Philip J. Seraphine Jr., 89, real estate...


Philip J. Seraphine Jr., 89, real estate executive

Philip J. Seraphine Jr., a retired real estate executive, died Friday of pneumonia at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. He was 89.

He had been director of the residential division of Les Wilson Associates and earlier had worked for Charles McCurdy Co. He retired in 1985.

He began his career in 1933 when he went to work for The Sun, eventually becoming director of the newspaper's real estate advertising department. In 1948, he went to work for the real estate development firm of S. L. Hammerman, and after earning his broker's license, became sales director for the Charles H. Steffey & Co.

He was born in Manhattan and reared in Port Washington, New York, where he graduated from high school. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1933 from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

The former longtime Hamilton and later Cockeysville resident was married in 1937 to Virginia B. Mullon, who died in 1959.

During World War II, he served in the Navy and was discharged at war's end with the rank of lieutenant commander.

Mr. Seraphine, who had lived at the Parkville retirement community since June, enjoyed "playing poker and drinking martinis," said Katherine Sinsz, a daughter who lives in Hamilton, with a laugh.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church in Parkville.

Mr. Seraphine is survived by his wife of 37 years, the former Jean W. Fleckenstein; two sons, Philip J. Seraphine III of Fullerton and James Seraphine of Coconut Grove, Fla.; two other daughters, Cecelia West of Fallston and Barbara Bartolomeo of Channel Islands, Calif.; a brother, Eugene Seraphine of Hampton Bays, N.Y.; two stepdaughters, Carolyn Greene of Fallston and Bernadine Cochran of Reisterstown; 19 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Conwell Sapp, 58, lawyer and recreation supporter

Conwell Sapp, a Howard County estate attorney and civic activist, died Saturday of cancer at her home in Ellicott City. She was 58.

Known as Connie, she practiced law at the Columbia firm of Reese and Carney for the past 12 years. She had earlier been a law clerk.

Born in Boston, the former Conwell Fader moved to Howard County in 1971. She received a degree in English from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 1984 and her law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1987.

She was a founding member of the Howard County chapter of the Woman's Bar Association of Maryland. She also served as president of the Howard County Women's Bar in 1997-1998. In the 1970s she was an instructor for the Howard County recreation department, where she developed a swimming program for senior citizens.

She served on the Maryland State Senior Olympics Commission, the Howard County Physical Fitness Commission and board of directors for the Central Maryland Girl Scouts.

A memorial gathering will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at Slack Funeral Home on Old Columbia Pike in Ellicott City.

Ms. Sapp is survived by a son, D. Michael Sapp of Bowie; a daughter, Laura Lavezzo of Lake Worth, Fla.; her mother, Mary Helene Fader of Pittsburgh; three brothers, Peter Fader of Rochelle, Ill., Tim Fader of Keyna, Africa, and John Fader of Pittsburgh; a sister, Laura Davenport of Columbia Heights, N.Y; a friend, Sharon Schmickley of Ellicott City; and four grandchildren.

Joseph E. Russell, 81, official with oil company

Joseph E. Russell, former vice president of an Elkridge fuel oil and building materials supply company, died Sunday of cancer at a Myrtle Beach, S.C., nursing home. He was 81.

For 39 years until retiring in 1985, Mr. Russell was vice president of J. H. Toomey & Sons Inc. in Elkridge.

The former Elkridge and Easton resident had been a president of the Elkridge Rotary Club. In the early 1960s, he was active in Democratic Party politics and helped manage several campaigns of former state Sen. James Clark of Howard County and Omar P. Jones, former Howard County executive.

While in Easton, he had been a communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church and the Dunes Golf and Beach Club.

Born and educated in Pleasant Shade, Tenn., he was a 1938 graduate of Draughns Business School in Nashville and the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

Commissioned in the Coast Guard, he was transferred to the Navy during World War II, during which he was an executive officer of LST 767 in the Pacific theater of operations and participated in the landings at Okinawa and Guadalcanal.

Services were held yesterday in Myrtle Beach.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Mary Jane Toomey; two sons, James E. Russell of Ellicott City and Philip G. Russell of Easton; a sister, Pattie Lee Russell of Lebanon, Tenn.; and five grandchildren.

Robert Michael Young, 32, Diamond Cab driver

Services for Robert Michael Young, a Diamond Cab driver who died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center Thursday after being shot while on duty in Forest Park, will be held at 11: 30 a.m. today at Chatman Harris Funeral Home, 5240 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Young, 32, lived in Waverly.

Born on a U.S. Army base in Augsburg, Germany, Mr. Young moved to Baltimore with his mother in 1976 and attended Pimlico Elementary School and Northwestern High School. Before driving a cab, Mr. Young worked for a messenger service. He enjoyed football, basketball and driving.

He is survived by his wife of two years, the former Angela Perry of Baltimore; a son, Andre Young of Baltimore; a daughter, Tiffany Young of Baltimore; his mother, Christine P. Young of Baltimore; his father, Ernest Young Jr. of Leavenworth, Kan.; a brother, Stephen Young of Baltimore; and three sisters, Tanya Lawrence, Lynne Young and Natalie Green, all of Baltimore.

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