Stephen J. Banick
Real estate agent
Stephen Joseph Banick, a Towson real estate broker who was active in church affairs, died Christmas evening of a heart attack at his Lutherville home. He was 67.
Born in Akron, Ohio, he moved to Baltimore at the age of 12 to live with his aunt and uncle after his parents had passed away.
SC After graduating from Calvert Hall High School in 1944, he went to work at Banick's Food Market, his family's grocery store, which was then located on Luzerne Avenue in East Baltimore.
After his uncle's death in 1953, he took over as owner of the grocery store and relocated the business to Erdman Avenue in 1962. He sold the store in 1972.
He received his real estate broker's license in the 1950s, and began working for Grempler Realty Inc. after selling the grocery business. He started as an associate broker and eventually moved up to become manager of several offices, including Grempler's corporate headquarters in Towson.
In 1989, he was chairman of the brokers' managers' council of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors.
He was past Grand Knight and member of the Knights of Columbus Maryland Council 370, the group's General Assembly of the 4th Degree, the Knights' Alcala Caravan 16 and the Order of the Alhambra and the Monthly Communion Club of the Baltimore and Maryland councils. He was also the founding president of the Immaculate Conception School's PTA.
A funeral Mass was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Joan M. Szamski of Lutherville; two daughters, Mary E. Jasion of San Diego and Rosanne C. Banick of Lutherville; two sons, Stephen J. Banick Jr. of Bel Air and Joseph A. Banick of Timonium; two sisters, Gertrude Weirath and Pauline Byers, both of Akron, Ohio; and five grandchildren.
John H. Stanford Jr.
John Harwood Stanford Jr., an electrical engineer with the Baltimore Department of Education who worked for many years for the company that is now Martin Marietta Corp., died Sunday of congestive heart failure at his home in Baltimore. He was 74.
After employment with Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Ill., Mr. Stanford moved to what was then the Glenn L. Martin Co. in 1946 and did work associated with the Apollo and Mercury space missions in the 1960s.
For the last 20 years, he has worked in the Baltimore school system.
The Baltimore native, whose father was a lawyer and city magistrate, graduated from the Calvert and McDonogh schools. He was a 1940 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Engineering.
During World War II, he served as a lieutenant in the Electronics Training Group of the Signal Corps.
For years, he was on the Building Committee of the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation.
Mr. Stanford also was a stamp collector and a railroad enthusiast who enjoyed traveling on steam trains and collecting model trains.
He is survived by his wife, the former Clara Jones, whom he married in 1946; a daughter, Elizabeth Stanford Butterfield of Keene, N.H.; a son, John Harwood Stanford III of Baltimore; and one grandchild.
Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the cathedral's Building Fund.
John Nick Chirgott
Sheet metal foreman
John Nick Chirgott, a longtime resident of Essex and formerly a foreman at a sheet metal plant, died Sunday of lung cancer at his home. He was 73.
Born in Aliquippa, Pa., he moved to Maryland in 1942 to find work and had lived in Essex ever since. Mr. Chirgott worked for more than 30 years as a foreman for Astro Sheet Metal. He retired in 1983.
He was a member of the Essex Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Greek Orthodox Organization of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association.
After his retirement, Mr. Chirgott enjoyed fishing at Trails End, Va., where he and his wife owned a family campsite.
He also enjoyed cooking and baking and contributed to bake sales and fund-raising dances that benefited his late grandson's scholarship fund at Dundalk Community College. The grandson, Adam Copinger, died in 1988.
Services for Mr. Chirgott were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Maryland Avenue and Preston Street, Baltimore.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Chrysanthy Latgis of Essex; one son, John S. Chirgott of Hagerstown; four daughters, Paula J. McFaul of Forest Hill, Nickie A. Copinger of Wilson Point, Tina L. Lucas of Dundalk and Catherine S. Hooper of Honolulu; and 10 grandchildren.