Albert J. Knighton, 74, maritime firm vice presidentAlbert...

November 10, 1995

Albert J. Knighton, 74, maritime firm vice president

Albert J. Knighton, a retired vice president of bulk cargo for the John S. Connor maritime firm, died Monday of cancer at his Catonsville home.

Mr. Knighton, who was 74, retired in 1983 after a decade as vice president of the company, serving as agent for about 70 percent of the coal ships calling at the Baltimore port.

He joined the Connor firm in 1957, but had begun working at the port in 1939 when he traded a job on an ice truck for one as a mail clerk with the maritime firm of Furness, Withey & Co.

He served in the Coast Guard during World War II, returning to Furness as a water clerk, or boarding agent. He was responsible for boarding incoming ships, making sure supplies were in and the crew paid, but he sometimes had unusual details -- such as the time he took 20 sailors to a hospital.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and attended the University of Baltimore.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church, 30 Melvin Ave. in Catonsville.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary G. McGreevy; three sons, Mark J. Knighton of Baltimore, James C. Knighton of Catonsville and Philip M. Knighton of Campeche, Mexico; a daughter, Nancy K. Greer of Ellicott City; three sisters, Margaret D. Murphy of Baltimore, Elizabeth Cogswell of Littlestown, Pa., and Regina Voelker of Fallston; and five grandchildren.

Lola Laraine Prietz, a former housekeeper at the George J. Gonce Funeral Home in Brooklyn, died Tuesday of heart failure at her Brooklyn Park home. She was 59.

Mrs. Prietz was a native of Baltimore, and graduated from Catonsville High School. She worked in the 1980s at the funeral home at 4001 Ritchie Highway, where services were set for 11 a.m. today.

She is survived by her husband, Frederick P. Prietz Jr.; a son, Frederick P. Prietz III of Brooklyn Park; a daughter, Lavada A. Marshall of Pasadena; four sisters, Ottlie Bruce, Iris Priebe and Marlene Bolyard, all of Doswell, Va., and Eileen Magravero of Ormond Beach, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

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