Jesse York, 90, broker for city customs company Jesse...

April 04, 2000

Jesse York, 90, broker for city customs company

Jesse York, a retired Baltimore customs broker, died Sunday of a heart attack at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown. He was 90 and lived in Pikesville.

Mr. York retired in 1989 as executive vice president of Samuel Shapiro & Co. Inc. His entire career was at the Baltimore customs broker and international freight forwarding company.

He was the third employee hired in 1927 by Samuel Shapiro, the company's founder.

The former longtime Mount Washington resident was raised on North Avenue. He was born Jesse Yakowitz and changed his name to York in 1947. He was a 1927 graduate of City College and during World War II served in the Navy in the Pacific as a ship's movement officer. He was discharged as a lieutenant in 1946.

In 1958, he married Shirley Resnick; she died last year.

He enjoyed reading and travel.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

He is survived by two daughters, Hilary York LaRicci of Charles Village and Melenie York of New York City.

James A. Thomas, 75, postal worker, painter

James A. Thomas, a retired postal worker and painter, died Friday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center. The West Baltimore resident was 75.

He was a mail handler in the main Baltimore post office on East Fayette Street from 1970 to 1991. Earlier, he was a baker for Rice's Bakery on Gay Street in East Baltimore from 1947 to 1970.

Born in West Baltimore, he attended Douglass High School. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and was discharged as a private in 1945.

Mr. Thomas was also an artist, and took art classes at Maryland Institute, College of Art and Waxter Center for Senior Citizens.

He enjoyed listening to Latin music and collecting art books.

Services are private.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Rosalie Anderson; two daughters, Brenda McCready of Columbia and Gail Downs of Catonsville; and four grandchildren.

Robert Leroy Himes, 60, Mount Vernon mechanic

Robert Leroy Himes, a retired mechanic, died March 28 of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 60 and lived in Govans.

He was a self-employed auto mechanic in the Mount Vernon neighborhood until bad health forced his retirement 10 years ago.

Born in Gettysburg, Pa., he was raised in the Pimlico section of Northwest Baltimore and attended local public schools.

In 1957, he married Ruth Reidel. They were divorced. In 1962, he wed Sue Price, who died several years ago.

There were no funeral services for Himes.

He is survived by a son, Robert Leroy Himes Jr. of York, Pa.; three daughters, Deborah Himes and Betty Himes, both of Baltimore and Regina Himes of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a brother, Richard Himes of Baltimore; a sister, Patricia Himes of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Gordon R. Ewing, 68, bank executive

Gordon R. Ewing, a retired banker, died Wednesday of heart failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 68 and lived in Towson.

He was vice president and manager of the international department for Maryland National Bank from 1960 until 1985, when he joined Signet Bank as vice president and manager of international operations.

He left Signet in 1992 to become director of international sales for a Baltimore manufacturing company and retired in 1996.

At his death, he was working part time for the St. Joseph Medical Center credit union.

He was active in several business groups, including the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, and was a past treasurer and board member of Maryland International Trade Association.

Born in North Baltimore, Mr. Ewing was a 1951 graduate of Gilman School and earned a bachelor's degree in business from the Johns Hopkins University in 1955.

He was a communicant of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where a memorial service was held yesterday.

He is survived by the former Joan Silver, whom he married in 1965; a son, William Sanford Ewing of Berlin, Worcester County; a daughter, Carolyn Silver Ewing of Alexandria, Va.; and a granddaughter.

Jessie G. Liebman, 86, Baltimore homemaker

Jessie G. Liebman, a former Baltimore homemaker, died Wednesday of pneumonia at Healthcare/Rehab Center in Sanford, Fla. She was 86 and had moved to central Florida in 1974.

Mrs. Liebman, whose husband of more than 50 years, Roland, died in 1990, was a communicant at Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. She was active in the Hacsenda Village Women's Club in Winter Springs, Fla., and American Association of Retired Persons.

The Baltimore native was cremated and her ashes will be interred in Maryland.

Survivors include a daughter, Jessie P. Gouchenour of Lake Mary, Fla.; a son, Roland Liebman Jr. of Glen Burnie; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandson.

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