J. Darwin Ross, 82, operated Baltimore concrete firmJ...

December 28, 1998

J. Darwin Ross, 82, operated Baltimore concrete firm

J. Darwin Ross, who operated a concrete products company with his father, died Saturday from complications after surgery at Sinai Hospital. He was 82.

Mr. Ross, formerly of Towson, had lived at Brightwood Retirement Community in Lutherville for several years.

He was born in Ashland, Ohio, and raised in Marietta, Ohio. He came to the Baltimore area with his family in 1938, when his father moved East to sell concrete. A few years later, Mr. Ross graduated from the Baltimore College of Commerce with a degree in business management.

In 1959, he and his father purchased Baltimore Concrete Block VTC Corp., where they had been working. Mr. Ross developed products such as architectural concrete masonry units and interlocking concrete paving stones. In 1975, the name of his company changed to Balcon Inc. He served on many concrete industry boards and in 1975 visited China on a research and goodwill mission.

He retired from the company in 1988, after Balcon built a paver plant in Crofton. In 1994, Balcon was acquired by CRH/Oldcastle, an Irish company that specializes in construction products.

A man with a passion for golf, Mr. Ross traveled extensively to pursue the game at famous courses. When he was no longer able to hit the links, he played gin with his golf buddies.

Locally, he was a founding member of the Golfers' Charitable Association, which brought the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour to Baltimore. He was a member of Baltimore Country Club, the BocaWest Club and the Engineering Society of Baltimore.

Services will be held 11 a.m. tomorrow at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, the former Patricia Ann Hagan of Moscow, Idaho; a son, Christopher Ross of Baltimore; daughters Sherril Walsh of Bethesda and Sharon Mayr of Baltimore; a sister, Twila-Louese Bilger of Baltimore; and five grandchildren. Mary June Burton, a homemaker and former Severna Park resident, died Tuesday of complications from a heart attack at a hospital in Hudson, Fla. She was 75.

Born in Clovis, N.M., Mrs. Burton moved to Maryland in 1970 when her husband was transferred here by Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors. They lived in Severna Park for 14 years before moving to Prospect Bay, south of Kent Island.

An avid golfer, she was a member of Chartwell Country Club in Severna Park and Prospect Bay Country Club. She left the area in 1992 to retire with her husband, Web, to South Carolina. Four years later, they moved to Florida.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Barranco Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Web Burton of Brooksville, Fla.; three children, Sally Burton of Fishers, Ind., Jane Burton and Scott Burton, both of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Clarence 'Sonny' Canapp, 65, house painter

Clarence "Sonny" Canapp, a Baltimore native who painted houses for a living, died of heart disease Thursday at his home in Hampden. He was 65.

As a boy, he loved to fish and crab and played baseball and basketball at Hampden Recreational Center.

Mr. Canapp had been a supervisor for Irish Painting Co. until a heart attack forced his retirement in 1988. Once his working days were over, he enjoyed watching ballgames on television and sitting on the steps in the summertime.

His longtime companion, Emma Blackstock, is deceased.

He is survived by two sisters, Anna M. "Sissy" Kates of Hampden and Mabel E. Otten of Woodberry; and two brothers, George W. "Butch" Canapp Jr. and John A. Canapp of Hampden.

No services will be held.

Pub Date: 12/28/98

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