Roger Ralph Snyder, 64, leasing executive, singer Roger...

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March 25, 2002

Roger Ralph Snyder, 64, leasing executive, singer

Roger Ralph Snyder, a retired leasing executive who performed for more than 40 years with the Chorus of the Chesapeake, died Thursday of complications from diabetes at York Memorial Hospital in York, Pa. He was 64.

The former longtime Baldwin resident, who had lived in New Freedom, Pa., for the past two years, was born and reared in White Marsh. He was a 1956 graduate of Parkville High School and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore in 1968.

Mr. Snyder began his career with Leaseway Transportation in 1955. He later was promoted to safety director for Anchor Motor, a subsidiary of Leaseway Transportation. He then served as president of the company's Executive Auto Leasing division.

In 1992, he joined American International Group in Columbia, where he worked in the company's Residual Auto Fleet Insurance Division, until retiring on a medical disability last year.

A bass, he was a member for more than 40 years of the Chorus of the Chesapeake, and helped establish chapters in Harford County and Westminster.

Mr. Snyder had been a member for 25 years of Trinity Episcopal Church in Long Green, where he had been a vestryman and a member of the choir.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, 5801 Harford Road.

Mr. Snyder is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Beverly Greer; two daughters, Karen Laney Plummer of Frederick and Linda Paige Snyder of Towson; a sister, Audrey Hiser of Cape Cod, Mass.; and a grandson.

Rev. Charles H. Quinn, 84, pastor of Dundalk church

The Rev. Charles H. Quinn, former pastor of Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Dundalk, died Friday of dementia at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 84.

He was born in Baltimore and reared on Kennedy Avenue near Clifton Park. Father Quinn's ambition, starting in his childhood, was to become a priest, said a brother, Edward C. Quinn of Fullerton.

After graduating from St. Charles Seminary in Catonsville, Father Quinn earned additional degrees from St. Mary's Seminary and University, attending its campus at Paca Street and then Roland Park.

Ordained in 1943, he was assigned as a parish priest to St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Westernport, where he served until 1961, when he became pastor of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Hancock.

In 1965, Father Quinn was assigned to St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore, which combined with St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in 1968. From 1967 until his retirement in 1992, he pastored Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Dundalk.

When Father Quinn retired, he moved to Long Crandon, the former home of Baltimore businessman William Wallace Lanahan, which is now part of the Stella Maris Hospice complex.

He enjoyed playing golf and photography.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Hope Church, 1727 Lynch Road, Dundalk.

In addition to his brother, he is survived by another brother, Clarence C. Quinn of Bel Air; and a sister, Mary Louise Klemm of Olathe, Kan.

James Carroll Beese Jr., 78, F.C. Clifford Inc. owner

James Carroll Beese Jr., the retired president and owner of F.C. Clifford Inc., a heating, ventilating and air conditioning company, died Thursday of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He was 78 and lived in Homeland.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Melrose Avenue, Mr. Beese was a 1942 graduate of McDonogh School. After graduating, he joined the Army Air Forces and was accepted into the Army's Specialized Training Program. Trained as a communications expert, he was assigned to 10th Army Headquarters in Seoul, Korea. He was discharged with the rank of technical sergeant in 1946.

After earning his bachelor's degree in the late 1940s from the University of Maryland, he began his career as a salesman for F.C. Clifford Inc., which had been founded in Baltimore in 1921. In 1953, he took over ownership of the company from its founder, and continued to operate the business until selling it in 1994.

"He was always well-regarded in the industry," said George "Skip" Wahl, current owner and president of F.C. Clifford Inc. "He hired me in 1959 and was my mentor."

In 1960, Mr. Beese was a founder of the Mechanical Equipment Manufacturers Association, a professional organization. He later served as its president. He was also a member and former president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.

He was a past Rotary Club president and was named a Paul Harris Fellow, which is a humanitarian award presented by the Rotary Club to an individual in recognition of service to the community.

Mr. Beese was a communicant and longtime usher at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5500 York Road, Govans, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

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