Emma Jean RiceSocial Security workerServices for Emma Jean...


July 31, 1992

Emma Jean Rice

Social Security worker

Services for Emma Jean Rice, a retired benefit authorizer at Social Security Administration headquarters, will be held at 7 o'clock tonight at Brown's Memorial Baptist Church, 3215 W. Belvedere Ave.

Ms. Rice, 49, died Monday at her home on Walbrook Avenue of cancer.

She retired at the beginning of the year after working for Social Security for about 30 years. Born in Baltimore, she was a graduate of Douglass High School.

Survivors include a son, Barry Rodney Cunningham of Baltimore; a daughter, Tracy Denise Cunningham of Baltimore; three sisters, Mary Gordon and Dorothy Bell, both of Baltimore, and Annie Mae Murphy of Philadelphia; and three grandchildren.

Raymond H. Wright

State yacht engineer

Services for Raymond H. Wright, retired chief engineer on the state yacht, will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Thomas Funeral Home in Cambridge.

Mr. Wright, 71, died Tuesday at his home in Cambridge of cancer.

He retired in 1979 after working for the state for 32 years. He was employed aboard the yacht under seven governors. During World War II, he served aboard merchant ships in the Atlantic.

Born in Cambridge, he was educated in public schools there.

Mr. Wright married the former Leona Todd in 1956. She died in 1975.

Survivors include two nieces, Shelly Andrews of Easton and Terry Dukes of Tallapoosa, Ga.; a nephew, Gary Wright of Tallapoosa; and a friend, Mary Frances Abbott of Cambridge.

Robert W. Collins

Exxon official

Robert W. Collins, a retired regional fleet maintenance executive for Exxon USA, died July 15 at Union Memorial Hospital of cancer .

Mr. Collins, who was 72 and lived in Timonium, retired in 1982 after working for the oil company and its subsidiaries since 1939.

He began working for a subsidiary in Detroit and was transferred to Baltimore in 1946 after serving in the Southern Pacific with the Army Signal Corps during World War II. From 1964 until 1968, he served as terminal superintendent for the company's Philadelphia bulk plant, but came back to the Baltimore area and was working at regional headquarters in Hunt Valley when he retired.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1939 graduate of City College.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Virginia Schweizer; two sons, Richard W. Collins and Robert C. Collins, ++ both of Baltimore; a sister, Catherine C. Jones of Timonium; and three grandsons.

The family conducted private services.

Umberto Giordano

Owned hair styling shop

A Mass of Christian burial for Umberto Giordano, retired owner of a unisex hair styling shop, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson.

Mr. Giordano, who was 77 and lived in Lutherville, died Wednesday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital.

He retired about five years ago after owning De Umberto's Unisex Hair Styling in Cockeysville for about eight years.

Earlier, he owned and operated a series of barbershops -- one in the Blaustein Building in downtown Baltimore, another in the Pleasant Plains Shopping Center and another in Pimlico during the 1950s.

Known for many years as Al, he called the Pimlico shop, Al's Barber Shop.

He was born in Baltimore.

Mr. Giordano was president, in the late 1960s, of the Greater Loch Raven Democratic Club.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sadie M. Salmeri; a son, S. Larry Giordano of Holmdel, N.J.; a daughter, Josette C. Fahey of Brodbeck, Pa.; two sisters, Salvatrice Butafucco and Rose Anello, both of Catonsville; a brother, Sam A. Giordano of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

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