Nicholas A. Detorie Jr., owner of Liberty Roofing Co. in Baltimore for 55 years, died Friday at Sinai Hospital from a stroke. He was 79.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Detorie was a 1941 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington. He joined the Army and served as an infantryman on the Aleutian Islands until the end of World War II.
Mr. Detorie returned home and married his sweetheart, Lillian Royer, in 1946, who survives him. Later, he helped run the family roofing business now known as Liberty Roofing Co.
"My dad worked at his business until the day he died," said his son, Nicholas A. Detorie III of Annapolis.
Mr. Detorie's company applied new roofs to a number of historical landmarks in the Baltimore area including the Basilica of the Assumption, Carroll Mansion and Fort McHenry.
A member of the Sons of Italy, Mr. Detorie enjoyed traveling and visited South America and Europe. He was also an avid World War II history buff. He marveled at Adolf Hitler's mountaintop retreat in Bavaria called "Eagle's Nest," which he visited several years ago.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Lemmon Funeral Home, 19 W. Padonia Road. Burial will be in New Cathedral Cemetery.
Mr. Detorie is also survived by a daughter, Jerri Eisenhart of Baltimore; another son, Dennis R. Detorie of Birmingham, Ala.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.