Charles H. Cox Sr.
Lawyer, journal clerk
Charles Hurley Cox Sr., a lawyer who was journal clerk in the House of Delegates for 22 years, died Tuesday of a heart attack at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Cedarcroft resident was 84.
He also was the unofficial parliamentarian for the legislative body and was described by his daughter Patricia Cox Waldman of Annapolis "as knowing 'Roberts Rules of Order' better than anyone." He retired as journal clerk in 1979.
He practiced law for more than 50 years from an office in the Equitable Bank Building until retiring in 1979.
Born in Baltimore, he was reared on Aisquith Street in East Baltimore, graduated in 1930 from Polytechnic Institute and earned a law degree from University of Maryland law school. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked for the city planning department and was a member of the rights-of-way commission.
Services were private.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Marie Julia Polek; a son, Charles H. Cox Jr. of Baltimore; another daughter, Carole Tibbitts of Grosse Pointe, Mich.; two brothers, Murray Cox of Cape St. Claire and Robert Cox of Baltimore; and eight grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 17025, Baltimore 21203.
Albert Abell, a former co-owner of Northwood Liquors on Havenwood Road in Northeast Baltimore, died Friday of heart failure at his home in Pikesville.
Mr. Abell, 82, was a partner in the store with his sister-in-law, Mary Sibble. The store has been in business for about 40 years.
Mr. Abell retired about 10 years ago and became a volunteer for Jewish Family Services. He provided transportation to the elderly.
In the mid-1930s he operated Abell Tire and Battery store at Park Circle. He later owned a chain of Food Fair service stations for many years in Baltimore.
Born in Wilmington, N.C., he moved to Baltimore as a child in 1922 and was educated through junior high school.
Mr. Abell enjoyed golf and was a member of Bonnie View Country Club.
Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Funeral Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Evelyn Resnick; a son, Robert Abell of Pikesville; a sister, Dorothy Kushner of Randallstown; two brothers, Oscar Abell of Pikesville; and David Abell of Randallstown; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to Save-a-Heart Foundation, 302 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore 21208.
Carroll J. Passapae Sr., 80, a longtime Baltimore caterer and customer service employee with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., died Wednesday at Good Samaritan Nursing Center after a long illness. A memorial service was held Friday.
Mr. Passapae began his career with BGE in 1928 and retired in 1977. He operated his catering business, Carroll's Catering, at night and on weekends until he sold it in 1978.
Mr. Passapae was born and reared in Baltimore. He graduated from Polytechnic Institute and Loyola College, where he later earned a master's degree in history at night school.
He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and in 1961-1962 was commander of American Legion Post No. 20 in Hamilton. He was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Moose Lodge and the Lions Club.
He married Catherine DeHaven in 1939. She died in 1974, and he married Eileen Kramme in 1992.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Mary King of Jarrettsville; a sister, Marie O'Brien of Silver Spring; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Henry W. Gabler, 72, a safety inspector for Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. for 20 years until retiring in 1981, died Tuesday of cancer at North Arundel Hospital. Earlier, he worked for Standard Oil Co. in East Baltimore. Services were conducted Friday.
The Highlandtown native was a graduate of city schools. During World War II, he served in the merchant marine in North Atlantic and Mediterranean convoy duty from 1942 to 1946, when he was discharged as an ensign 3rd assistant engineer.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Mary F. Strickroth; two daughters, Paula F. Longo of Crownsville and Linda A. Crawford of Stevensville; and four grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial donations to the American Cancer Society, North Arundel Unit, P. O. Box 1347, Glen Burnie 21060.
Kenneth M. Saunders, 84, a former Elkton resident who worked as a metallurgical engineer for DuPont Co. for 28 years before retiring in 1968, died of cancer New Year's Day at a Chestertown nursing home. Before moving to Chestertown in 1982, he operated a coin and stamp shop for 12 years in Venice, Fla.
He served in the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific and at the battle of Leyte Gulf, and again during the Korean War. He was a 32nd degree Mason.
Survivors include two sons, C. Daniel Saunders of Chestertown and Lawrence K. Saunders of Baltimore; a daughter, Catherine Weber of Baltimore; a brother, James Saunders of Pisgah Forest, N.C.; and three grandchildren. His wife of 56 years, the former Catherine Elizabeth Ocheltree, died in 1991.
The family suggested donations to the Catherine Ocheltree Saunders Memorial Scholarship Fund at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
Phillip Demchuk, 75, a retired employee of the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, died of complications from a broken hip Dec. 30 in a Topeka, Kan., nursing home.
Services were held Jan. 2 in Topeka.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Demchuk; a brother, Michael Demchuk of Glen Burnie; three sisters, Mary Goldsmith of Glen Burnie, Irene M. Meyer of Baltimore and Henrietta Brown of Brooklyn Park.