Edward J. Grabowski
Owned supply business
Edward J. Grabowski, who owned Ed's Mobile Home Supply in Elkridge, died Sunday of cancer at Howard County General Hospital. He was 69.
He lived on Washington Boulevard in Elkridge. He had operated the business, which specialized in heat pumps and air conditioners, for about 10 years.
From 1967 until he started the equipment business, he owned and operated the Elkridge Trailer Park. He and his brothers bought the park from their parents and then he bought out his siblings.
Before taking over the family business, the brothers had operated a driveway paving company.
Mr. Grabowski had also worked as a television repairman and briefly at the Westinghouse Electric Corp. plant in Linthicum.
Born in Baltimore, he served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.
He was known for his ability to fix things, once on a vacation trip repairing a portable television set with a toothpick and the silver wrapping from a stick of gum.
Interested in computers, he took a course at Catonsville Community College but he also liked to open them up and modify them.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Grabowski was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, Old Washington Boulevard and Augustine Avenue in Elkridge.
He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret C. Sroka; a daughter, Margaret M. Cramm of Arnold; three sons, Edward J. Grabowski Jr., Steve Grabowski and Donald M. Grabowski, all of Elkridge; five sisters, Joan Owens Shaneybrook of Florida, Catherine Clamp and Isabella N. Leaf, both of the Eastern Shore, and Viola I. Schoonover and Cecelia H. Hogan, both of Elkridge; a brother, Raymond P. Grabowski of Elkridge; and four grandchildren.
Perry L. Harris
Consulting firm executive
Perry L. Harris, retired vice president of a consulting engineering firm, died Monday at the Meridian Nursing Center-Long Green of complications from Parkinson's disease.
He was 72 and lived in Sparks.
He retired 10 years ago as a vice president of McNeill & Baldwin, mechanical and electrical consulting engineers, with which had been associated for 30 years.
Born in Detroit, he attended Michigan State University and later received an engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University.
He served as an officer in the Army in World War II and the Korean War, winning a Silver Star in the Battle of the Bulge.
A former president of the local chapter of the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers, he also served on the Baltimore County Plumbing Board.
He was a member of the Hopkins Club.
A memorial service for Mr. Harris was to be conducted at 7 p.m. today at Towson Presbyterian Church, Chesapeake and Highland avenues.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Kathryn Potts; a daughter, Denise Block of Stratham, N.H.; and four grandchildren.
Curtis Bay resident
Leo Howmiller, a retired worker at the old American Standard plant in East Baltimore, died Sunday at the Meridian Nursing Center-Hammonds Lane of cancer.
He was 78 and lived on Morrison Court in Curtis Bay.
He retired about 20 years ago after 26 years of service in the plumbing fixtures plant.
A native of Portage, Pa., who had worked as a coal miner, he served in Australia with the Army Air Forces during World War II.
Services for Mr. Howmiller were to be conducted at 1 p.m. today at the McCully Funeral Home, 237 E. Patapsco Ave. in Brooklyn.
His wife, the former Vera L. Martin, who was known as Tina, died in 1985.
Survivors include two stepsons, Jack T. Martin of Worcester, Mass., and Richard O. Martin of Riverview, Fla.; a sister, Rita Gales of New York City; and six grandchildren.
Frederick K. Bloom
Armco Steel manager
Frederick Kenneth Bloom, retired manager of the Baltimore Research Division of Armco Steel Corp., died of a heart attack Saturday at his home on West Wind Road in Towson.
The 78-year-old Calgary, Alberta, native spent a good part of his youth in Canada.
After receiving his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from George Washington University, Mr. Bloom went to work in Baltimore in September 1935 for Rustless Iron & Steel Corp. A naturalized citizen, Mr. Bloom was a member of the stainless steel technical advisory committee for the War Production Board from 1943 to 1945.
Rustless became part of Armco after the war, and Mr. Bloom remained with the corporation until his retirement in 1976 ended a career of more than 40 years. After retirement, Mr. Bloom became a volunteer with the Central Maryland chapter of the American Red Cross, interviewing blood donors.
He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd at Boyce and Carrollton avenues in Ruxton, where a memorial service is set for 2 p.m. tomorrow.
Mr. Bloom is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Elizabeth Hortense Davis; a son, F. Kenneth Bloom Jr. of Ritchfield, N.H.; and three grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial donations could be made to the American Red Cross, 4700 Mount Hope Drive, Baltimore 21215.