Anthony L. DiPaula, a retired bank trust officer, died late Thursday after suffering a heart attack while playing cards at the Charlestown Retirement Center in Catonsville. He was 86.
Mr. DiPaula, a Baltimore native, was a graduate of Baltimore City College, the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore Law School. He never practiced law but spent his career as a tax expert and trust officer with the Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Co.
He retired in 1966 and moved from Baltimore to his summer home, Holly Knoll, in St. Margaret's, near Annapolis, where he lived until moving to Charlestown in 1986.
Before retiring, Mr. DiPaula was active in the local chapter of the American Banking Association. He was an avid reader and farmed several acres of vegetables at Holly Knoll.
Mr. DiPaula married twice. His first wife, the former Lucile Mazula, died in 1959, and his second wife, the former Rose Schultz, died last January.
He is survived by his daughter, Elise R. Erlandson of Towson; a step-daughter, Carol Sappington of Annapolis, two brothers, Leonard G. DiPaula Jr. of Ellicott City and Salvatore J. DiPaula of Randallstown; a sister, Rosemarie Stonestreet of Ellicott City; two granddaughters; two step-granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.
Private memorial services were planned.