George W. Burse Jr., maintenance supervisor at the Mount Vernon Place club of the Engineering Society of Baltimore, died Saturday of complications of a stroke at Liberty Medical Center. He was 67.
He had been maintenance supervisor at the club, housed in the former Garrett-Jacobs Mansion at 11 W. Mount Vernon Place, since 1969.
"He was a very colorful individual who was responsible for holding the building together with Scotch tape and baling wire," said Donald J. Blume, executive director of the club.
"He was a very good handyman who said he was here when they laid the first stone," Mr. Blume said, laughing. "Of course, that wasn't possible because this building is over 100 years old, and he was only 67. However, he was very proud of all the things he could do."
"He goes with the history of the house," said Meg Fielding, membership director of the club, which used to be known as the Engineers Club. "He always promised to show me all the nooks and crannies because he knew every inch of the building, but we just never got around to it."
Born and reared on Read Street, Mr. Burse was educated in city schools. He graduated from the Maryland School of Building Trades in 1952, earning a certificate in bricklaying.
During World War II, he served in the 3717th Quartermaster Truck Company and was honorably discharged in 1946. He was awarded the Army Occupation and World War II Victory medals.
After the war, he worked with his father, who was a contractor. Then, in 1947, he was named director of maintenance for a group of apartments in the 800 block of Park Ave. where he worked until joining the Engineering Society.
Family members recalled him as a wonderful cook and a man of style.
"He loved to cook," said a daughter, Patricia Williams of Baltimore. "He loved cooking special desserts and made a fruitcake that was out of this world. He also made a coleslaw with pineapple and would never show us the recipe, so we don't know how he made it. He also was particularly proud of his crab cakes."
"He had a great sense of style," said another daughter, Cheryl Burse of Baltimore. "He loved to get dressed up and was right on target with the latest fashion trends."
Mr. Burse was a member of New Shiloh Baptist Church and the Genesis Bible Fellowship Inc.
Funeral services were set for noon tomorrow at the March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave., Baltimore.
Other survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Frances Brice of Baltimore; a son, George W. Burse III of Baltimore; five sisters, Eleanor Hubbard, Grace Chappell, Christine Ross, Madeline Holland and Minnie Johnson, all of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.