Angelo R. Santamaria died Wednesday from colon cancer at his Timonium home at age 87.
Angelo R. Santamaria died Wednesday from colon cancer at his Timonium home at age 87.

Angelo R. Santamaria, co-owner of a Baltimore County appraisal firm who had earlier been a mortgage banker, died Wednesday at his Timonium home from colon cancer.

He was 87.


Angelo Roque Santamaria was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He was the son of Ramon Angel Santamaria Lara and Ramona de Diaz Santamaria, a homemaker.

He moved with his family in 1938 to a home on Keswick Road in Roland Park. During that time, his father was serving in Baltimore as consul general to the Republic of Honduras.

Mr. Santamaria was a 1949 graduate of City College, where he had set records in track and field and served a senior class president.

He attended Duke University on an athletic scholarship, and in 1953 obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Mr. Santamaria served as a specialist with an Army artillery unit from 1955 to 1957.

From 1959 to 1969, he worked in international business development for the Glidden Paint Corp. in Baltimore.

In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Mr. Santamaria as consul general to the Republic of Honduras.

In his business career, he worked as a mortgage banker and real estate appraiser for Lomas & Mettleton, Prosperity Mortgage and Coldwell Banker.

At his death, he was co-owner with his wife of 28 years, Jenifer Yonkers Stick, of The Appraisal Co. in Timonium. He had not retired at his death.

An avid tennis player, Mr. Santamaria played tennis three times a week until he was 86, said a son, Mark E. Santamaria of Bethany Beach, Del.

He had been a member of the Cross Keys Tennis Club and the Homeland Racquet Club.

Mr. Santamaria was a communicant at Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Charles and Saratoga streets, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by another son, Angelo R. Santamaria Jr. of Hampstead; a daughter, Annette B. Santamaria of Houston; a stepson, Gordon Stick IV of Mount Vernon; four stepdaughters, Anne Stick of Guilford, Sarah Wells Sell of Hong Kong, Fair Jenkins of Hawaii and Margaret Puentes of Newport News, Va.; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. An earlier marriage to Barbara Matheny ended in divorce.

--Frederick N. Rasmussen