Michael James McCurdy, a former owner of several 7-Eleven convenience stores who participated in charity and community events, died of mesothelioma Saturday at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. The Kingsville resident was 58.
Mr. McCurdy was born in Baltimore and raised on Brendan Avenue. After graduating from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School in 1968, he worked as an oil burner repairman.
In 1969, he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the carrier USS Intrepid until his discharge in 1973.
Mr. McCurdy returned to his former job until purchasing his first 7-Eleven store in Parkville in 1989. He later bought a second store in Perry Hall. He sold the businesses last month because of his failing health.
For years, Mr. McCurdy diligently led fundraising efforts for muscular dystrophy.
"His Perry Hall store often turned green during the March Muscular Dystrophy charity campaign, with the walls covered in green shamrocks for the Muscular Dystrophy Association," said a daughter, Angela K. Lang of Fork.
"For years, he presented the 7-Eleven Baltimore Franchise Owners Association's check for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the September Muscular Dystrophy telethon," she said.
As part of the fundraiser, Mr. McCurdy often volunteered to be held "prisoner" until the Muscular Dystrophy Association raised enough pledges from viewers for his release, family members said.
He was recently honored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association for his work and voluntarism, family members said.
He was a board member and former vice president of the Baltimore 7-Eleven Franchise Owners Association.
In 1995, Mr. McCurdy served as a member of the White House Commission on Small Business and was a member of a state highway safety commission in the Perry Hall area.
He enjoyed collecting vintage Coca-Cola memorabilia and was a fan of John Wayne and World War II movies. He was also a Ravens fan and enjoyed working in his yard.
Mr. McCurdy was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road, Fullerton, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday.
In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 34 years, the former Anna Liberto, a registered nurse; another daughter, Melissa McCurdy of Kingsville; his mother, Rita McCurdy of Perry Hall; a brother, Bill McCurdy of Bel Air; a sister, Mary Joan McCurdy of Perry Hall; and two grandchildren.