Joseph Thomas Holmes, 47, electrical engineerJoseph Thomas...

March 17, 1997

Joseph Thomas Holmes, 47, electrical engineer

Joseph Thomas Holmes, an electrical engineer for MicroProse Games Inc. of Hunt Valley, died March 10 of an undetermined, lengthy illness at Rock Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Catonsville. He was 47 and lived in Pasadena.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Pasadena, where he was an Eagle Scout in his youth, he graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in 1967 and earned an engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972.

He was a communicant of the Catholic Community at Relay, where he sang with the church choir and played piano and organ. He was active in the church's prison ministry.

His marriage to the former Deborah Evans ended in divorce.

He is survived by his son, Keiran J. Holmes of Pasadena; his parents, Hugh and Margaret Holmes of Pasadena; three brothers, Michael H. Holmes of Gaithersburg, Patrick A. Holmes of Baltimore and Stephen J. Holmes of Bel Air; two sisters, Ann M. Elsroad of Severn and M. Karen Rist of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday. Robert Stanley Ford, a businessman who had lived in Timonium and Sparks, died of cancer Friday at Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Leesburg, Fla. He was 72 and lived in Lady Lake, Fla.

He was a sales representative for Lees Carbon, now Burlington Industries, and later was division manager for J. S. Fusting & Co., a marketing firm. He retired seven years ago.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, he served in the Navy for three years during World War II.

He was an avid golfer and a member of the Country Club of Maryland in Towson.

In 1967, he and his wife of 45 years, Patricia, settled in Timonium. The couple moved to Loveton Farms in Sparks eight years ago and to Lady Lake in October.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Florida.

His son, Scott, was killed at age 20 in 1977 in an accident aboard a Navy aircraft carrier off the coast of Korea.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Caryl L. Scesney of Vernon, N.J.; and two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 3/17/97

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