Michael G. Malstrom, businessman

July 23, 1993|By Staff Report

Michael Gerard Malstrom, president of an electrical contracting company and partner in an auto business, was killed in a fall while trying to fix a leaky roof at the auto company's Eldersburg warehouse Monday evening.

Mr. Malstrom, who turned 41 on Saturday, was president of M.G.M. Electric Inc., an Ellicott City electrical company that designs and installs wiring for commercial properties in the Baltimore area.

In addition, he had been a partner since 1989 in Corvette Specialties, a Corvette parts, service and restoration business in Eldersburg.

Brian Tilles, Mr. Malstrom's partner and founder of Corvette Specialties 17 years ago, described him as "very unselfish, giving and a special kind of man [who] touched a lot of people and was very loved."

The two had just incorporated Specialty Motors to sell the Corvettes they restored, Mr. Tilles said, adding that a Corvette was what brought them together about six years ago.

"He had acquired a Corvette and called me looking for some parts," Mr. Tilles said. "He had a great fondness for Corvettes, restoring them and repairing them. He enjoyed being around them."

Mr. Malstrom, a 1970 graduate of Calvert Hall College in Towson, also was described as a man driven to make his dreams a reality.

"He was constantly working on a new project, inventing new projects and designs and making them come to fruition," Mr. Tilles said. Frank Clary, Calvert Hall's treasurer, described Mr. Malstrom as a hard worker, who actively supported the school through fund-raisers and doing some electrical work.

Mr. Tilles said that nothing meant as much to Mr. Malstrom as his wife of eight years, Carolyn Joyce Malstrom. "I never knew a man to adore his wife like he did," he said. "He might be having a bad day, but when he'd hear her voice on the telephone, his voice would change, and there'd be a big smile on his face. They were like what love is all about."

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Malstrom was to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church on Liberty Road in Eldersburg.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Malstrom is survived by a daughter, Christine Lynn Beach-Rybikowsky of Westminster; his parents, Geri and William Joseph Malstrom Jr. of Parkville; and eight brothers and sisters: Bill Malstrom III and Paul Malstrom, both of Phoenix; Barbara Rodgers, Tim Malstrom, David Malstrom and Carol Malstrom, all of Parkville; Chris Malstrom of Edgewood; and Tom Malstrom of Towson.

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