Bernard M. Willemain, 79, planner and developer Bernard...

April 07, 2000

Bernard M. Willemain, 79, planner and developer

Bernard Maurice Willemain, a planner and developer, died March 31 of heart failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 79.

Mr. Willemain had been a resident of Phoenix since 1956. He was Baltimore County's deputy director of planning from 1948 to 1952, when he established Bernard Willemain & Associates, planning consultants.

Recently, he had been a real estate developer.

Born in Holyoke, Mass., he earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Massachusetts State, now the University of Massachusetts, in 1947, and his master's degree in city planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1948.

During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Silver Star. He was discharged as a lieutenant in 1945.

Active in the civil rights movement and interested in social justice, Mr. Willemain took part in the integration of several Towson establishments during the 1960s.

He enjoyed working on the grounds of his 11 acres, and woodworking.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Hydes, and also attended the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rose Grant Willemain; five sons, David Willemain of Baltimore, Richard Willemain of Louisville, Ky., B. Joseph Willemain of Parkton, and Stephen Willemain and Nicholas Willemain, both of Cockeysville; nine daughters, Susan Robertson of Hagerstown, Elisabeth Radomsky of Long Green, Mary Cooley of Elkton, Ore., Martha Willemain of Baltimore, Karen Powder of Suffolk, Va., Joan Willemain of Seattle, Christina Luipersbeck of Hagerstown, Barbara Willemain of Baltimore and Janet Willemain of New York City; 38 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Leroy Garfield Trapp, 71, construction worker

Leroy Garfield Trapp, a retired construction worker and gourmet cook, died Wednesday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 71 and had lived for about 20 years on Druid Hill Avenue.

He was vice president of Marble Hill Neighborhood Association at the time of his death.

The Baltimore native attended city schools and a year of community college before he became a concrete construction worker. He retired in the late 1980s.

In retirement, he enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and cooking -- "from gourmet to down-home, and he loved to bake," said his wife of more than 24 years, the former Constance Myers.

Services were held Tuesday.

Other survivors include three daughters, Valerie Williams-Price, and Sandra Renee Jordan, both of Baltimore, and Zakiya Muhangi of Cincinnati; a son, Jerome Walter Myers Jr. of Baltimore; and 10 grandchildren.

J. Keith O'Brien Sr., 86, Sun carrier, store owner

J. Keith O'Brien Sr., a former Sunpapers carrier and route owner who later owned and operated a Govans convenience store, died Monday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 86 and a longtime Towson resident.

Mr. O'Brien delivered The Sun, Evening Sun and Sunday Sun to subscribers in the Towson area from the mid-1930s to 1963.

He was known by his customers for his dependability. Not even the February 1958 blizzard, which dumped 15.5 inches of snow on Baltimore, or the heavy snow a month later that left up to a million Baltimore-area homes without phones or power, kept him from his deliveries.

"He got to all of his customers by foot and truck," said his son, Patrick W. O'Brien Sr. of Cockeysville.

From 1963 to 1981, when he sold the business and retired, Mr. O'Brien owned O'Brien's Liquors on Old York Road and Willow Avenue in Govans.

Born and raised in Govans, he attended Polytechnic Institute until his junior year, when he left to help support his family.

He married Mary Helen Beall in the mid-1930s. She died in 1985.

He was an avid vegetable gardener and a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday.

Mr. O'Brien is survived by another son, Joseph K. O'Brien Jr. of Towson; a sister, Nellie O'Brien Sager of Granbury, Texas; and four grandchildren.

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