John P. Owens Retired inspector

October 27, 1990

A Mass of Christian burial for John P. Owens, a retired construction superintendent and inspector, will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615 Harford Road.

Mr. Owens, who lived on Shirey Avenue, died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while driving near his home. He was 72.

He was an inspector for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City for about seven years after his retirement in 1980 as a construction superintendent for T. A. Gorman Inc. He had worked for the mechanical contracting company about 15 years. Earlier, he was employed by the Lloyd E. Mitchell Co., where he began his career as a plumber.

He was a member of Local 48 of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industries of the United States and Canada.

Born in Frenchpark in County Roscommon in Ireland, he joined family members in Baltimore when he was 19.

An infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II, he first was part of the Army War Show, which re-enacted battles as part of War Bond sales promotions. He was wounded later while serving in Europe and was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.

His wife, the former Mary L. Rodgers, died in 1989.

He is survived by two daughters, M. Linda Jones and Patricia L. Thieman, both of Baltimore; three sons, Sean R. Owens of Fallston, Kevin P. Owens of Forest Hill and Brian G. Owens of Baltimore; and 10 grandchildren.

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