John E. Sinnott, 85, founder of electrical firm John...

February 14, 2000

John E. Sinnott, 85, founder of electrical firm

John Edward Sinnott, an electrician who founded Sinnott Electric Co., died Tuesday of leukemia at his Hamilton residence. He was 85.

Mr. Sinnott had been chief electrician at American Can Co. plants in Canton and later Halethorpe before his retirement in 1963.

That year, he established the commercial and residential electrical contracting company that is now owned and operated by his sons. He retired a second time in 1970.

The lifelong Hamilton resident was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

Interested in Democratic politics, he was a founder of Northeast Democratic Club, which later became Unity Democratic Club.

He was a communicant of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Gladys Clem, whom he married in 1941; three sons, Edward J. Sinnott of Chambersburg, Pa., Thomas P. Sinnott of Kingsville and Kenneth R. Sinnott of Essex; a daughter, Cecilia B. Garner of Bowleys Quarters; three sisters, Mary Diem of Fallston, Anna Watson of Parkville and Veronica Carroll of Hamilton; and three grandchildren.

Joan J. Insley, 69, homemaker and volunteer

Joan J. Insley, a homemaker and volunteer, died Tuesday of lung cancer at her home in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County. She was 69.

Born Joan Jeffrey, she was raised in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from Chatham Hall School in Virginia. She attended Wellesley College and later worked in New York City in the design department of a greeting card company.

She was married in 1954 to Alan Webb Insley.

Mrs. Insley was a longtime member of the Women's Board of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

She was a member of the L'Hirondelle Club and the Mount Vernon Club. An avid gardener, she was also a member of the Ivy Garden Club.

She was a communicant of Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, where a memorial service was held Friday.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Insley is survived by a son, Edwin Jeffrey Insley of Westport, Conn.; two daughters, Anne Insley Clemson of Ruxton and Elliott Conway Insley of Glen Ellen, Calif.; two brothers, Joseph A. Jeffrey Jr. of Columbus, Ohio, and David L. K. Jeffrey of Tenafly, N.J.; a sister, Anne J. Robinson of Gambier, Ohio; and two grandsons.

Lily Evelyn Mitchell, 73, administrative assistant

Lily Evelyn Mitchell, who worked as an administrative assistant at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for more than two decades, died Thursday of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 73.

Mrs. Mitchell, who formerly lived in Mount Washington and was a Catonsville resident at the time of her death, had worked as an administrative assistant to Dr. Daniel Nathans from 1977 until retiring in 1998. Dr. Nathans, whose work with DNA earned him the Nobel Prize in 1978, died last year.

Mrs. Mitchell had worked in a similar capacity for IBM in New York City during the 1950s.

Born Lily Evelyn Matthews in Easton, she was raised in Baltimore. She was a graduate of Southern High School.

She was married in 1948 to Robert Hayes Cowan, who died in 1974. In 1985, she married Robert Mitchell Jr., who died in 1998.

She was a member of the Mount Washington Club and a communicant of St. Stephen's Traditional Episcopal Church in Timonium, where services were held Saturday.

She is survived by a nephew and five nieces.

Donald Leroy Bull, 52, truck driver, fire official

Donald Leroy Bull, a truck driver and Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company official, died Thursday in a truck maintenance accident at his Pikesville home. He was 52.

Born in Hereford, where he graduated from Hereford High School, he had been a member of Cockeysville Fire Company.

He joined the Pikesville company in 1967 and was promoted to lieutenant several years later. For more than 30 years, he served as superintendent of machinery at the company's headquarters on Sudbrook Lane.

A self-employed truck driver and master mechanic, he owned a fleet of dump trucks and heavy equipment.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sharon Berryman, whom he married in 1965; a son, Christopher Bull of Pikesville; and a sister, Connie Friedel of Towson.

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