Richard Cromwell Sr.Ran hardware concernRichard L...


November 05, 1993

Richard Cromwell Sr.

Ran hardware concern

Richard L. Cromwell Sr., presi- dent of a commercial hardware distributorship, died of cancer Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The 65-year-old Towson resident was president of Building Components Corp., which he established in 1970. He began his career in the commercial hardware business in 1954 with the Howard McCarthy Co., located in Baltimore.

He was born and reared on Evesham Avenue in Govans and was educated in the public schools. He attended both Polytechnic and City College but was removed from both schools for being a truant by his mother, who was a truant officer for the city schools.

"He used to lay down and hide on the median strip near City College," said his wife, the former Ann Ross DuShane of Baltimore, whom he married in 1953.

After earning his high school equivalency certificate, he enrolled in Towson State University and earned a bachelor's degree in 1954.

He joined the Marines in 1950 and was an artilleryman during the Korean War. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant.

He began singing in church choirs when he was 5 years old and was an active member in both the choir and as an elder of the Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson. He was on the board of Valley House, a halfway house for substance abusers, and was a member of the Country Club of Maryland.

He was a past Master of Concordia Lodge No. 13 and was a member of the Boumi Temple Chanters and Golf Club.

A memorial service was set for 8 p.m. today at Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson.

He is also survived by a son, Richard L. Cromwell Jr. of Parkville; three daughters, Ann D. Darr of Towson, Cynthia L. Howard of St. Mary's City and Ruth A. Dyjak of Lutherville; two bothers, Edwin B. Cromwell III of Ponte Verde Beach, Fla., and Robert V. Cromwell of Idalou, Texas; and three grandsons.

Memorial contributions may be made to Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, Md. 21204.

Joseph Samler Schapiro, who headed the California branch of his family's scrap metal business, died Oct. 23 of heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills.

The 86-year-old Baltimore native moved to Los Angeles in 1946 to head the National Metal and Steel Corp. at Terminal Island. He retired five years ago as its president.

His brother, John D. Schapiro, former owner of the Laurel Race Course and originator of the Washington International, is chairman of the board of Boston Metals Co. in Baltimore, started by their father, the late Morris Schapiro.

A graduate of the Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., and the University of Pennsylvania, Joseph Schapiro married the former Maynard Schaffer in 1939. She died in 1991.

Before serving in the Army Air Forces in World War II and attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel, he operated an animal feed manufacturing business in Ellicott City.

Services were conducted Oct. 26 in Los Angeles.

He is survived by a son, Douglas Schapiro, and two daughters, Evan Siegel and Laura Horn, all of Los Angeles; two sisters, Doris Gilman of Beverly Hills and Gertrude Cascarella of Baltimore; and a brother, John D. Schapiro of Monkton.

Harry G. Lees

Designed sprinklers

Harry G. Lees, a retired designer of sprinkler systems, died Oct. 27 of heart disease at the Westminster Convalescent and Nursing Center.

The 83-year-old former Towson resident retired 16 years ago from the Automatic Sprinkler Corp. of America after more than 20 years of service.

A native of Lynn, Mass., who lived for many years in the Boston area, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before his graduation, with an engineering degree from Boston University. During World War II, he became a captain in the Army Ordnance Corps.

A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. tomorrow in the Haebler Chapel at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson.

He is survived by his wife, the former Roberta Aber; two daughters, Catharine Kendall Lees of Florence, S.C., and Roberta Andrus Hohman, of Towson, and a grandson.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Nature Conservancy or Habitat for Humanity International of Americus, Ga.

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