Henry Myers built auto glass chain

February 27, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Henry J. Myers, a retired accountant who helped turn a three-store automobile glass repair business into a national chain, died Wednesday of cancer at his Cockeysville home. He was 68.

In 1974, he and a partner took over B&B Auto Glass, changed its name to Safelite Auto Glass and expanded it into a multimillion-dollar business with 33 stores. He retired in 1987 after the business was sold but remained as a board member and consultant.

Earlier, he had been comptroller for many years with the food division of Hoffberger Enterprises.

Known as "Dutch," Mr. Myers was born and reared in Hamilton and was a 1943 graduate of City College.

He enlisted in the Marines during World War II and served in the Pacific Theater.

After his discharge as a sergeant in 1946, he returned to Baltimore and earned an associate's degree from the Baltimore College of Commerce and bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Baltimore.

He helped coach swimming, basketball, football and baseball at the Towson and Dundalk YMCAs. In 1971, he coached the Cub Hill Vikings youth football team that won the Miami Gobbler Bowl.

In November, the team had a reunion.

He was a member of the Scottish Rite, the Boumi Temple, where he held numerous offices, the John H. B. Latrobe Lodge No. 165, the American Legion Parkville Post No. 183 and the Towson Golf and Country Club.

A funeral was held yesterday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, with interment at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum.

Mr. Myers is survived by his wife, the former Doris N. Reidy of Baltimore, whom he married in 1947; a son, Henry "Jay" Myers Jr. of Ellicott City; two daughters, Barbara A. Phoebus of White Marsh and Nancy G. M. Dodson of Jarrettsville; three brothers, Arthur L. Myers of Hillendale and Louis Myers and Richard Myers, both of Towson; two sisters, Beverly Green of Baltimore and Dorothy Hays of Jarrettsville; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Boumi Temple Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, c/o Boumi Temple, 4900 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210.

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