John Warder Janney Jr., an electrical contractor who supervised the wiring of 17 branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library during the 1950s, died of heart failure Dec. 15 at the Meridian Nursing Center in Parkville. He was 84.
At his death, he was the oldest member of the Baltimore County Electrical Contractors Association.
After graduating from City College in 1929, he began his career with Western Electric Co. and worked in the field for the next 60 years. During World War II and the Korean War, he helped wire ships at Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.
In 1956, as a supervisor for Wylie Plumbing and Heating Co., he oversaw the wiring of 17 neighborhood Pratt branches and later supervised rewiring of the Montebello water-filtration plant. From to 1969, he was an electrical inspector with the city and was self-employed for many years.
Services for the 50-year resident of Idlewylde will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at First and St. Stephen's United Church of Christ, 6915 York Road in Towson.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Marguerite Gallion; two sons, Richard A. Janney of Eldersburg and Charles G. Janney of Phoenix; a brother, A. Gordon Janney of Hunt Valley; and four grandchildren.