Richard McCloskeyPurchasing directorRichard D. McCloskey, purchasing director...


Richard McCloskey

Purchasing director

Richard D. McCloskey, purchasing director for the Bruning Paint Co., died Wednesday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 55 and lived on Birchwood Avenue in Northeast Baltimore.

He had worked for Bruning for about a year and before then had been purchasing director for the Valspar Corp. He had been with Valspar and predecessor firms for about 20 years.

Earlier, he had been a purchasing agent for the old City Hospitals and for Bearings Inc.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Towson Catholic High School and attended Loyola College. In the 1960s, he served in the Air National Guard.

He was a member of the Baltimore Paint Society and the Baltimore Coatings Association, which gave him an award for his contributions to the industry.

He had served on the parish council at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church and was active in its Home & School Association. He was also a member of the Father O'Neill Council of the Knights of Columbus.

A Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Dominic's Church, Harford Road and Gibbons Avenue, Baltimore.

Mr. McCloskey is survived by his wife, the former Freida H. Wetzelberger; a son, Brian McCloskey of Baltimore; a daughter, Kate McCloskey of Baltimore; two brothers, Joe McCloskey and Gerald McCloskey Jr., both of Baltimore; and a sister, Sister Mary Gerald, D.C., of Bolivia.

Henry A. Fuggi

Naval battle survivor

Henry A. Fuggi, a paper products salesman who during World War II was a survivor of the sinking of the USS Lexington in the Battle of the Coral Sea, died Wednesday of cancer at his home on South Eaton Street in Baltimore.

He was 75 and had been a salesman for the Kane Bag and Supply Co. since 1968. Earlier he had worked since 1954 for the Whitaker Paper Co., which became Nationwide Paper Co.

Born in New Haven, Conn., Mr. Fuggi was a graduate of Hillhouse High School there and joined the Navy in 1938.

A machinist's mate, he was aboard the Lexington on May 8, 1942, when it was struck by torpedoes from Japanese planes.

A son, Joseph M. Fuggi of Bel Air, said that although his father liked to dramatize his escape, he got off the carrier on a life raft before the disabled ship was sunk by torpedoes from an American destroyer. Most of the rest of the crew was also saved.

In 1945, Mr. Fuggi was discharged with the rank of chief petty officer and married the former Merinda Polsinelli. They lived in New Haven and in Riverside, Calif., before settling in Baltimore in 1949.

He drove a taxicab while attending college and graduated in 1954 from the University of Baltimore with a degree in marketing.

In 1989, he was an extra in the movie "Avalon," which was filmed in Fells Point in Southeast Baltimore.

"You know, I don't know why they picked me," he said at the time. "I'm not a Baltimorean. I'm a Nutmegger from Connecticut. I've been down here more than I've been up there. I still have that New England accent."

But, his son said, he was disappointed that his scene was cut from the movie.

He was a member of the Dundalk Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Rosedale Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the USS Lexington Minutemen and the Glen Burnie Lodge of the Moose.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Pompei Roman Catholic Church, Claremont and Conkling streets, Baltimore. James Moffat, retired senior vice president in the Trust Department of the Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Co., died Wednesday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center after a stroke.

He was 76 and lived in Timonium. He retired in 1979 after having worked for Mercantile since he came to Baltimore after World War II.

Born in Johnstone, Scotland, but reared in New Jersey, Mr. Moffat was a graduate of Rutgers University and worked for Howard Savings Bank in Newark before the war.

During the war, he was a first lieutenant in the Army Air Forces and a B-17 pilot who was shot down over Germany in 1943. He spent 15 months as a prisoner of war. After he was liberated, he was awarded the Purple Heart because he injured his shoulder when he parachuted from his plane.

After the war, he earned a law degree at the University of Baltimore.

He was an elder and a member of the session at Faith Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday school classes and served on the church's fiscal planning committee. He also reorganized its memorial funds.

He did volunteer legal work at the Bykota Senior Center in Towson and was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons. He also belonged to the St. Andrew's Society.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at Faith Presbyterian Church, Loch Raven Boulevard and Woodbourne Avenue in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Mary Yurkewich; two daughters, Dana M. Phipps of Towson and Jamie M. Tucker of Lutherville; two sisters, Sara Moffat of Atascadero, Calif., and Effie Amon of Linden, N.J.; a brother, Archie Moffat of Bricktown, N.J.; and three grandchildren. Virginia Lee Etzel, assistant principal of Glenmar Elementary School in Middle River, died Wednesday of meningitis at Franklin Square Hospital.

She was 42 and lived on East Avenue in Fullerton. She was appointed assistant principal of the school this year.

A teacher in Baltimore County schools since 1973, she had been on the faculties at Fullerton, Riderwood and Shady Spring elementary schools. She was a reading specialist at Shady Spring.

In 1972, she taught at Immaculate Conception School in Towson.

Born in Baltimore, the former Virginia Lee Hogan was a graduate bTC of St. Matthew's School, Mercy High School and Towson State University. She earned a master's degree from Loyola College.

She was a member of the National Reading Teachers Association and the National Elementary School Principals Association and a former treasurer of the Fullerton Elementary School Parent Teacher Association. She was active in the Home School Association at St. Joseph's Church school in Fullerton.

Her husband, Michael C. Etzel, is assistant principal of Deep Creek Middle School in Essex.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Church, 8420 Belair Road.

She is also survived by two daughters, Michelle L. and Nicole L. Etzel, both of Fullerton; a brother, James J. Hogan Jr. of Overlea; and a sister, Kathryn Hrycej of Rosedale.

A. Virginia McJilton

Lived in Dundalk

A. Virginia McJilton, who lived in Dundalk for many years, died Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital of complications after surgery. She was 88 and had lived in Parkton in recent years.

The former A. Virginia Webster was a native of Sparrows Point and a graduate of Sparrows Point High School.

She started what is now the United Methodist Women at Dundalk United Methodist Church.

Her husband, S. Walter McJilton, operated an insurance agency in Dundalk before his death in 1978.

Services were set for 10 a.m. today at the Duda-Ruck Funeral Home, 7922 Wise Ave., Dundalk.

Mrs. McJilton is survived by three sons, Richard W. McJilton of Dundalk, W. Norman McJilton of Downingtown, Pa., and Marvin A. McJilton of Philadelphia; 12 grand- children; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Wilbur O'Donovan

Technical writer

Services for Wilbur W. O'Donovan, a retired technical writer, died Wednesday of pneumonia at Memorial Hospital in Easton.

He was 89 and had moved to Easton in 1957 after he retired as a technical writer for the Federal Aviation Administration. When he started working for the FAA nearly 30 years ago, it was known as the Civil Aeronautics Administration.

After moving to Easton, he commuted to Owings Mills for 10 years to work for the Bendix Field Engineering Corp.

Born in Baltimore, he attended the Polytechnic Institute before becoming a shipboard radio operator in 1920. He continued in that line of work until 1929 when he married Helen Caspari in Greensboro, N.C. She died in 1982.

He was a former vestryman of All Saints Chapel, an Episcopal church in Tunis Mills, where services were set for 2 p.m. today.

He is survived by a son, the Rev. Wilbur O'Donovan Jr. of Columbia, S.C.; a daughter, Patricia F. Brooks of Fletcher, N.C.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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