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December 18, 1993

Richard McCloskey

Purchasing director

Richard D. McCloskey, purchasing director for the Bruning Paint Co., died Wednesday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 55 and lived on Birchwood Avenue in Northeast Baltimore.

He had worked for Bruning for about a year and before then had been purchasing director for the Valspar Corp. He had been with Valspar and predecessor firms for about 20 years.

Earlier, he had been a purchasing agent for the old City Hospitals and for Bearings Inc.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Towson Catholic High School and attended Loyola College. In the 1960s, he served in the Air National Guard.

He was a member of the Baltimore Paint Society and the Baltimore Coatings Association, which gave him an award for his contributions to the industry.

He had served on the parish council at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church and was active in its Home & School Association. He was also a member of the Father O'Neill Council of the Knights of Columbus.

A Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Dominic's Church, Harford Road and Gibbons Avenue, Baltimore.

Mr. McCloskey is survived by his wife, the former Freida H. Wetzelberger; a son, Brian McCloskey of Baltimore; a daughter, Kate McCloskey of Baltimore; two brothers, Joe McCloskey and Gerald McCloskey Jr., both of Baltimore; and a sister, Sister Mary Gerald, D.C., of Bolivia.

Henry A. Fuggi

Naval battle survivor

Henry A. Fuggi, a paper products salesman who during World War II was a survivor of the sinking of the USS Lexington in the Battle of the Coral Sea, died Wednesday of cancer at his home on South Eaton Street in Baltimore.

He was 75 and had been a salesman for the Kane Bag and Supply Co. since 1968. Earlier he had worked since 1954 for the Whitaker Paper Co., which became Nationwide Paper Co.

Born in New Haven, Conn., Mr. Fuggi was a graduate of Hillhouse High School there and joined the Navy in 1938.

A machinist's mate, he was aboard the Lexington on May 8, 1942, when it was struck by torpedoes from Japanese planes.

A son, Joseph M. Fuggi of Bel Air, said that although his father liked to dramatize his escape, he got off the carrier on a life raft before the disabled ship was sunk by torpedoes from an American destroyer. Most of the rest of the crew was also saved.

In 1945, Mr. Fuggi was discharged with the rank of chief petty officer and married the former Merinda Polsinelli. They lived in New Haven and in Riverside, Calif., before settling in Baltimore in 1949.

He drove a taxicab while attending college and graduated in 1954 from the University of Baltimore with a degree in marketing.

In 1989, he was an extra in the movie "Avalon," which was filmed in Fells Point in Southeast Baltimore.

"You know, I don't know why they picked me," he said at the time. "I'm not a Baltimorean. I'm a Nutmegger from Connecticut. I've been down here more than I've been up there. I still have that New England accent."

But, his son said, he was disappointed that his scene was cut from the movie.

He was a member of the Dundalk Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Rosedale Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the USS Lexington Minutemen and the Glen Burnie Lodge of the Moose.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Pompei Roman Catholic Church, Claremont and Conkling streets, Baltimore. James Moffat, retired senior vice president in the Trust Department of the Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Co., died Wednesday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center after a stroke.

He was 76 and lived in Timonium. He retired in 1979 after having worked for Mercantile since he came to Baltimore after World War II.

Born in Johnstone, Scotland, but reared in New Jersey, Mr. Moffat was a graduate of Rutgers University and worked for Howard Savings Bank in Newark before the war.

During the war, he was a first lieutenant in the Army Air Forces and a B-17 pilot who was shot down over Germany in 1943. He spent 15 months as a prisoner of war. After he was liberated, he was awarded the Purple Heart because he injured his shoulder when he parachuted from his plane.

After the war, he earned a law degree at the University of Baltimore.

He was an elder and a member of the session at Faith Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday school classes and served on the church's fiscal planning committee. He also reorganized its memorial funds.

He did volunteer legal work at the Bykota Senior Center in Towson and was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons. He also belonged to the St. Andrew's Society.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at Faith Presbyterian Church, Loch Raven Boulevard and Woodbourne Avenue in Baltimore.

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