James A. Pusateri, who headed a maritime division of a tire manufacturer, died of cancer Friday at his Fallston home. He was 63.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, he was a 1964 graduate of Patterson High School, where he played football and wrestled. He earned a bachelor's degree in business from Oklahoma State University, where he was also on the football team.
He was an estimator at the old Bethlehem Steel Key Highway Shipyard and worked briefly for Marine Transport in New York City before joining L&C; Marine in Locust Point, a Bridgestone-Firestone division.
Mr. Pusateri oversaw the construction of two cargo ships, the Harbel Tapper and Harbel Cutlass. At the time of his death, he was president of L&C; Marine and planning two additional Firestone ships.
He sat on the board of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and was a past president of Maryland US Swimming. He was a member of the Maryland Marine Club.
He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
His funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 8030 Bradshaw Road in Kingsville, where he was a member.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, the former Carol Kirkwood; three sons, Kevin Pusateri of Dundalk, Troy Pusateri of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and James Pusateri Jr. of Florida; a daughter, Kelly Moxley of Easton; a brother, Charles Pusateri Sr. of New Windsor; four sisters, Doris Peraldo of Harnell, N.Y., Patricia D'Alessandro and Mary Hershner, both of Perry Hall, and Lois Oliver of New Windsor; and seven grandchildren.