George C. Farmer, a retired purchasing manager who had been a hospice volunteer, died Friday at his Bel Air home of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 82.
Born in East Chicago, Ind., and raised in Sparrows Point, he was a 1942 graduate of Sparrows Point High School. During World War II, he served in the Marines and fought at Okinawa.
After the war, he joined the National Can Co. on Wolfe Street in Fells Point and rose to become its purchasing manager. When the Fells Point plant closed, he moved to its Sparrows Point plant and was the company's purchasing manager for the East Coast. He retired in 1992.
A past chairman of the Maryland-D.C. Minority Council, Mr. Farmer worked with women and minorities on starting businesses.
"He worked with established businesses he knew and asked them to give these new businesses just one contact," said Christina Smith, his wife of 19 years.
He was a member of Patapsco United Methodist Church and Sparrows Point Country Club, and as a volunteer at Community Hospice of Maryland visited the homes of dying persons in the Baltimore area.
A life celebration will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Christ Episcopal Church, 2100 Rock Spring Road in Forest Hill.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Lynn Smith of Timonium and Marcia Glotfelty of Accident; two stepdaughters, Victoria Olszewski of Bel Air and Erin Heverly of Milton, Pa.; four grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren. His wife of 39 years, the former Rita Wilson, died in 1986.