Joseph E. Buchanan, a retired Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. employee who owned a popular Waverly tavern, died Thursday of complications related to surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. The Carney resident was 77.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Ensor Street, he was a graduate of the Shrine of Little Flower Parochial School. Known as Buck, he joined the telephone company before the outbreak of World War II. At age 17, he enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to a submarine school at New London, Conn. He taught small arms and was later stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
He later took courses through the telephone company and earned his high school equivalency diploma.
After war's end, he returned to the telephone company and was assigned to its Edmondson Avenue Exchange. He later served at its Wolfe Street operation in East Baltimore and retired in 1980 as a trunk-line tester from the Homewood Exchange at Guilford Avenue and 31st Street.
Family members said he was proud of his Scot-Irish heritage. In 1966, he bought a Waverly tavern and renamed it the Blarney Inn. Located at Greenmount Avenue and 35th Street, the tavern catered to Memorial Stadium Colts and Orioles fans. "He was proud that he owned the place the year the Orioles won their first World Series," said a son, Edmond Murray Buchanan, who lives in Parkville.
Mr. Buchanan sold the business in 1970.
Mr. Buchanan was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He also belonged to the Rosedale Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6506. He enjoyed reading American history and visiting Ireland.
In 1945, he married the former Mary A. Lanasa, who survives him.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road, where he was a member.
Survivors also include another son, Joseph Edmund Buchanan III of Carney; three daughters, Joanne Buchanan of Baltimore, Virginia L. Patinella of Phoenix and Marlene Kelly of Jacksonville; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.