Thomas Shay Jr., finance director for Baltimore County, dies 0) at 41
Thomas W. Shay Jr., deputy director of finance for Baltimore rTC
County, died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday at his home in Rosedale. He was 41.
Services for Mr. Shay will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Cvach-Rosedale Funeral Home, 1211 Chesaco Ave. Interment will follow at the Parkwood Cemetery, 3310 Taylor Ave.
Friends said Mr. Shay, a robust-looking man who wore a trademark long mustache, left work Wednesday because he did not feel well. He went home after some brief tests at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
He called a friend from home later in the afternoon and said the discomfort had returned. That same friend went to Mr. Shay's home a short time later and found him unconscious. Mr. Shay had no history of heart illness.
Mr. Shay's death shocked many county employees who worked with him in three county departments since 1975.
County Executive Roger B. Hayden, who was attending the Maryland Association of Counties convention Thursday in Ocean City said: "Tom Shay was a young professional who we were counting on in Baltimore County, whose loss will be deeply felt by everyone in the county government."
Mr. Shay was born and raised in Rosedale, and graduated from Overlea Senior High School in 1968. He served in the Maryland Air National Guard after high school and worked in the purchasing department at Bethlehem Steel and at General Electric Co.'s Columbia appliance park.
In 1974, Mr. Shay graduated from Essex Community College with an associate of arts degree. He went to work for the county in 1975, the same year he married the former Mary Joska. They had two children and were later divorced.
In 1976, Mr. Shay received a bachelor of arts degree in personnel and labor relations from the University of Baltimore in 1976. At the time of his death, he was pursuing a master's degree through a special weekend program offered by the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Shay rose through the ranks of Baltimore County government, spending most of his time as a budget analyst, but also working in Central Services for six years.
He was promoted to investment supervisor in the county Office of Finance in July 1988, and became deputy director of finance in January 1992.
He was an early architect of the recent plan to reduce the size of the county government by offering senior workers incentives to retire early.
He is survived by his mother, Amelia Shay Carter of Lothian; and by his two children, Stephanie, 14, and Meagan, 11, both of Rosedale.
Michelle L. Boyle
Glenelg High graduate
Services for Michelle L. Boyle, a June honors graduate of Glenelg High School, are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Friendship Baptist Church, 1391 Sykesville Road in the Sykesville area.
The 17-year-old Grinstead Court resident died Wednesday in an auto accident on Old Frederick Road near her home in Sykesville.
Miss Boyle planned to attend Howard Community College in the fall. A native of Clearwater, Fla., where she and her brother set a record as the heaviest set of twins born at Morton Plant Hospital, she moved to Howard County with her family at age 6.
She attended Centennial Elementary and Glenwood Middle schools before entering Glenelg High.
She is survived by her parents, James W. and Virginia C. Boyle of Sykesville; two brothers, twin Michael D. Boyle of Sykesville and Richard H. Hook of Fountain Valley, Calif.; two sisters, Kathleen A. Boyle of Dover, Del., and Beverly C. Rith of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; her grandfather, Clarence D. Millner of Sykesville; and two nephews.