Arthur Holmes Sr.USF&G executiveArthur C. Holmes Sr., a...

December 04, 1993

Arthur Holmes Sr.

USF&G executive

Arthur C. Holmes Sr., a retired PHOTOinsurance company vice president, Sherlock Holmes buff and beekeeper, died Nov. 27, his 90th birthday, of heart failure at the Charlestown Retirement Community, where he had lived for about a year.

resident of Indian Landing for many years, he retired from USF&G in 1968 as a vice president and director of education and management development. He had started working for the insurer in 1927 as a clerk in the legal department.

He was the author of a series of pamphlets that explained legal subjects, such as negligence, to workers in the insurance industry.

Before joining USF&G, he had worked as an underwriter for the Maryland Casualty Co. and Riggs, Rossman and Hunter.

The native of Wealdstone, England, came to Baltimore as a child. He graduated from the University of Maryland Law School in 1926 and from the Johns Hopkins University in 1931.

Long a member of the Six Napoleons, the local chapter of the Baker Street Irregulars -- the organization of Sherlock Holmes buffs -- he was often teased about his name since he was the only Holmes on the membership lists that date to 1946.

He was a member of the Maryland and Anne Arundel County beekeepers associations and judged honey at Anne Arundel County fairs. As financial adviser, he helped keep the Eastern Apicultural Society of beekeepers from bankruptcy in the 1970s.

His wife of 53 years, the former Estella Gertrude Topper, died in 1984.

A memorial service was set for 10:30 a.m. today at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1110 St. Stephens Church Road, Crownsville.

He is survived by a daughter, Lillian H. Billman Greaves of Ruxton; a son, Arthur C. Holmes Jr. of Millersville; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Stephen's building fund or to the scholarship fund at Charlestown.

Dorothy Goudy Cavinee, who had owned a nursery and landscaping business in Severna Park, died Thursday at Howard County General Hospital. She was 82.

She started the Redstone Nursery and Landscaping Co. when she moved to Severna Park in 1950 and operated it for seven years.

She was a former president of the Inner Wheel of the Severna Park Rotary Club and a member of the Severn Town Club and the Democratic State Central Committee from 1968 until 1970.

The former Dorothy Fortman was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Seton High School. In 1929, she was named Miss Ocean City.

Her first husband, H. Chester Goudy, died in 1957.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 1:30 p.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Ritchie Highway and Cypress Creek Road, Severna Park.

Mrs. Cavinee is survived by her husband, Glenn S. Cavinee; a son, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge H. Chester Goudy Jr. of Severna Park; a daughter, Patricia A. Becker of Riva; a sister, Ruth Shaughness of Timonium; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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Walter H. Pikey

Retired contractor, 95

Walter H. Pikey, a retired home improvement contractor, died Wednesday of heart disease at the Bon Secours Extended Care Facility. He was 95 and lived in Ellicott City.

He retired about eight years ago after doing home improvement work for about 30 years.

Earlier, he had worked in the carpenter shop at Westinghouse Electric Corp.'s Baltimore-Washington International Airport plant and for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

The Elkridge native had been active in the Holy Name Society and as a fund-raiser, first at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in Ilchester, and later at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 3755 St. Paul St., Ellicott City, where a Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 9 a.m. today.

He and his first wife, the former Thelma Gordon, who died in 1967, received an award from Associated Catholic Charities for caring for more than 100 foster children.

He is survived by his wife, the former Catherine O'Donnell Linn; three daughters, Enamay Goldstraw of Bishopville, Julia Mae Means of Glen Burnie and Elizabeth Rueda of Catonsville; a son, Joseph Sadler of New York; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Christina D. Clancy

Legal secretary

Christina Deborah Clancy, who had been a legal secretary in Baltimore for about 10 years, died Wednesday of cancer at her home in Glen Burnie. She was 40.

She had worked about five years for the law firm of Venable, Baetjer & Howard and earlier for the Weinberg and Green law firm. She had also worked as a secretary in other offices.

The former Christina Deborah Centurelli was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Archbishop Spaulding High School.

A Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Church, 8499 Virginia Ave., Riviera Beach.

She is survived by her husband, Michael J. Clancy; two sons, Jeremy S. and Timothy J. Clancy, both of Glen Burnie; her mother, Dorothy D. Centurelli of Glen Burnie; two brothers; and two sisters.

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