Harry W. Morfoot, 79, owned roller skating rink

January 02, 1999

Harry W. Morfoot, owner of Sportsman's Hall Roller Skating Center in Upperco, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Carroll County General Hospital. The Upperco resident was 79.

Mr. Morfoot was born in Baltimore and grew up in the Oakenshawe neighborhood. He attended Guilford Elementary School and Roland Park Junior High School.

As a young man, he took over his grandfather's farm in Upperco and set up a huckstering route in the city, selling eggs and farm produce from a truck.

In May 1959, he opened the roller-skating rink in the 15500 block of Hanover Road in Upperco. The establishment featured live organ music, a maple floor and a snack bar.

The skating center burned in 1992 and was rebuilt nearly four years later. Mr. Morfoot continued to operate it with his son, Barry K. Morfoot of Upperco.

"My father started talking about building a roller rink when he was 6 years old. He learned to skate on the streets of Baltimore, and skating was his entire life," said Barry Morfoot.

Mr. Morfoot was a longtime member of the Roller Skating Association and skated with the Baltimore Bees roller hockey team in the 1940s and 1950s.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Eline Funeral Home, 934 S. Main St., Hampstead.

In addition to Barry Morfoot, he is survived by three other sons, Harry R. Morfoot and Larry D. Morfoot, both of Upperco, and Garry B. Morfoot of Oakland; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

DONALD N. JONES, 57, IRS MANAGER

Donald N. Jones, an Internal Revenue Service manager who loved to golf and coach Little League baseball, died of a heart attack Thursday outside his home in Lutherville. He was 57.

Born on a dairy farm in Utica, N.Y., Mr. Jones graduated from Holland Patent Central High School in New York in 1959 and earned an accounting degree from Utica College at Syracuse University in 1963.

He worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 35 years and was a branch chief for an office in Baltimore when he died.

Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sandra Evans Jones of Lutherville; three sons, Robert Jones of Westminster, Edward Jones of Hunt Valley and Joseph Jones of Lutherville; his father, Robert Jones; two brothers, Willard Jones and Merwin Jones, and a sister, Marilyn Jones Lubeck, all of Rome, N.Y.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Prince-Boyd Hyatt Funeral Home in Rome, N.Y.

Donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 8501 LaSalle Road, Towson 21204.

MARY-MOORE HOLMES, 71, TAUGHT AT ST. PAUL SCHOOL

Mary-Moore "Mimi" Holmes, a teacher at the St. Paul School for Girls in Brooklandville whose hobbies ranged from archaeology to ham radio, died Sunday of cancer of the liver at her home in Towson. She was 71.

For 30 years until her retirement in 1994, Ms. Holmes threw her heart into her work at the 330-student Episcopal school north of Baltimore, teaching English and religion and coordinating the middle-school grades.

"She was a very good teacher, taking girls on camping trips and on outings all the way to Colonial Williamsburg [in Virginia]," said Llewellyn Pretlow, 76, a friend and housemate of Ms. Holmes. "She just loved working with children and loved to learn herself."

Born in Baltimore, Ms. Holmes graduated from Bryn Mawr School in the city in 1945 and earned a degree in education from Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., in 1950.

She served as an elder at Towson Presbyterian Church and spent one summer on an archaeological dig in Israel. One of her favorite pastimes was communicating with distant acquaintances by ham radio.

A memorial service was held Dec. 30.

She is survived by two brothers, James Holmes of Wilmington, Del., and A. Rutherfoord Holmes of Sykesville; a sister, Rosa Seddon Davis of Summit, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.

Pub Date: 1/02/99

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