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James G. Gayhardt, of Lutherville, was a retired partner in a Baltimore integrated security firm.
James G. Gayhardt, of Lutherville, was a retired partner in a Baltimore integrated security firm. (Baltimore Sun)

James G. Gayhardt, a retired partner in a Baltimore integrated security firm, died May 21 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of heart failure. He was 83.

The son of Francis Patrick Gayhardt, general manager of Bugle Linen Service, and Evelyn Cecilia Hines Gayhardt, a homemaker, James George Gayhardt was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville.

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He was a 1950 graduate of Catonsville High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1954 in business from the University of Baltimore.

Mr. Gayhardt was in sales for Johnson & Johnson from 1960 to 1967, when he joined Bugle Linen Service. In 1972, he became a partner in Tele-Tector of Baltimore, an integrated security system firm. He retired in 1990.

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He was married in 1956 to Beverly Anne Lanning. After he retired, the couple moved to Heidelberg, Germany, where his wife served as executive director of the Girl Scouts of Western Europe.

After Mrs. Gayhardt retired in 1995, the couple moved to Lewes, Del., where Mr. Gayhardt served on the board of directors of the city's Board of Public Works from 2007 to 2010.

They moved to Lutherville in 2012.

Mr. Gayhardt was a jazz and golf fan. He was also a connoisseur of French wines and Maryland crabs, family members said.

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"He also liked Berger cookies, bad jokes and the Orioles," said his son, J. Patrick Gayhardt of Roanoke, Va. "He was also known for his dry wit, sense of humor and infectious laugh."

Mr. Gayhardt was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 11525 Greenspring, Ave., Lutherville, where a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 28.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Gayhardt is survived by a brother, Donald Francis Gayhardt of Annapolis; and two grandchildren. His daughter, Anne Gayhardt, died in 2014.

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