George Brune, sales manager for shipping line

January 25, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Staff Writer

George E. Brune, a retired shipping executive, died Friday of cancer at his home in Lutherville. He was 77.

He retired in 1965 after five years as sales manager for Sea-Land Service, a container shipping line now owned by CSX Transportation. Earlier, he was traffic manager for the Carr-Lowrey Glass Co., a Westport bottle-maker that was founded in 1889.

Born and reared in Canton, he attended St. Brigid Elementary School, Loyola High School and Calvert Hall College, from which he graduated in 1935. He also attended the Strayer Business College for several years.

"He loved Canton and loved telling stories about the days when he worked in the Tin Decorating Co. of Baltimore plant as an office boy. He enjoyed going down to the Bay Cafe for Sunday brunch and looking up at the old building," said Bernard G. Brune, a son, who lives in Towson.

"He went back to East Baltimore for years to have his hair cut and buy his liquor, even though he lived out in Baltimore County."

During World War II, Mr. Brune served in the Army's 29th Division and was discharged in 1945.

He was an avid gardener and was "very proud of his tomatoes," said his son. He also enjoyed visiting Ocean City and playing tennis.

"He played tennis as a young man and then gave it up," the son said. "He took the game up again in his 50s and became a real fixture on the courts at Towson State [University], where he spent a lot of time playing. I couldn't beat him even though I was 20 years younger," the younger Mr. Brune said, laughing.

Mr. Brune was a past president of the Baltimore Traffic Club and the Dulaney Village Improvement Association, and was a member of Toastmasters International.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson, with interment at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Other survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Frances Zelaznicki of Baltimore; two other sons, Michael Brune and George Brune, both of Towson; three daughters, Brigid Lickteig of Annapolis and Frances Martin and Mary Burke, both of Towson; a brother, Leo Brune, and a sister, Sarah Jubb, both of Atlanta; 19 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

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