Gregory T. Sellmayer, a Truist mortgage loan officer who counseled first-time homebuyers, died of an infection last Tuesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 62.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Timonium and Phoenix in Baltimore County, he was the son of Margaret Ann Tonroe, a nurse, and Edward G. Sellmayer, a biology teacher and Korean War veteran.
He was a 1978 graduate of the John Carroll School, where he was a member of the glee and Russian clubs. While a student, he visited the former Soviet Union.
Mr. Sellmayer earned a bachelor’s degree at what is now Loyola University Maryland and became a certified public accountant in 1996.
He met his future wife, Cindy J. Sekercan, as a child, and they later reconnected.
“He was my first crush when I was about 9 or 10,” she said.
As adults, they encountered each other by chance at the bottom of a ski slope at Hunter Mountain in New York. She thought he looked familiar and recognized his name printed on his skis.
“My father told me and my brother that he fell in love with Mom because of her Armenian cooking,” said his son Tyler J. Sellmayer. “The first time she invited him over for dinner, she served lahmajoun, a type of Armenian flatbread with minced lamb.”
Mr. Sellmayer had a private tax preparation business. He initially worked with his family and he soon took on clients.
“Every January through April, he set up his card table and worked long and hard,” his wife said.
When he refused to accept cash payments, his clients gave him restaurant gift cards. He and his wife frequently dined out during the tax season.
Mr. Sellmayer also assisted low-income residents with their taxes at an office in downtown Baltimore.
He was a mortgage loan officer for the Rouse Co. and PaineWebber & Co. and was branch manager for GMAC Mortgage at Greenspring Station.
He later joined SunTrust Bank, now Truist.
Mr. Sellmayer counseled first-time homebuyers through the HARBEL Community Organization. He offered practical advice to people unfamiliar with banking practices.
He was a Eucharistic minister at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic in Towson.
Mr. Sellmayer loved boats and sailing. As a high school student, he was known as Boatingmayer and taught campers to sail at Camp Belgrade in Maine. He later led family expeditions on boats, ships, kayaks, canoes and personal watercraft.
His drink of choice was Diet Coke. He had a Sunday routine. After church, he took his family to Bagel Works in Hunt Valley and a favored server would bring him a large Diet Coke as soon as he sat down.
“He rarely passed a Royal Farms without going in for a Diet Coke,” his son said.
Mr. Sellmayer loved country music and attended concerts. He kept John Denver’s complete recordings on compact discs and listened in his car.
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He followed the Baltimore Ravens. He blew a vuvuzela, a type of horn, in celebration whenever the team scored on what he considered a key play.
“My father was always ready to help others,” his son said. “He always stopped and helped people change tires on the side of the road. At work, he gave special attention to helping low-income people understand complicated financial matters.”
He played Santa Claus for his extended family. He distributed copies of the 1963 book “Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree” to infants born in his own family, as well as to his friends.
Mr. Sellmayer was a trivia fan and was a member of the Fighting Mongooses at Mother’s North Grille in Timonium.
He was good-humored about serious family matters. He once told his wife when she suffered an auto breakdown: “Your car doesn’t need repair. It needs a respirator. We’re going car shopping tonight.”
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church at 13305 Long Green Pike in Hydes.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Cindy J. Sekercan, executive assistant of NMP Engineering Consultants; two sons, Tyler J. Sellmayer of San Francisco and Nicholas C. Sellmayer of Towson; his mother, Margaret Ann Sellmayer of Timonium; two brothers, Edward T. Sellmayer of Timonium and David Sellmayer of Colorado Springs, Colorado; two sisters, Lisa Haley of Baltimore and Jacqueline Cooper of Hope, Maine; and nieces and nephews.