Leah L. Staley, 82, helped seniors prepare taxesLeah L...

November 10, 1999

Leah L. Staley, 82, helped seniors prepare taxes

Leah L. Staley, a former partner in Staley Supply Co. and founder of a tax-assistance preparation program for senior citizens, died Saturday of emphysema at her Cambridge home. She was 82.

Mrs. Staley, who formerly lived on a farm in Baldwin, moved to Cambridge in 1960, and with her husband founded Staley Supply Co. The couple sold the business in 1982.

She established the tax preparation program for the elderly in 1980 that is based in the Dorchester County Public Library.

The former Leah Lane, who was born in Salisbury and raised in the Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood in North Baltimore, was a 1933 graduate of the old Girls' Latin School.

She was married in 1934 to Harry Chapline Staley Jr., owner of Druid Oak Belting Co., and worked for the Baltimore County Recreation and Parks Department from 1950 to 1960.

An avid golfer, Mrs. Staley was the 1938 Baltimore City Woman's Golf Champion.

A memorial service was held Monday at St. John's Chapel Episcopal Church in Cornersville, Dorchester County, where she had been a member for 39 years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughter, Barbara Staley Field of Cambridge; a brother, Malcolm Lane of Roland Park; a sister, Nancy Lane Hebb of Roland Park; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Thomas James Barry, 72, McCormick & Co. employee

Thomas James Barry, a retired McCormick & Co. employee and volunteer, died Friday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. The Northwood resident was 72.

Mr. Barry retired in 1985 from the Hunt Valley-based spice maker and flavoring company where he had worked in the new products division for 25 years. Earlier, he had worked for General Foods.

Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Barry was a graduate of LaSalle Academy in New York and earned his bachelor's degree from Columbia University in 1947.

A past president of the Exchange Club of Baltimore and the Hillen Road Improvement Association, Mr. Barry volunteered at Stella Maris Hospice and William S. Baer School in Baltimore.

He was also a member of the Nonpareil Rowing Club of New York City and was a past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus. He also was a member of the Downtown Athletic Club where he enjoyed playing handball.

He was a communicant of St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Baynesville where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Joan G. Schmulling; a son, Thomas M. Barry of Fairfax, Va.; two daughters, Joan B. Workman of Stoneleigh and Maureen B. Tracy of Williamsburg, Va.; two sisters, Ellen Barry of New York City, and Peggy Fallon of Metuchen, N.J.; and six grandchildren.

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