J.B. Steele Jr., vice president of the Fallsway Spring and Equipment Co., died Thursday at Church Hospital after a heart attack at work. He was 44.
A mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6428 York Road. Mr. Steele lived on Dumbarton Road in Rodgers Forge.
He operated the family-owned truck body and equipment company and had been instrumental in designing the scooping equipment on the trash skimming boats used in the Inner Harbor.
He was a member of the Truck Body and Equipment Association and the National Truck Equipment Association.
Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Charlotte Hall Military Academy and attended the Baltimore Junior College, now the New Community College of Baltimore, and the Eastern College of Commerce and Law, now part of the University of Baltimore. He also served in the Army in the early 1960s.
1% A supporter of political and char
itable groups, he was an enthusiastic hunter, especially of waterfowl, and, with his father, collected antique cars.
He is survived by his wife, the former Deborah A. Crise; a son, John B. Steele 3rd of Rodgers Forge; his father and stepmother, Jack B. Steele Sr. and Mary Delores Steele of Towson; and a stepsister, Patricia Romefelt of Cockeysville.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.