Capt. Joseph TowersPilot, photographerA memorial service was...


Capt. Joseph Towers

Pilot, photographer

A memorial service was conducted Aug. 20 at San Rafael Roman Catholic Church in San Diego for Capt. Joseph F. Towers, a former Catonsville resident who was killed in a crash of two Marine helicopters Aug. 16. He was 43.

Captain Towers, a Navy reservist, airline pilot and photographer, was aboard a Huey supply helicopter taking pictures when the craft collided with a Sea Cobra gunship 16 miles southeast of Santa Catalina Island, Calif. The pilot, Capt. Bret Macbain, 31, of San Diego, also was killed. Four other Marine aviators survived the collision.

Captain Towers grew up in Catonsville and was a 1968 graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High School. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972.

After graduating from Annapolis, he was stationed at North Island Naval Air Station, Coronado, Calif., where he was a pilot. Leaving the Navy in 1979, he became a commercial pilot for American Airlines, flying Boeing 767s out of Los Angeles.

An aircraft photographer whose work appeared in Aviation Week, Captain Towers recently won first place in Space and Technology magazine's annual photo contest. He recently completed 1994 calendars for American Airlines and a Wings at Sea calendar for the Navy and Marines. He was on assignment when he was killed.

He was married at the Naval Academy to Deborah Lilley of Elkridge in 1973.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his parents, Joseph and Josephine Torres of Linthicum; a son, Paul Towers of San Diego; a daughter, Lindsay Towers of San Diego; a brother, James Torres of Baltimore; and a sister, Jacalyn Bierman of Crownsville.

The family suggested memorial contributions to San Rafael Roman Catholic Church, 17252 Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego, Calif. 92128.

Jack S. Lazarus, a South Baltimore pawn shop owner, died of cancer at his Owings Mills home Friday. He was 65.

Mr. Lazarus, who worked for the Federal Hill Jewelry & Loan Co. in the mid-1950s and bought the business in 1979, was known to many people as the "unofficial mayor of South Charles Street," according to his son, Robert Lazarus of Owings Mills, who worked with him.

"He was a fixture in the neighborhood," recalled his son. "If there were no customers in the store, he'd stand out front talking to people and keeping his eye on things."

Mr. Lazarus grew up in the Pimlico area and attended city public schools. He was a 1946 honors graduate of Baltimore City College.

He joined the Army in 1946 and served with the occupation forces in Japan. He was discharged in 1949.

Lazarus married Rosalie Boyarsky of Baltimore in 1952.

He worked for several years at the Eastern Avenue Security and Loan Co., a pawn shop in East Baltimore.

People in the pawn shop business are supposed to be hard-nosed," his son said. "But my father was very compassionate, and he tried to find a way to help those who came into his store."

Mr. Lazarus enjoyed bowling and was an active bowler with the Covenant Guild Mixed League.

Services for Mr. Lazarus were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Sol Levinson Funeral Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

BIn addition to his wife and son, he is survived by a daughter, Joy Lichter of Pikesville; and a grandson.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Covenant Guild, c/o Ellen Katz, 7512 Slade Ave., Baltimore 21208.

Frank T. Capitano

Former restaurateur

Frank T. Capitano, a former restaurant owner and newspaper distributor who lived in Ellicott City, died Tuesday of complications from intestinal surgery at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 79.

Mr. Capitano owned and operated F & N Lunch for 11 years on Main Street in Ellicott City's historic district. Every day at dawn a group of regulars would gather outside the popular restaurant and wait for him to arrive.

In 1943, Mr. Capitano married the former Delora McGill, with whom he operated the restaurant.

Mr. Capitano sold the restaurant in 1966. It was converted to an antique shop several years later.

From 1968 until his retirement 12 years ago, Mr. Capitano was a distributor for The Baltimore Sun, delivering newspapers in the Ellicott City area.

In his spare time, Mr. Capitano enjoyed gardening. He also was a handyman, often doing repair work and minor home improvement jobs for his children.

Born and educated in Tampa, Fla., he opened his first restaurant there at age 35. He operated that business until the mid-1950s, when he moved to Ellicott City.

Mr. Capitano was a member of the Ellicott City Lions Club and was active in the Howard County Sons of Italy.

Services were conducted Friday at Witzke Funeral Home in Catonsville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Sandra Mills of Westminster and Beverly Foley of Ellicott City; a son, Anthony Capitano of Woodbine; and six grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to the American Heart Association.

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