Wasyl Demidenko, 44, helped the elderlyWasyl Demidenko, a...

April 17, 1997

Wasyl Demidenko, 44, helped the elderly

Wasyl Demidenko, a former autoworker who was known throughout his Highlandtown neighborhood for his concern for the elderly, died of a heart attack Sunday. He was 44.

Mr. Demidenko, who was known as Billy, left his assembly line job at General Motors Corp.'s Broening Highway plant in the late 1970s to take care of his ailing parents.

"He was selflessly devoted to them and the other old people in the neighborhood," said a sister-in-law, Barbara Gaver Demidenko of Mount Washington. "He took them to their doctors' appointments and shopping. He looked in on them to make sure they were OK. He really believed in doing good deeds for others."

Mr. Demidenko was the third son of parents who had immigrated to Baltimore from Ukraine in 1950. He graduated from Patterson High School in 1970, then went to work at General Motors.

Mr. Demidenko was a former president of the East Baltimore Youth Council and was a communicant of St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church in East Baltimore. He wrote poetry and collected antiques.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Zeiler & Lilly Funeral Home, Eastern Avenue and Wolfe Street.

He is survived by his mother, Barbara Demidenko of Highlandtown; two brothers, Walter Demidenko of Lansdowne and Henry Demidenko of Highlandtown; and two nephews.

R. Travis de Grouchy, 77, sales representative

R. Travis de Grouchy, a retired sales representative for a Baltimore toolmaker, died of Parkinson's disease Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 77 and lived in Glen Arm.

In 1975, he retired from L.A. Benson Co. Inc., an industrial toolmaker where he had worked for many years.

Born and raised in Ardmore, Pa., he graduated from high school there and attended Rutgers University.

During World War II, he served with the Coast Guard on anti-submarine patrols in the North Atlantic. He was discharged with the rank of boatswain's mate.

An avid swimmer, he was a member of the Senior Olympics team and placed third in the 1991 Senior Olympics at Towson State University.

He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and an usher and former communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Baynesville.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Marie Teefy; two sons, Paul de Grouchy of Baldwin and R. Travis de Grouchy of Tacoma, Wash.; three daughters, Terry Alsobrook of Lutherville, Joanne de Grouchy-Koch of Baldwin and Yvonne D'Amore of Fort Worth, Texas; two brothers, Jack de Grouchy of Princeton, N.J., and Richard de Grouchy of Stone Harbor, N.J.; a sister, Sally McCaffrey of Boulder, Colo.; and 10 grandchildren.

Pub Date: 4/17/97

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