John P. MorganHairstylistJohn P. Morgan, a popular...

February 17, 1994

John P. Morgan


John P. Morgan, a popular hairstylist in the Baltimore area, died Saturday of injuries from a fire at his Cockeysville residence. He was 37.

Known as J. P. and Jay, he worked for several years as a stylist before opening his own business in 1979. From 1980 to 1984, his salon was at Harford Road and Taylor Avenue in Parkville. At the time of his death, he was working part time.

Joe Parker, owner of J. P. & Co. Hair Cutters in the Satyr Hill Shopping Center, a friend of Mr. Morgan from childhood, recalled, "Jay used to come in as a little boy to get his hair cut, and he always said that he wanted to learn the business. After he finished barber's school, he came here to work. He was a really good hairstylist and barber -- very talented.

"He had a quick rise in the business, and everything clicked for him, that's how good he was."

Another friend, Gary Chapman of Chapman's Hair Studio on Harford Road, said, "I talked him into going into the business. He had a good clientele from around town and was naturally talented -- plus he had a wonderful personality."

Mr. Morgan's brother, Thomas J. Morgan of Towson, said, "He was so likable and had so much charisma."

John Morgan grew up in Parkville and attended Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Baynesville and Baltimore County public schools. He was a member of the first graduating class at Loch Raven Senior High School in 1974.

"He always attracted lots of people because he was so friendly," said Lucy Armstrong, a family friend.

His brother said, "He played guitar as a kid in a neighborhood garage band and was so talented with his hands that he could have been a professional carpenter."

As an enthusiastic skier, Mr. Morgan traveled to Austria, Colorado and Vermont to enjoy the sport. He collected antique barber equipment and was a gourmet cook.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 9 a.m. today at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd.

In addition to his brother Thomas, survivors include his parents, John J. and Patricia A. Morgan of Parkville; another brother, Michael J. Morgan of Parkville; a sister, Susan C. Nichols of Bel Air; a nephew; and a niece.

The family suggested memorial donations to Catholic Charities, 320 Cathedral St., 21201. Thelma Ruck, who retired 15 years ago from the Towson office of the state Department of Assessments and Taxation, died of cancer Tuesday at the home of a son in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Mrs. Ruck, who was 79 and moved to Ormond Beach from Lutherville eight years ago, had worked in the assessment office for 20 years.

She was born Thelma Liggett in Paterson, N.J., and came to the Baltimore area in the mid-1940s. Her husband, George F. Ruck, died in 1991.

A memorial service was to be held at 4 p.m. today at the Bellevue-Cedar Hill Memory Gardens Funeral Home in Daytona Beach, Fla.

She is survived by two sons, George D. Ruck of Ormond Beach and Robert B. Ruck of Slidell, La.; and three grandchildren.

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