John J. Nagle Jr., real estate builder, developer

The Baltimore Sun

John J. Nagle Jr., a retired real estate builder and developer, died Dec. 1 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Keswick Multi-Care Center. He was 83.

Mr. Nagle was born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. After graduating from All Hallows High School in 1943, he began his studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

He left college and enlisted in the Army. He served with an anti-tank unit assigned to the 100th Infantry Division and fought in Europe. After the war ended, he served with the army of occupation in Germany.

Mr. Nagle earned two Bronze Stars for heroism in combat. He was discharged in 1946.

He returned to Holy Cross, and, after graduating in 1949, he went to work for Crown Cork & Seal in New York City.

His father, John J. Nagle Sr., had been president and chairman of the board of the company.

In the early 1960s, Mr. Nagle established Beautywood Kitchens, a Cockeysville cabinet business. After selling the business to Ryland Homes in 1968, he went to work for the company as a division manager.

He was also employed by Pulte Homes before he founded Nagle Homes, a residential construction business, in the late 1980s.

"One of his construction projects was the Copperfield community in Timonium," said a son, John J. Nagle III of Timonium.

In recent years, the Towson resident worked with his son, owner of Copperfield Builders Inc., a land development company and custom home builder. He retired in 2002.Mr. Nagle was a volunteer and longtime fundraiser with United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland.

He was a Colts season ticket holder from 1953 until the team left Baltimore in 1984. He also enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Baltimore Country Club.

Mr. Nagle was a communicant and volunteer at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 20.

Also surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Eleanor Watkins; two other sons, Patrick B. Nagle of Parkton and Michael E. Nagle of Naperville, Ill.; two daughters, Karen N. Galvin of Timonium and Kimberly M. Nagle of Baltimore; and eight grandchildren.

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