Theodore C. Burrell, 94, chauffeur, jazz pianistTheodore...


Theodore C. Burrell, 94, chauffeur, jazz pianist

Theodore Columbus Burrell, a retired Hutzler's department store chauffeur and jazz pianist, died of heart failure Sept. 2 at Harborside Healthcare-Harford Gardens in Northeast Baltimore. He was 94.

The lifelong West Baltimore resident drove a bus that took employees between the downtown and Towson stores from 1945 until retiring in 1970. During the late 1930s, he had been a chef at the old Provident Hospital.

But music was the love of his life, and as a youth, he learned to play jazz piano. During the 1930s and 1940s, he played with the J. Knox Band, and until the 1960s with the Calvin Wilson Orchestra. He also often played in the pit orchestra of the now-demolished Royal Theater and the Casino Club on Pennsylvania Avenue.

He was a member of Musicians Local No. 40-543 and Macedonia Baptist Church.

Mr. Burrell was married in 1924 to the former Gladys Williams, who died in 1982.

Services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. today at Joseph H. Brown Funeral Home, 2140 N. Fulton Ave.

He is survived by six sons, Edward Burrell, Leroy Burrell, Leonard Burrell, Melvin Burrell, George Burrell and Gordon Burrell, all of Baltimore; three daughters, Doris Croswell, Shirley Burrell and Joyce Monroe, all of Baltimore; a sister, Evelyn Tunstall of Philadelphia; 30 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren.

John William West, 70, mechanical engineer

John William West, a retired mechanical engineer and Korean War veteran, died Saturday of respiratory failure at Franklin Square Hospital. He was 70 and lived in Baldwin.

Until retiring in 1993, Mr. West, who was known as "Bill," worked for 30 years as a mechanical engineer for Baltimore Rigging Co. In retirement, he remained a consultant to the company, which specializes in setting up heavy equipment and machinery.

Earlier, he was a crane operator for Ligon & Ligon Construction Co.

Mr. West was born in Powellville, Wicomico County, and raised in Glen Burnie. He earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

A paratrooper, he served in Korea with the Army's 101st Division.

He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and golf, and was a sixth-degree black belt in karate.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 9: 30 a.m. today at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Mercedes B. Johnson; two brothers, Thomas E. West and John P. West, both of Essex; and many nephews and nieces.

Sister Marianne Jones, 76, elementary school educator

Sister Marianne Jones, O.S.P., an elementary school educator formerly assigned to St. Francis Academy in Baltimore, died of cancer Friday at Holy Name Convent in Chicago. She was 76.

Born Mary Jones in Selma, Ala., she entered the Oblate Sisters of Providence in 1953. Until the early 1960s, she served as a sacristan and dietitian, and worked as a job printer at St. Francis in East Baltimore.

She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1974 from Carlow College in Pittsburgh and later taught at parochial schools in Mississippi, North Carolina and Chicago.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 7: 30 p.m. today at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent Chapel, 701 Gun Road, Catonsville.

She is survived by her stepfather, Marvin Couttee of Montgomery, Ala.

Donald V. Kane, 74, certified public accountant

Donald V. Kane, a retired certified public accountant and former partner in the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co., died Saturday of Alzheimer's disease at

Copper Ridge, a facility for Alzheimer patients in Sykesville. He was 74.

Mr. Kane, considered an expert in the area of public utilities, retired in 1987. He first moved to the Baltimore area in 1966 to open the company's office here. A resident of Potomac since 1975, he formerly lived in Green Spring Valley.

Mr. Kane was a member of the Greater Baltimore Committee and served as chairman of the board of Baltimore Forward Thrust Inc., a promotional organization later merged into the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association. He also was active as a fund-raiser for the Jesuit Society.

Born the son of a farmer in Rantoul, Ill., he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and did graduate work at Northwestern and Loyola universities.

He was a communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Pikesville and later at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Potomac, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today .

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Lois Jean Meyer; three sons, James G. Kane and Thomas A. Kane, both of Towson, and Dr. Albert J. Kane of Fort Collins, Colo.; two daughters, Kathryn Kane Balthrop of Lexington, Ky., and Patricia Kane Connelly of Lancaster, Pa.; a brother, the Rev. Eugene Kane of Rantoul; two sisters, Virginia Kane Skelton of Champaign, Ill., and Sister Mary Helen Kane of St. Louis; and eight grandchildren.


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