Cliff Roop, 45, councilman in Arundel, Severna Park resident

January 05, 2000|By Amy Oakes | Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County Councilman Cliff Roop collapsed and died of a heart attack Monday night, minutes after stepping out of a meeting and discussion on zoning amendments. The Severna Park Republican was 45.

The owner of the Colony 7 Shell Service Station, Roop was active in the Republican Party, neighborhood groups and coaching youth athletics before his election to the County Council in November 1998.

From his constituents in the 5th District to his two daughters, Roop devoted his life to making theirs better, friends and colleagues said yesterday. County officials have established a memorial scholarship fund for Roop's daughters.

A native of Alexandria, Va., Roop earned a bachelor's degree in economics and business in 1976 from Emory and Henry College. He worked for Shell Oil Co. for nine years, then became owner of the service station at Annapolis Junction.

He was a member of Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian Church in Cape St. Claire, the Severna Park Chamber of Commerce and the Elephant Club.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park, with burial at 3 p.m. at Mount Comfort Cemetery, 6680 Kings Highway, Fairfax, Va.

Roop is survived by his daughters Amy, 15, and Jamie Leigh, 10, and his former wife, Lynnell Leighty Roop, all of Bethlehem, Pa.; a brother, Fred Roop Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and a sister, Ruth Nielson of Arlington, Va.

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