Robert C. Alonso, ex-Customs official, dies in Fla. at 64

January 13, 1991

Services for Robert C. Alonso, a former manager of his family's Roland Park restaurant and a retired employee of the U.S. Customs Service, will be held 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road.

Mr. Alonso, who had lived in Kissimmee, Fla., since his retirement in 1986, died suddenly Wednesday at a hospital there. He was 64.

A 1943 graduate of Baltimore City College, where he played lacrosse, Mr. Alonso earned a bachelor's degree in 1949 from Western Maryland College before entering the Navy during World War II. After his discharge, he joined his two older brothers working at Alonso's, the family's restaurant on East Cold Spring Lane.

A quiet man, Mr. Alonso made many friends at the restaurant before leaving in 1964 to work at the Custom House downtown. His knowledge of antiques made him a valuable employee as an import specialist for the agency. He retired in 1986.

Mr. Alonso enjoyed bowling, fishing, and especially crabbing. After retiring to Florida, he would often make summertime trips to Baltimore to crab in and around the Chesapeake Bay. He was a passionate fan of the Baltimore Colts football team and held season tickets to home games at Memorial Stadium.

Mr. Alonso is survived by his wife of 37 years, the former Roberta Allison, of Kissimee, Fla.; two children, Lino Alonso Scott and Harold Lloyd Whittaker, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Warren Thomas Alonso of Columbia and Leroy I. Alonso of Roland Park; and two sisters, Melva Z. Zeman of Phoenix and Dolores Tonelson of Baltimore.

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