Leslie E. Bley Sr.Co-founded companyLeslie E. Bley Sr., a...


March 15, 1993

Leslie E. Bley Sr.

Co-founded company

Leslie E. Bley Sr., a co-founder of the Noone Electric Co., died of a heart attack Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 83.

In 1944, he and L. Edward Noone established the Noone Electrical Co., now owned and operated by Mr. Bley's son, Les Bley Jr.

Mr. Bley was a former president and governor of the Maryland chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

He also was involved in updating the National Electrical Code, serving on a committee of electricians that rewrote the codes to improve electrical safety. He was involved in rewriting the code for swimming pool wiring, an area in which he was considered an expert.

For his accomplishments, the Academy of Electrical Contractors awarded him its Coggeshall Medal in 1968. Mr. Bley retired in 1973.

During World War II, he was a contractor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, doing electrical work at the air bases, barracks and hospitals then under construction.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Bley grew up in the city's Walbrook section and lived in Rodgers Forge, Sunnybrook and Lutherville before moving to Kent Island in 1969.

He remained there until October 1992, when he and his wife moved in with their son in Timonium.

In his spare time, Mr. Bley liked to go fishing at Tilghman Island and Eastern Bay at Kent Island. He also liked to carve ducks.

He was a member of Boumi Temple and Tuscan Royal Arch Chapter 42. He also was a member of the Baltimore Breakfast Club and Rotary Club International.

Mr. Bley took great pride and satisfaction in the Saturday morning prayer breakfasts he started and had chaired for 26 years at the Kent Island United Methodist Church, where they continue today.

Services were scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Kent Island church, at U.S. 50 and Cox Neck Road.

Mr. Bley is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Anna Lower; two sons, Les Bley Jr. of Towson and Elmer Bley of Timonium; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to Young Life of Baltimore or the Christian Business Men's Committee, both at 4505 Fitch Ave., Baltimore 21236, or to Kent Island United Methodist Church.

James V. Campbell

Court commissioner

James V. Campbell, a retired civil assignment commissioner for the Circuit Court of Baltimore, died of cancer Thursday at Sinai Hospital. He was 65.

Born in Baltimore, he attended parochial schools in the city.

At 18, he enlisted in the Marines, serving as a lance corporal during World War II. He was called back into service during the Korean War for two years.

Before becoming head clerk in the civil assignment office of what was then the Baltimore Supreme Bench in 1960, he was a powerhouse operator for the old Baltimore Transit Co.

Three years after joining the Circuit Court, he was named deputy commissioner and later advanced to commissioner.

Mr. Campbell was instrumental in the consolidation and trial of thousands of asbestos suits filed in the courts, working with all practicing attorneys in the city assigning cases for trial. He also worked closely with the Baltimore City and Baltimore County bar associations.

After his retirement in 1990, Mr. Campbell became a partner in Campbell's Bar and Deli, at 10 S. Calvert St., where he also was manager.

A longtime member of St. John's Oldtimers of the 10th Ward, he was a past president of the Baltimore Athletic Club and was a racquetball and golf enthusiast. He also was a member of American Legion Post No. 130.

Mr. Campbell lived in the White Marsh section of Baltimore County. He was active for many years at St. John the Evangelist and Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic churches. At Blessed Sacrament, he was a member of the Holy Name Society.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road, Fullerton.

The family suggested donations to St. Elizabeth's School and Rehabilitation Center, 801 Argonne Drive, Baltimore 21218.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Emily Fennelly of White Marsh; a son James Campbell of Shrewsbury, Pa.; two daughters, Carol L. Patterson of Charleston, S.C., and Kimberly C. Stultz of White Marsh; a sister, Ann Gerbes of Perry Hall; a brother, Alan C. Campbell of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Nathaniel Anderson

Computer specialist

Nathaniel Anderson, a computer specialist for a Washington insurance firm, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his home in Washington.

The 40-year-old Baltimore native and City College graduate moved to Washington in 1972 and worked briefly for the Bureau of National Affairs before starting a 13-year career with Frank B. Hall & Co.

Services were conducted Friday at the Sterling Ashton Funeral Home in Catonsville.

Survivors include a sister, Cornelia Roberts; a nephew, Eric Reed; and a niece, Betty Smith. All are of Baltimore.

Robert B. Caldwell

Retired electrician

Robert B. Caldwell, a retired construction electrician, died Tuesday after having an apparent stroke in his sleep.

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