John A. 'Jack' Haag Jr., 68, Baltimore police officerJohn...

June 07, 1998

John A. 'Jack' Haag Jr., 68, Baltimore police officer

John A. "Jack" Haag Jr., a Baltimore police officer for 35 years, died of cancer May 29 at Mercy Medical Center after an illness of seven years. He was 68, and had recently moved to Forest Hill after living for 38 years in Gardenville.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Haag served in the Air Force Reserve's 140th Fighter Squadron before joining the police force in 1954. He served in the Western District and the Traffic Investigation Section, retiring in 1989.

In 1986, he chased down and tackled a youth armed with a handgun after a shooting outside Herring Run Junior High School that wounded a student bystander.

Mr. Haag was a member of the Archbishop Curley Council of the Knights of Columbus and a communicant at St. Anthony's Church and later St. Ignatius Church in Hickory, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday.

Mr. Haag is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Doris Nagle; two daughters, Robin DiPasquale of Kingsville and Teresa King of Baltimore; three sons, John A. Haag III of Long Beach, Calif., Michael A. Haag of West Chester, Pa., and Kenneth A. Haag of Abingdon; and nine grandchildren.

Thomas E. Abel, 78, Goetz butcher

Thomas E. Abel, a former butcher for the old Albert F. Goetz meat company in Baltimore, died Wednesday at St. Agnes Hospital from stroke complications. The West Baltimore resident was 78.

A native of Blythewood, S.C., Mr. Abel served in the Army during World War II. He worked for Goetz from 1950 to 1975, and then at VanDen Bergh Foods Co.

Mr. Abel was a member of the Prince Hall Masonic lodge.

His wife of 52 years, the former Martha Adamson, died last year.

Surviving are two sons, William Durham of Spartanburg, S.C., and David Garrett of Baltimore; two daughters, Rosa Bennett and Ethel Zimmerman, both of Baltimore; four brothers, John Abel of Portsmouth, Va., Carl Abel of Compton, Calif., and Leroy Abel and Albert Abel, both of Los Angeles; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. todayat the James A. Morton and Sons Funeral Home, 1701 Laurens St.

Dr. William J. Supik, 85, surgeon at St. Joseph

Dr. William J. Supik, former chief of colon and rectal surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center, died there of a heart attack May 31. The Dulaney Valley resident was 85.

Dr. Supik, whose career at the Towson hospital spanned 36 years, was elected president of the medical staff in 1961 and was later appointed chief of colon and rectal surgery -- a position he held until retiring in 1991.

Born and raised in East Baltimore and the son of Czech immigrants, Dr. Supik was a graduate of Loyola High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1932 and his medical degree in 1936, both from the University of Maryland.

After his residency at St. Joseph, then on Caroline Street, he enlisted in the Army Medical Corps in 1944 and served in China, Burma, India and Vietnam.

He began his practice on St. Paul Street and joined the medical staff of St. Joseph in 1955.

In 1942, he married the former Ruth Mae Schoelkopf, who died in 1996.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday.

He is survived by two sons, Thomas C. Supik of Phoenix, Baltimore County, and Robert M. Supik of Cockeysville; two daughters, Cynthia S. Taylor of Harrisburg, Pa., and Mary S. Birkl of Cockeysville; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 6/07/98

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