Elkridge Club manager
A Mass of Christian burial for Nicholas J. McGowan Jr., manager of the Elkridge Club since 1987, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.
Mr. McGowan, who was 59 and lived on Overbrook Road in Rodgers Forge, died of cancer Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
He had managed the Sparrows Point Country Club from 1956 until 1970 and the Chartwell Country Club from 1977 until 1979. In the early 1950s, while serving in the Army, he managed the officers club at the Edgewood Arsenal.
He had also managed country clubs in Bethlehem and Lancaster, Pa., and in San Antonio.
In the mid-1970s, he owned the Tremont Restaurant in York, Pa.
Before becoming a club manager, he was a buyer at Harvey's Restaurant in Washington, manager of room service, the coffee shop and the employee dining room at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, and banquet and catering manager at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Va.
A native of Orange, N.J., he was a graduate of the Trenton Catholic High School for Boys and the Lewis Hotel School in Washington. He also took courses at Cornell University.
The member of the national board of the Club Managers Association of America, he had also served as the first president of the Baltimore chapter. Mr. McGowan was a former member of the Dundalk Rotary Club.
He is survived by his wife, the former Judith A. Simpson; a son, Nicholas Joseph McGowan III of Rodgers Forge; a daughter, Kathleen Holt McGowan of Rodgers Forge; a brother, Joseph N. McGowan of Dundalk; and a sister, Mary Regis Butorac of Bordentown, N.J.
Rev. John Simms
Baptist minister, 101
Services for the Rev. John J. Simms, a retired steel worker and Baptist minister who was 101, will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Emmanuel Community Christian Church, 1210 W. Lanvale St.
Mr. Simms died Thursday at his home on Oakfield Avenue after a short illness.
He retired in 1962 after 30 years as a laborer at the Sparrows Point plant of Bethlehem Steel Corp.
Earlier, he was a merchant seaman and a crew member on oyster boats.
Born in Bardstown, Ky., he came to Baltimore at the age of 14 while working for a circus.
He was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1960 and subsequently became assistant pastor of New St. James Missionary Baptist Church, where he served until retiring about three years ago.
Before joining New St. James in 1957, he was a charter member of Emmanuel Christian Community Church and of the Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church.
He was a member of the Hiram Grand Lodge of the Masons, the Knights of Pythias and the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World.
His wife, the former Emma Randall, died in 1981.
Mr. Simms is survived by a son, John Edward Simms of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.