John Ridgely III, a direct descendant of the builder of Towson's 18th-century Hampton Mansion and the last to live on the estate, died Sunday at College Manor of congestive heart failure. He was 79.
A memorial service for Mr. Ridgely was being held today at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave., Towson.
He had lived since the late 1940s at his home, Spring Hollow, which he built on the Hampton property. The house was built about the time his father turned the Hampton Mansion, which dated to 1790, over to the National Park Service in 1948.
Mr. Ridgely retired about 10 years ago as a salesman for a printing company, Arthur Thompson & Co.
He became an active supporter of the Hampton National Historic Site, serving as a director of Historic Hampton Inc. and donating family furnishings for exhibiting in the mansion.