Gerald E. Tignall Sr., 59, established contracting firm

January 06, 2002|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Gerald E. Tignall Sr., who established G.E. Tignall & Co. Inc., a Baltimore mechanical and contracting firm, died Wednesday of multiple myeloma at his Hydes home. He was 59.

Beginning with a single truck in 1971, Mr. Tignall established the company that bears his name and made it into one of the area's most prominent and successful mechanical and contracting firms. At his death, he was president of the company.

The Hunt Valley company, which is now employee-owned, has 65 workers.

Major projects the company has been involved in recently include building, renovation or installing systems at Wilde Lake Senior High School, New Psalmist Baptist Church, Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Fort Meade and Northrop Grumman Corp.

"We take pride in our work and never failed to complete a project. I feel we have been able to grow because of the craftsmanship of our work," Mr. Tignall told Amy L. Bernstein, author of Baltimore 1797-1997: Bringing Our Heritage Into the 21st Century.

"We are a unique firm in the construction industry because as the company's principal, I personally stand behind the quality of my work. I feel that is the most important reason why companies select us to do their projects," he said.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Edmondson Village, Mr. Tignall dropped out of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School and worked briefly as a laborer. He later completed an apprenticeship at Poole and Kent Co.

He was an officer of the American Subcontractors Association and a member of the Building Congress Exchange.

Mr. Tignall's charitable and educational interests included Food for the Poor, Mercy High School and the Carmelite Monastery.

He was an avid golfer and member of the Country Club of Maryland. He also enjoyed gardening.

Mr. Tignall was married in 1963 to May Birkett, who survives him.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike, Hydes, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Tignall is survived by his son, Gerald E. Tignall Jr. of Appleton, Wis.; four daughters, Julie Clark of Reisterstown, Jean Miller of Catonsville, Jacqueline Taylor of Fawn Grove, Pa., and Jessica Tignall of Towson; his mother, Helen Tignall of Baltimore; four brothers, Carroll Tignall of Reisterstown, Raymond Tignall of Sykesville, Lawrence Tignall of Frederick and Charles Tignall of Norcross, Ga.; two sisters, Geraldine Ackerman of Baldwin and Marian Muth of Baltimore; and 12 grandchildren. A daughter, Jennifer Tignall, died in 1993.

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