John F. Hammond, 75, ATF special agentJohn F. Hammond, a...

July 26, 1999

John F. Hammond, 75, ATF special agent

John F. Hammond, a retired special agent for the U.S. Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, died of lung cancer Friday at Good Samaritan Hospital.

He was 75 and lived in Parkville.

He was born in Binghamton, N.Y., and attended schools there before joining the Navy, serving during World War II.

After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he joined the Army and served in counter-intelligence.

He joined the ATF in the mid-1950s, retiring in the late 1970s.

He was a life member and past commander of Parkville American Legion Post 185. He was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9083 in Parkville.

He belonged to the Baltimore Civil War Roundtable, a Civil War discussion group, and collected Civil War books.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road, Parkville.

He is survived by his wife, the former Norma Sanford, whom he married in 1952; a son, Patrick Hammond, and twin daughters, Lynn Ann Clark and Margaret Hammond, all of Abingdon; two granddaughters; and a grandson.

Bertina Briscoe, 89, great-grandmother to 115

Bertina Briscoe, who was born and raised in Baltimore and was a great-grandmother to 115 children, died Wednesday of complications from liver cancer at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 89.

Mrs. Briscoe was married more than 70 years ago to Herbert Briscoe Sr., a longshoreman. He died in 1982.

She was a member of Shiloh Christian Community Church at 2500 W. Lombard St. for 60 years.

Mrs. Briscoe enjoyed sewing and crocheting and made numerous household knickknacks and accessories. She took pride in taking care of her home and, in her early years, was very active in her church.

Mrs. Briscoe was a grandmother to 58 children, a great-grandmother to 115 children and a great-great-grandmother to 30 children, according to Betty Briscoe, a granddaughter, of Baltimore.

Services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. today at the church.

She is survived by five sons, Herbert Briscoe, Albert Briscoe, Leroy Briscoe, Jack Briscoe and Gary Briscoe; five daughters, Geraldine Haskins, Aretha Critterton, Shirley Garnett, Regina Wright and Jill Cook; a brother, Dr. Clarence Pinder; and three sisters, Theresa Brown, Pearl Drummond and Mattie Hawkins. All are of Baltimore.

Gertrude Belshaw, 88, homemaker, C&P worker

Gertrude Belshaw, a Maryland native who spent much of her life as a homemaker in California, died of natural causes Wednesday at Manor Care in Chevy Chase. She was 88.

Born in Belcamp, the former Gertrude Callahan was raised in Baltimore and worked for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of Maryland.

In 1938, she married Charles L. Christ, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. They moved to Menlo Park, Calif., in 1963.

A few years after the death of her husband in 1980, she married Mortimer W. Belshaw, a photo editor with the Associated Press. She returned to Maryland in 1994 after his death.

Plans for services were pending.

She is survived by two sisters, Helen Marie Hudson of Huntsville, Ala., and Elizabeth Ann Gapetz of Aberdeen.

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