Thomas MacfarlaneConstruction executiveThomas L. Macfarlane, a Cockeysville...

Thomas Macfarlane

Construction executive


Thomas L. Macfarlane, a Cockeysville construction executive and avid horseman, died Friday at St. Joseph Hospital of complications from a fall. The Sparks resident was 54.

Mr. Macfarlane was president of Macfarlane Construction Ltd., a company he founded 25 years ago. He was past vice president of the Baltimore Highway Contractors Association and a member of Associated Builders and Contractors.


Mr. Macfarlane was president and an original member of the Mount Carmel Hounds. He also was whipper-in.

He competed successfully in many timber races, among them the Howard County Point-to-Point and the My Lady's Manor Timber Race.

Mr. Macfarlane and his mount, Clis, were a familiar sight at many timber racing events.

He delighted area residents young and old by dressing as Santa Claus and arriving at their homes on horseback for holiday visits. Children would be transfixed by Santa Claus riding a horse into their yard and greeting them by name.

Mr. Macfarlane was born and reared in Baltimore County, living in Ashland and Sparks as a child. He graduated from Towson High School. In 1962 he married the former Lynn Reagan.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Amy Lynn Macfarlane of Sparks; his mother, Cathrine E. Macfarlane of Hunt Valley; two sisters, Anna Macfarlane Canoles of Sparks and Molly Macfarlane Migliorini of Lanham; a brother, John Macfarlane of Sparks; and 12 nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mount Carmel Hounds, c/o Carl Shaffer, Master, Yeoho Road, Parkton 21120.

Services were held Monday.


Benson F. Raver Jr., owner of Raver's Prime Meats and Delicatessen in Towson, died July 12 of cancer at his Towson home. He was 58.

He had started the business in 1975 in the Dulaney Valley Shopping Center and moved to York Road below the Beltway in 1986.

Earlier, he had worked for 17 years as a butcher for the Joseph S. Parker Co., a food store on Allegheny Avenue in Towson, and for a time for the Perry Hall Market.

He had also worked as a lineman for the Marble Electric Co. and in the Towson plant of the Black & Decker Corp.

He was a native of the Owings Mills area and a graduate of Towson High School. He served in Korea with the U.S. Marine Corps in the mid-1950s.

He is survived by his wife, the former Louise Bell; three sons, John C. Raver, Joseph C. Raver and Benson F. Raver III, all of Towson; two daughters, Stacey L. Hill of Phoenix, Ariz., and Tina T. Raver of Manchester; his mother, Mary Ellen Raver of Cub Hill; his father, Benson F. Raver Sr. of Macclenny, Fla.; four sisters, Barbara E. Wentz of Jacksonville, Fla., Shirley B. Lingelbach of White Marsh, Joyce E. Kraus of Hampstead and Ann M. Kuyaw of Joppatowne; two brothers, Davis Raver of Macclenny and Steven Raver of Cub Hill; and three grandchildren.


Services were held Saturday.

Lionel J. "Joe" Barnes, a florist and wedding coordinator, died Thursday at Liberty Medical Center of a brain tumor. He was 35.

He attended Easton High School, but spent most of his life in Baltimore.

After studying interior design at Virginia Commonwealth University, he returned to Baltimore and worked as a floral designer for several city shops, most recently at Lord Baltimore Florists and Flowers By Chris.

Recently, he had also worked as a caterer and wedding coordinator.

"He was born with the ability to work with flowers and really enjoyed it his whole life," said Angela Starks, his niece. "He especially liked to make arrangements for his family and friends.


"He knew about his illness for a long time and had everything together for his family. He told me he would like to have a lot of flowers at his funeral, especially his favorite, tulips."

Survivors include three sisters, Ivy Barnes and Shelley Barnes, both of Baltimore, and Gwendolyn Barnes of Dover, Del.; three other nieces; and a nephew.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

Edmund C. Woelper

Coastal Steel salesman

Edmund C. Woelper, a salesman for the Coastal Steel Co. for more than 30 years, died July 13 after an apparent heart attack at a Richmond, Va., golf course.


He was 65 and lived in Parkville.

Born in Baltimore, he attended McDonogh School and graduated from City College and the University of Baltimore.

He played baseball and wrestled at City and played baseball at )) the University of Baltimore. A catcher, he played for a short time for the International League Baltimore Orioles before being drafted and serving in the Navy during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sandra D. Melchor; two sons, Edmund F. Woelper II of Ocean City and Randy T. Woelper of Parkville; a brother, Ben F. Woelper of Rosedale; and two grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday.

Walter Fitzpatrick


Retired welder

Walter C. Fitzpatrick, a retired welder, died Thursday of lung cancer in his Fleet Street residence. He was 65.

He worked for three decades at Weaver's Welding on Philpot Street until he was forced to retire because of illness.

Born in Baltimore, he attended city schools and served in the Navy from 1946 to 1949.

"He enjoyed woodworking and made cradles, lawn ornaments and window boxes which he gave away to his family, neighbors and friends," said Joan Cook, a niece.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, the former Daisy Donaldson; three sons, James Fitzpatrick, Francis Fitzpatrick and Vurl Fitzpatrick, all of Baltimore; four daughters, Sarah Riger, Ruth Wilson, Gloria Wilson and Ethlyn Fitzpatrick, all of Baltimore; a brother, Rudy Fitzpatrick of Alabama; three sisters, Evelyn Shires of Crownsville, Nancy Tyson of Mississippi and Ella Mae Burson of Alabama; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Services were held Monday.

Mary Louise Vickers

Teacher, volunteer

Mary Louise Vickers, who had been a teacher and volunteer, died July 12 of heart failure at the Health Care Center at Roland Park Place. She was 89.

She had moved to the retirement community in 1987 from nearby Roland Park where she had lived for 50 years.

The former Mary Louise Lemon was a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of Central High School and George Washington University in the District of Columbia.


She moved to Roland Park after her marriage in 1927 to James Kennedy Vickers, a civil engineer and homebuilder, who died in 1986.

In the 1940s, she taught cooking and sewing at the Roland Park Country School. She was a volunteer at Union Memorial Hospital and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and had been an airplane spotter as a civil defense volunteer during World War II.

She is survived by two daughters, Anne V. Weikart of Pasadena and Jane T. Vickers of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday .