Vincent Hungerford, 34, loan officer, singer

May 10, 1998|By Elaine Tassy | Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF

Vincent Anthony Hungerford, a loan officer by day and sometime rock-'n'-roll singer by night, died in a fire May 3 in his Charles Village apartment. The former Charles County resident was 34.

Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a spokesman for the Baltimore Fire Department, said investigators have determined the fire started in the living room of Mr. Hungerford's home, in the 2700 block of St. Paul St. The cause of the blaze had not been officially determined.

Mr. Hungerford, known as Tony to friends, was a loan officer at Edward & Benjamin Financial Services in downtown Baltimore. After hours he often had a different look.

He was a lead singer in the now-defunct rock group Fuzzy Lipstick, which played at Hammerjacks and other clubs, and he wore the "rocker garb" -- hair extensions, lipstick and wild clothes, said his mother, Evelyn Hungerford.

"He loved Baltimore, the eclecticness of it, the festivals, the things that I think are better than New York," his mother said. "He knew everybody -- he just was one of those young men who never met a stranger."

He sometimes played acoustic guitar with fellow musician Brett Loughry, who said Mr. Hungerford also enjoyed playing tennis, golf and pool.

Mr. Hungerford made Baltimore his home about nine years ago. He was remembered Friday by about 500 people at a memorial service at St. James Episcopal Church in Indian Head, Charles County.

He graduated from high school in 1981 and briefly attended Charles County Community College. He graduated from Towson State University with a degree in visual communication in 1991.

He is also survived by his father, Vincent Hungerford; a sister, Pamela Frank; and a grandmother, Julia Hungerford.

Jerome S. Medairy, 69, piloted boats on bay

Jerome Sinnott Medairy, a Chesapeake Bay boating pilot for 38 years, died May 3 at Lorien Columbia Nursing Center in Howard County of cancer. He was 69.

Mr. Medairy began his career as a bay pilot in 1954 and was a captain with the Association of Maryland Pilots for about 30 years. He piloted hundreds of boats from the outer points of Baltimore waterways to their docking points.

He once had the difficult experience of trying to dock a Navy aircraft carrier in Baltimore during a tugboat strike in the late 1960s.

"The skipper said to him, 'Captain, have you docked very many of these things?' and he replied, 'No, sir, that's my first one,' " recalled his brother Bernard J. Medairy Jr. of Towson.

He attended Loyola High School and City College, and played varsity football for the 1949 all-Maryland football team.

During the Korean War, he served two years in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged as a corporal in 1954.

He later moved to Columbia, where he lived until his death.

Surviving in addition to his brother: his wife, the former Charlotte Romans; two daughters, Jennifer M. Bennett of Laurel and Stephanie M. Marshall of Farmington, Conn.; a sister, Elizabeth M. Pahrman of Betterton; another brother, Mark C. Medairy of Timonium. A funeral was Thursday.

Pub Date: 5/10/98

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