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Man dies after fall from roof


An Eldersburg businessman died at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown Monday night after he fell nearly 20 feet while attempting to repair the roof of his Liberty Road warehouse.

Michael Gerard Malstrom was caulking a leak at Corvette Specialties, a car parts, service and restoration business, when he slipped about 6:45 p.m. He had been a partner in the business since 1989.

Mr. Malstrom had celebrated his 41st birthday Saturday. He also was president of M.G.M. Electric Co., an electrical contracting firm.

Mr. Malstrom was pronounced dead about 8 p.m. at the hospital, where he was taken by the Sykesville Fire Company medic unit.

An autopsy showed that Mr. Malstrom died of internal, head and back injuries, said Dr. James Locke of the state medical examiner's office.

State police classified the incident as an accident, said Tfc. Matt Jones of the state police in Westminster.

Yesterday, friends remembered Mr. Malstrom as a quiet, private man who was generous with the circle of people who knew him.

"He was very unselfish, giving and a special kind of man," said Brian Tilles, Mr. Malstrom's partner and owner of Corvette Specialties for 17 years.

The two had just incorporated Specialty Motors, a business to sell Corvettes they restored, Mr. Tilles said.

A 1970 graduate of Calvert Hall College in Towson, Mr. Malstrom was described as a man driven to make his dreams a reality.

"He was constantly working on a new project, inventing new projects and designs and making them come to fruition," Mr. Tilles said.

Frank Clary, Calvert Hall's treasurer, said Mr. Malstrom was a hard worker and very supportive of his alma mater.

"He had done some [electrical] projects at the school for us and did a tremendous job," Mr. Clary said.

Mr. Malstrom's work, restoring and working with the Corvettes he loved, was his pleasure, Mr. Tilles said. In addition to his wife, Carolyn Joyce Malstrom, Mr. Malstrom is survived by a daughter, Christine Lynn Beach-Rybikowsky of Westminster and his parents, Geri and William Joseph Malstrom Jr. of Parkville.

He also is survived by eight brothers and sisters: Bill Malstrom III and Paul Malstrom, both of Phoenix; Barbara Rodgers, Tim Malstrom, David Malstrom and Carol Malstrom, all of Parkville; Chris Malstrom of Edgewood; and Tom Malstrom of Towson.

Friends may call at the Haight Funeral Home in Sykesville from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow.

The funeral liturgy will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Liberty Road in Eldersburg.

Interment will be private.

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