Bernard R. MinorOwned Sun routeBernard R. Minor,...


Bernard R. Minor

Owned Sun route

Bernard R. Minor, who owned a delivery route for The Sun for 25 years, died Saturday at the Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown of a heart attack. He was 74.

He purchased his first newspaper route in the Edmondson Village area in 1958 and eventually owned and operated a route in Randallstown. He retired in 1982.

"He was one of the last of the Sun route owners under the old system," recalled his stepson, Jack Grimm, a distributor for the newspaper in Catonsville. He said his stepfather was most proud of getting his papers delivered to all of his customers, especially during snowstorms.

Mr. Minor was born in Richmond, Va., and was educated in the city's schools, graduating from high school in 1936. He also earned an associate degree from Baltimore Junior College in 1958.

He moved to Baltimore in 1937 and went to work in The Sun's circulation department. In 1942, he joined the Army and saw World War II service with Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army in Europe. He was discharged in 1946 as a master sergeant and returned to Baltimore, where he was purchasing agent for Flynn and Emhrich, a steel fabricating firm. He rejoined The Sun's circulation department in 1957.

He was president and vice president of the Sun Route Owners Association during 1961-1962.

An environmentalist and outdoorsman, he was a hiker and often went mountain climbing near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and in the Colorado Rockies.

In 1955, he married the former Thelma Wanner, of Owings Mills, who died in 1987.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Loring Byers Chapel, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

In addition to his stepson, he is survived by two sons, Jamie Minor of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Rick Minor of Grand Junction, Colo.; two sisters, Caroline Currin and Jane Marable both of Richmond; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Thomas Cosgrove Sr.

Film distributor

Thomas B. Cosgrove Sr., a former motion picture distributor and theater manager, died Monday at Virginia Beach (Va.) General Hospital of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The former Timonium resident was 66.

Mr. Cosgrove, who at one time lent money to stage and screen stars Marge and Gower Champion, who were momentarily penniless, spent his professional life as a film distributor in the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia areas.

He moved to Virginia Beach in 1975 when he became executive director of the Price Theater chain of movie theaters. He retired in 1990 but continued to manage two motion picture theaters that he owned.

He began his career in 1947 when he became a regional distributor for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Brothers, Twentieth-Century Fox and National General.

He got to know many Hollywood stars because of the personal appearances they made at theaters showing their films.

"He got a big laugh out of having to lend money to the Champions," recalled his wife, the former Wanda Gray of Baltimore, whom he married in 1947. "He used to say, 'Imagine, my having to lend money to them out of my measly salary and they're stars.' "

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Jack Cosgrove, a reporter with the old News-Post for 47 years. Reared in Mount Vernon Place, he attended the Cathedral School, Calvert Hall Country School and the Polytechnic Institute, from which he graduated in 1943. At Poly, he was a member of the baseball, basketball and swimming teams. He also studied sales and marketing at the University of Baltimore.

He joined the Navy in 1943 and served aboard the submarine tender USS Orion which was stationed in Panama during World War II. After his discharge, he worked in the News-Post's classified advertising department from 1945 to 1947.

An enthusiastic sports fan, he tried never to miss an Oriole game on television and had just finished watching a game at home when his condition worsened on Aug. 25.

"We had season tickets to the Colts from the beginning," said Mrs. Cosgrove. "We were going when they were only drawing 400 per game. Tom could quote sports statistics, players and facts for hours."

A memorial Mass is to be offred at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Family in Virginia Beach.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Cosgrove is survived by two sons, T. Barton Cosgrove of Virginia Beach and Brian G. Cosgrove of Aquasco; a daughter, Carson C. Miller of Baltimore; two sisters, Joy Cosgrove Phillips of Virginia Beach and Geraldine Ciotti of Belmont, Mass.; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, ALS Research.

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