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Earl G. Gill Jr., 82, owner of electrical firm


Earl G. Gill Jr., who owned an electrical contracting firm, died Monday of complications from cancer at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 82.

Mr. Gill, who was a longtime resident of Original Northwood before he moved to Oak Crest Village in Parkville in 1999, was president and board chairman of the family business, Gill-Simpson Inc.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the Lake Montebello section, he was a 1937 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, where he later donated money for an engineering lab.

His Waverly-based firm, founded by his father in 1932, employs more than 300 people and has done electrical work at a variety of businesses, including Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant, the National Aquarium, the General Motors plant on Broening Highway and the Baltimore Sun's Port Covington and Calvert Street operations.

"He poured his entire life into his family and into his business," said Christopher Gill Odell, a grandson. "He remained committed to the city and kept his business in Waverly as a way of improving the area."

He earned a degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II he served in the Army Signal Corps, was stationed in India and worked on making electrical equipment that would function in tropical climates. He was discharged as a major.

He was a past president of the Maryland chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

Services were held Thursday.

In 1942, he married Katherine Bauer, who survives him.

He is also survived by a daughter, Barbara Gill McLean of Manchester; a brother, Kenneth K. Gill of Stoneleigh; and three grandchildren.

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