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William C. Sieck, 72, florist, private pilotWilliam...


William C. Sieck, 72, florist, private pilot

William C. Sieck, a wholesale florist who earned a pilot's license after retiring, died of a heart attack Thursday at home in Towson. He was 72.

After serving as an ensign in the Navy Air Corps during World War II, Mr. Sieck joined the family business, Claymore C. Sieck Wholesale Florist Inc. on East Chase Street, which was founded by his father in 1918. He expanded the business to other East Coast cities and had a farm in Quito, Ecuador, that produced flowers year-round.

Mr. Sieck retired in 1986, and his two sons took over the business. He then earned his private pilot's license and flew his airplane until he was grounded for medical reasons.

The Baltimore native graduated from McDonogh School in 1941 and Swarthmore College in 1947.

From 1969 to 1974, he served on the board of directors and then as treasurer of the Society of American Florists, a national organization with 20,000 members. He was a board member and president of the National Organization of Wholesale Florists during the 1970s.

He was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and Second Presbyterian Church at 4200 St. Paul St., where services will be at 11 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Barbara "Tippie" Tipping; two sons, W. Claymore Sieck and John T. Sieck, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Barbara S. Taylor of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Elinor Hetzner of Baltimore and Hope Gilliams of Potomac; and seven grandchildren.

Carleton E. Mott Sr., 88, Navy captain, war veteran

Carleton Edgar Mott Sr., a retired Navy captain, died of cancer Wednesday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 88 and lived at Ginger Cove Annapolis Life Care Community.

He retired from the Navy in 1960, ending a 34-year career. He served on fighting ships during World War II. After the war, he commanded ships and held staff positions in Europe, the Panama Canal Zone and Washington.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he grew up in Stamford, Conn. He enlisted in the Navy in 1926 and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1931. In 1948, he graduated from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

He was a member of the Annapolis-Dyer Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars, the Annapolis Yacht Club, the Annapolis Masonic Lodge 89 A.F. and A.M., the U.S.N.A. Alumni Association and the Retired Officers Association.

He was married for 50 years to the former Catherine Andrea Lindell of Annapolis, who died in 1981. The next year he married Sara Ann Stover Munger of Ginger Cove, who survives him.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Andrew's Chapel at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Other survivors include a son, Carleton Edgar Mott Jr. of Chester; a stepson, E. Colby Munger of Arnold; a stepdaughter, Susan Clark of Cincinnati; three grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 2/24/97

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