John G. McLellan, 63, police officer, restaurateurJohn G...

October 13, 1997

John G. McLellan, 63, police officer, restaurateur

John G. McLellan, a retired Baltimore police officer and former restaurant owner, died of heart failure Friday at St. Agnes Hospital. The Hanover resident was 63.

He joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1959, served in the Southwestern and Western districts and retired in 1974.

A longtime cookbook collector and self-taught chef, Mr. McLellan was food manager for the Omni Hotel in Baltimore from 1975 until 1980. In 1982, he opened the Seaford Inn in Seaford, Del., and retired again the next year.

Mr. McLellan also was an artist, painting landscapes in oils and drawing in charcoal.

The Baltimore native was born on St. Patrick's Day and was a 1951 graduate of Eastern High School. He also attended the University of Maryland and Anne Arundel Community College.

He enlisted in the Army in 1951 and served in Germany in intelligence until 1954, when he was discharged with the rank of corporal.

Mr. McLellan was active in Glen Burnie Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 160 and was a former member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was a communicant of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, the former Patricia T. Tkacik; a son, J. Scott McLellan of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two daughters, Bridgid Seering of Ellicott City and Holly Jupitz of Pasadena; a sister, Ethel Darigan of Orlando, Fla.; five grandchildren; and a step-grandchild.

John Glenn Messick Jr., 51, Shore electronics repairman

John Glenn Messick Jr., a retired Eastern Shore electronics repairman, died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Chester. He was 51.

A native of Easton, Mr. Messick graduated from Centreville High School in 1963. He learned the television antenna business in Baltimore and moved to Chester, where he opened a shop. His business included installing satellite dishes. He retired in 1994.

Services were Friday.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Phyllis Ann Lawson; his parents, John G. and Mary Virginia Barton Messick of Queenstown; a son, John Glenn Messick III of Chester; two daughters, Tina Marie Duley of Chestertown and Michelle Lee Willey of Queenstown; a brother, William Messick of Queenstown; two sisters, Betsy Miller of Bel Air and Patricia Kittelt of Airville, Pa.; and six grandchildren.

Russell Jackson, 72, counseled, referred addicts

To drug addicts on Baltimore streets, Russell Jackson was "Squirrel" or "Mr. Squirrel." He was the small man with the raspy voice and unending concern for narcotics abusers, the one in whom they confided and trusted to find them help if they wanted it.

For more than three decades, Mr. Jackson, who died Sept. 29 of heart failure at his Charles Village home, worked at halfway houses, counseling programs and referral centers. He was 72.

Since 1973, Mr. Jackson was a counselor and coordinator at the Addict Referral and Counseling Center on West 25th Street.

"He was low-key, but he got excited when he talked to [addicts]. He really wanted to help them," said Diane McKenzie, administrative coordinator at ARCC. "He was very committed to what he did."

A Baltimore native, Mr. Jackson graduated from Douglass High School in 1943 and served in the Navy during World War II.

After he was discharged in 1946, he worked in various jobs until 1969, when he became assistant director of the old Druid Hill Avenue Residency Center, a West Baltimore halfway house. He left in the early 1970s for a job as coordinator of outpatient services at the old Logical Technical Services drug-counseling center.

A memorial service is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday at ARCC, 21 W. 25th St.

Survivors include a daughter, Laverne Holland of Baltimore; and a grandson. Cecily Meyerstein, who escaped from Dresden, Germany, in 1939 after losing her mother to a Nazi concentration camp, died of heart failure Tuesday at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown. She was 85.

The mother of a Pikesville rabbi, she was married to Ralph Meyerstein, who also fled Nazi Germany after his parents were sent to an extermination camp. The couple met in a small village created by the British to house Jewish refugees during World War II.

The Meyersteins lived in Philadelphia from 1947 until two years ago, when they moved to Pikesville to be close to their son.

Services for Mrs. Meyerstein, a homemaker, were Wednesday.

In addition to her husband of 55 years and her son, Rabbi Michael Meyerstein, she is survived by three grandsons.

James Stewart Ruckle Sr., 74, salesman, active Catholic

James Stewart Ruckle Sr., a salesman for a jewelry and trophies company who was active in several Catholic organizations, died in his sleep Saturday at his Carney residence. He was 74.

Semiretired, Mr. Ruckle, who was known as Stew, had been employed for more than 30 years as an outside salesman for Larry Beck Co. in Woodlawn.

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