Baltimore 21231, or to the Annapolis Chorale, P.O. Box. 4083, Annapolis 21403.