Francis X. Singleton, an electrical contractor who was active in his industry's professional associations, died of cancer Sunday at his Pasadena home. He was 71.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Hampden, he attended St. Thomas Aquinas parochial school and was a 1953 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School. He had been active in the Catholic Youth Organization.
He served in the Naval Reserve and earned his master electrician's license while working for Charles Schleicher Plumbing and Leishear Contracting.
Mr. Singleton founded and owned Maryland Pump, Tank and Electric Co., which installs and repairs underground gasoline and diesel tanks for filling stations. He retired in 1995 and sold the business.
"He had an incredible work ethic and started his company with nothing more than a pick and a shovel," said his son, Scott J. Singleton of Pasadena. "He worked 12-hour days and built it into a multimillion-dollar corporation."
Mr. Singleton was a former president of the Baltimore County Electrical Contractors Association and a member of the contractors associations for Anne Arundel and Carroll counties. He was a member of Associated Builders and Contractors, and its electrical issues legislative spokesman.
An active member of the Petroleum Equipment Institute, he was a founding member the Maryland Department of the Environment's Committee on Underground Tank Installation.
He was a former trustee of Gibson Island Country School, and belonged to the Calvert Hall Alumni Association, Elks Lodge 1270 in Cambridge, Knights of Columbus, Antique Truck Club of America, Good Samaritans Club, Ducks Unlimited, the American Legion, Maryland Yacht Club, Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association, Maryland Watermen's Association and Marley Boat Club.
He enjoyed fishing in the Chesapeake Bay and was a former vice president of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group. He was a committee member for the Coastal Conservation Association and a charter member of the 100 Club of Anne Arundel County, an organization that offers financial aid to the spouses of police officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty.
He collected and restored 1930s Ford Model A coupes and trucks.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Chesapeake Roman Catholic Church, 8325 Ventnor Road, Pasadena, where he was a member.
In addition to his son, survivors include three other sons, Timothy F. Singleton and James T. Singleton, both of Pasadena, and Stephen M. Singleton of Denver, N.C.; a daughter, Jennifer S. Wittlinger of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; two brothers, Paul Singleton of Pasadena and Robert Singleton of Annapolis; two sisters, Jane Gutridge of Baltimore and Rosemary Sapp of Sykesville; and five grandchildren. A daughter, Cynthia A. Singleton, died in 1980. His marriage ended in divorce.