William Gildea IIIFounded printing firmA Mass of Christian...


July 15, 1992

William Gildea III

Founded printing firm

A Mass of Christian burial for William P. Gildea III, president and founder of Gildea Graphics Inc., a Timonium printing company, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

Mr. Gildea, who was 57 and lived in Timonium, died Saturday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He started the printing company in the late 1970s after serving as vice president of the Falconer Co., a bank stationery business with which he had been associated since the late 1950s.

The Baltimore native was educated at the Georgetown Preparatory School and the University of Maryland, where he was a midfielder for the lacrosse team that won the 1955 National Collegiate Athletic Association championship. He served in the Army in the late 1950s.

He continued his interest in lacrosse, serving as a coach for 15 years in the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council lacrosse programin the 1960s and 1970s.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy J. Gildea; three sons, William Perkins Gildea IV of Sherwood Forest, Girard Lee Gildea of Shawan and David Kevin Gildea of Lutherville; his mother, Mary Alice Gildea of Towson; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. Episcopal services for Shirley Irene Bawden, retired office manager for the Gibson Island Club and Corp., who also served as postmaster, will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Christopher-by-the-Sea Church on Gibson Island.

Miss Bawden, who lived on Gibson Island, died Sunday at Roland Park Place of a stroke as a complication of cancer. She was 72.

She retired five years ago after working for about 45 years in the Gibson Island offices. She also served as postmaster for 33 years.

Born in Baltimore, Miss Bawden was a 1935 graduate of Eastern High School and a 1939 graduate of Hood College. She also graduated from the Strayer Business College.

A former president of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Anne Arundel County, she also headed the Women's Guild at St. Christopher-by-the-Sea Church, was treasurer of the Gibson Island Garden Club and was corresponding secretary of District 2 of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland.

She traveled extensively throughout the world.

L Survivors include a sister, Olga V. Bawden of Gibson Island.

Thomas W. Ford

Veterans nurse

A memorial service for Thomas W. Ford, a retired nurse at the Perry Point Veterans Hospital, will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church in North East.

Mr. Ford, 74, of Elkton, died Monday at the Union Hospital of Cecil County in Elkton after a stroke.

He retired in 1988 after 42 years at the hospital.

A native of Wallingford, Conn., Mr. Ford was reared in Tarrytown, N.Y. He was a graduate of the nursing school at the Rockland State Hospital in New York and had a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Jane Fritz; two sons, John A. Ford of Perry Point and Thomas R. Ford of Columbia, Ill.; a daughter, Roberta J. Ford of North East; and four grandchildren.

Harry Russell Jr.

Financial forecaster

Services for Harry L. Russell Jr., a retired financial forecaster for the Bendix Communications Division of the Allied Signal Corp., will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave. in Towson.

Mr. Russell, who was 73 and lived on Baratra Court in Timonium, died Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital of respiratory problems.

He retired about five years ago after starting to work for what was then the Bendix Corp. about 40 years earlier.

The Baltimore native was a City College graduate and attended what is now Towson State University.

During World War II, he was a radio operator aboard planes that flew the "hump," crossing the Himalayas with supplies for China after the Japanese closed the Burma Road. He was a member of the Hump Pilots Association.

His wife, the former Avis Orfield, died in 1972.

He is survived by a daughter, Patricia Russell Wike of Lutherville; a son, the Rev. Michael Bennett Russell of Ellicott City; a sister, Bernadine Morrisette of Rodgers Forge; a brother, Edmund Russell of Sarasota, Fla.; and two granddaughters.

Joseph H. Purdy Jr.

Construction foreman

Services for Joseph H. Purdy Jr., a foreman for a construction company, will be at 11 a.m. today at the McCully Funeral Home, 237 E. Patapsco Ave.

Purdy, who was 31 and lived on McDowell Lane in Baltimore Highlands, was found dead Saturday in his car at Standen Road and Wegworth Lane in Southwest Baltimore. The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy.

He had worked for the C. W. Wright Construction Co. for the past two years; previously, he was employed for more than a year at the Ferguson Trenching Co. The previous six years, he had done sheet metal work for EVAPCO Inc.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Southwestern High School.

A pitcher for a softball team sponsored by the Purple Goose Saloon, he was also a playing manager for another team sponsored by Renee's Restaurant and Lounge.

He is survived by his wife, the former Carol R. McCombs; a daughter, Heidi Rose of Baltimore Highlands; a son, Christopher Rose of Baltimore Highlands; his father and stepmother, Joseph H. Purdy Sr., and Lila Purdy of Baltimore; his mother, Patricia A. Purdy of Baltimore; his grandmother, Marjorie Purdy of Baltimore; a sister, Patricia Purdy of Baltimore; and a brother, Steven Purdy of Baltimore.

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