Daniel P. Worthington, 64, food broker

February 12, 1996|By Michael Ollove | Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF

Daniel Paul Worthington Jr., president of Jim Myers Food Brokers Inc., died Friday of head injuries suffered in a fall two weeks earlier. He was 64 and a lifelong resident of North Baltimore.

The Baltimore native was a standout football and baseball player at Calvert Hall College, from which he graduated in 1949. After four years in the Coast Guard, he was a salesman for more than 20 years with Carnation Food Services. In 1978, he bought half of Jim Myers Food Brokers of Laurel, a middleman between manufacturers and distributors.

In 1955, he married Virginia Lee Allenbaugh, also of Baltimore. They raised six daughters in their rowhouse in Govans.

"People always said he was a saint because he shared our one bathroom with six teen-age girls," said Kathleen Rose Worthington of Morehead, Ky., the second-youngest daughter.

In September, the children surprised their parents with a 40th wedding anniversary party at their church, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Govans. More than 200 people attended.

Mr. Worthington never missed the Thanksgiving Day football game at Memorial Stadium between Calvert Hall and Loyola High School, usually bringing his daughters and wife.

While his children were young, he was also a fixture on the athletic fields in North Baltimore, where his girls competed in sports.

Education was even more important to him. "My dad never went to college, but he made sure we did," Ms. Worthington said. All six daughters graduated from college, and four have advanced degrees.

For years, Mr. Worthington was parish council president at St. Mary's, and he could be found running the Big Six wheel at every church fund-raiser.

He also was active in the Chinquapin Park Improvement Association, the Calvert Hall Alumni Association and the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, an organization of Coast Guard veterans who had escorted destroyers to and from port.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary's, 5502 York Road.

Other survivors include five other daughters, Mary Agnes Delfosse of Upland, Calif., Virginia Lee Worthington of Columbia, Margaret Ann Prado of Bethesda, Joan Worthington-Howington, who lives in her father's boyhood home on Chestnut Hill Avenue, and Dana Worthington-Weaver of Houston; two sisters, Kitty Meyer and Margaret Moran, both of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

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