A. Edward GunningFounded restaurantsA. Edward Gunning, who...


A. Edward Gunning

Founded restaurants

A. Edward Gunning, who started Gunning's Crab House in Brooklyn and Gunning's House of Seafood in Ocean City, died Dec. 4 of heart failure at a hospital in Tarpon Springs, Fla. He was 80.

Mr. Gunning, who had maintained a home in Holiday, Fla., for 15 years, started the Brooklyn restaurant in 1969 and the Ocean City restaurant 10 years later.

Last year, the family lost ownership of the Brooklyn restaurant. In 1989 a fire destroyed the Ocean City business, which has not reopened. The Brooklyn restaurant was known for crab cakes -- called the best in the world by Esquire magazine in 1989 -- steamed crabs, soft crab sandwiches and an unusual specialty -- deep-fried, breaded green pepper rings dusted with powdered sugar.

During the filming of "Tin Men," actor Danny DeVito ate there and returned after the movie was completed with Jack Nicholson and Mel Brooks.

In a 1993 interview, Calvin Trillin, who wrote several books on food, including "American Fried," said he had fond memories of a visit he made to the restaurant in the 1980s. "It was the first time I had ever seen deep-fried green peppers, and it was a jolly place."

A native of Odenton, Mr. Gunning worked for the Baltimore Department of Public Works for 46 years before retiring in the mid-1970s as a general superintendent.

He had homes in Brooklyn and in Ocean City before he permanently moved to Florida about two years ago.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ann Buda; two sons, Edward M. Gunning and David M. Gunning, both of Glen Burnie; a daughter, Lillian Etheridge of Glen Burnie; three sisters, Delores Lowery, Alice Parsons and Dorothy Weinhold, all of Glen Burnie; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

George J. Eschrich

Boxer, jockeys' agent

George J. Eschrich, who had been a professional boxer, a jockeys' agent and a beer truck driver, died Monday of heart disease at his home in Hollywood, Fla. He was 82.

He retired about 20 years ago as a driver-salesman for Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer Distributors.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, he had owned and operated George's Jockey Club, a tavern in the 200 block of S. Hilton St., and was active in Democratic politics in the area.

The Baltimore native began his boxing career at the age of 16 and amassed a professional record of 45 wins, 21 losses and five draws as a lightweight and light-middleweight known as George Esrick.

One of his biggest victories came in a 1936 upset of Cuban boxer Kid Oliver in Havana. But many of his opponents were local fighters -- Vince Serio, Tony and Tommy Liberto, Mike Sipo, Bucky Taylor, Sam Baccala and Angelo Meola.

In the 1920s and 1930s, he won several local and regional lightweight championships.

He boxed for a time in Florida, where he later worked as a jockeys' agent. His clients included Sammy Boulemetis, who became one of the top jockeys in the country.

In 1988, Mr. Eschrich was inducted into the Maryland Boxing Hall of Fame by Ring 101 of the Veteran Boxers Association.

Services were set for 10 a.m. today at the G. Truman Schwab Funeral Home, 5151 Baltimore National Pike.

His first wife, the former Frances McDermott, died in 1967. He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Dosa; a daughter, Sharon Mariner Feinberg of New York City; a sister, Elsie Ziemski of Baltimore; and a grandson.

George E. Rincavage


George Edward Rincavage, a nurse, died Saturday of a heart attack at his home in Honesdale, Pa. He was 62 and also maintained a home in Phoenix, Baltimore County.

At the time of his death, he was working at Wayne County Hospital in Honesdale, where he had been employed for the last 2 1/2 years. Earlier, he had worked at hospitals in Baltimore, including Maryland General Hospital, from which he retired in 1991.

The native of Plymouth, Pa., graduated from high school there in 1950 and, after serving in the merchant marine for two years, earned a bachelor's degree from LaSalle University in Philadelphia in 1956.

After training as a nurse anesthetist in Allentown, Pa., he worked in hospitals in Pennsylvania before moving to Baltimore in 1970.

He coached Little League and basketball for the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council for many years and grew tulips and mountain laurel.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at the Evans Funeral Chapel, 2325 York Road, Timonium.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, the former Janet Grace Pautz; two sons, John D. Rincavage of Randallstown and Steven Rincavage of Westminster; two daughters, Susan Plakitsis of Timonium and Joanne M. O'Neill of Catonsville; four brothers, John Rincavage, Edward Rincavage, Joseph Rincavage and Peter Rincavage, all of Plymouth; a sister, Janet Klammer of Orange City, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

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