Joseph George DiCarlo, retired owner of a masonry firm and former business manager of Local 1 of the bricklayers and masons union, died of a heart attack Wednesday at Franklin Square Hospital.
Mr. DiCarlo, who was 62, began his career as a bricklayer in 1951. He held a number of union positions before becoming business manager in 1970, and was a delegate to the Bricklayers' International Union.
He resigned from the union position to start Master Masonry Inc.
His company won contracts to repair and build blast furnaces in New York and Massachusetts, and locally for Bethlehem Steel Corp. Other projects included the United States Naval Academy's Luce Hall, the Arnold Wastewater Treatment Plant and an addition to City College.
He was elected president of the Masonry Institute of Maryland in 1974.
Mr. DiCarlo ran the company until 1978, when a heart attack forced him into semiretirement.
In 1981, he became a taxi driver for the Yellow Cab Co., and during 3 1/2 years there he formed the Cabbies Association, a union for taxi drivers. He resumed bricklaying about five years ago.
A native of Baltimore who grew up in Little Italy, Mr. DiCarlo attended St. Leo's Elementary School and Patterson Park High School before entering the Marine Corps.
Mr. DiCarlo was a 1948 graduate of the Strayer School of Music and played trombone as a young man.
He earned his high school equivalency in 1976, and took courses at the Maryland Institute, University of Maryland and Essex Community College.
Mr. DiCarlo built model airplanes and was an avid reader. He was a member of the Parkville American Legion post.
Mr. DiCarlo and his wife of 25 years, the former Eleanor Masters, lived for many years in Hamilton until moving to White Marsh in 1992.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Dundalk. The family suggested donations to the American Heart Association.
In addition to his wife, Mr. DiCarlo is survived by two sons, Joseph DiCarlo Jr. of Towson and Guy Michael DiCarlo of Rosedale; three daughters, Gemma Gorrell of Stewartstown, Pa., Teresa Heim of Rosedale and Nancy Mikles of Severna Park; two sisters, Faye Galiano of Towson and Marie Monaghan, of Hamilton; and 12 grandchildren.