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Isadore John Vaccarino, retired National Guard commander, dies

Isadore John Vaccarino served with the National Guard and was director of the Fifth Regiment Armory and a past national commander of the 29th Division Association.
Isadore John Vaccarino served with the National Guard and was director of the Fifth Regiment Armory and a past national commander of the 29th Division Association. (Handout)

Isadore John Vaccarino, a retired brigadier general in the Maryland National Guard and former director of the Fifth Regiment Armory, died July 9 of vascular dementia at Gilchrist Hospice of Howard County.

The Ellicott City resident was 83.

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Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Joseph Vaccarino, a grocer in Little Italy who founded Sun of Italy food products, and his wife, Lauretta.

He attended St. Michael the Archangel School and was a 1952 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School.

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He received a degree in business administration from Loyola University Maryland and was a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Mr. Vaccarino worked as a clerk in the Baltimore City Department of Real Estate before joining the Calvert Distillery as an accountant.

From 1957 to 1997 he served as a staff member of the Maryland National Guard. He was a past state quartermaster, director of the Fifth Regiment Armory and a National Guard director of administration. He was also a past national commander of the 29th Division Association.

Shirley e. McGurie, a former bookkeeper who enjoyed baking, died July 3 from complications of a stroke at North Arundel Health and Rehabilitation Center in Glen Burnie. She was 94.

He was active in the Knights of Columbus, Ellicott City Council, and was a grand knight.

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A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in Ilchester, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary E. “Betty” Garner; three sons, Joseph Vaccarino of Catonsville, John Vaccarino of Woodbridge, Va. and Mark Vaccarino of Ellicott City; two daughters, Patricia Vaccarino Fuller of Sykesville and Barbara Vaccarino Ziegler of Prince Frederick; a sister, Philippa Owen of Agawam, Mass.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

— Jacques Kelly

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