Byron G. "Geoff" Tosi Jr., businessman

Byron G. "Geoff" Tosi Jr. the semiretired president and CEO of Albre Marble Restoration Specialists Inc., died May 23 of complications from emphysema at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 70.

The son of Byron G. Tosi, a wine and spirits importer, and Palmyna Albre Tosi, a patron of the arts, Byron Geoffrey Tosi was born in Boston and raised in that city's Chestnut Hill neighborhood.


After graduating in 1962 from Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Conn., he earned a bachelor's degree in 1966 in business administration from Boston College, where he played ice hockey and was commissioned a lieutenant in the ROTC program.

From 1972 to 1974, he did postgraduate work at what is now the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Ariz.


He worked as a sales and marketing executive at Hiram Walker Distillers, W.A. Taylor Co., and Brown-Forman Distillers. He then went into business with his father when they established a New York City company that became the largest importer of Argentine wines.

In the late 1980s, Mr. Tosi left the business and joined the Albre Marble and Tile Co., which had been established by his maternal grandfather in 1927 in Dorchester, Mass.

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Mr. Tosi was president and CEO of the subsidiary of the business, Albre Marble Restoration Specialists Inc. In 1995, he expanded it to include operations in Maryland and Washington. It has headquarters in Lutherville. He had been semiretired since 2010.

"Having spent summers at a family home on Boston's South Shore during his early life enjoying sailing and swimming, he was instantly attracted to the Chesapeake Bay, and his decade of service in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary centered on public relations and boating safety for the bay area," said his wife of 19 years, the former Gloria Cataneo.

"He often flew as an observer in aircraft piloted by auxiliary members," said Ms. Tosi, who is CEO of Tosi Maritime Consultants LLC, a maritime educational association in Washington.

The Lutherville resident was a self-taught pianist and a bird watcher. He played ice hockey until he was into his 40s.

A viewing will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, which will be followed by a service at 4 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Tosi is survived by a son, Byron G. Tosi III of Parkville; a daughter, Elena Tosi Malovich of Sahuarita, Ariz.; a sister, Pamela Hodgkins of Deerfield, Mass.; and three grandchildren. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.