Berean E. "Bill" Talbert, who founded a Baltimore County landscaping company and fought in Europe during World War II, died Tuesday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 93.
The son of Richard H. Talbert, a textile mill worker, and Stella M. Talbert, a homemaker, Berean Earl Talbert was born and raised in Leaksville, N.C., which is now Eden, N.C. He was a 1937 graduate of Leaksville High School.
During World War II, Mr. Talbert served with Gen. George S. Patton Jr.'s 3rd Army in Europe, where he was a fire control director with a Howitzer artillery unit. He was discharged with the rank of corporal in 1945.
After the war, Mr. Talbert studied opera at the Peabody Conservatory, where he met his future wife, the former Patricia Keith. The couple, who married in 1948, later divorced.
Mr. Talbert, a former resident of Ellenham Road in Riderwood, established B.E. Talbert Landscaping Co. in 1962 and operated the business until closing it in 1992.
He later moved to Baldwin, where he lived for 20 years. He moved in 2009 to Oak Crest Village in Parkville.
An opera buff, Mr. Talbert, who was a tenor, enjoyed singing. He was also an inveterate checker player and gardener.
"Luciano Pavarotti was his favorite opera singer," said his daughter, Paula T. Johnson of Cockeysville.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Talbert is survived by two sons, J. Matthew Talbert of Manchester and W.W. Keith Talbert of York, Pa.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Another son, Richard E. Talbert, died in 1997.