Theodore R. Brockman, 74, owned cigar-making

April 19, 2002

Theodore R. Brockman, 74, owned cigar-making plant

Theodore Riley Brockman, who owned a cigar-making plant and was considered an expert in the blending of smoking tobacco, died of cancer Monday at his home in Ambler, Pa. He was 74 and lived in Overlea until 1963.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Overlea, he was a 1946 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a degree at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., in 1950.

He was an owner of the Schafer-Pfaff Cigar Co., a Baltimore business founded by his great-uncle. He headed the manufacturing division at Aliceanna and Wolfe streets in Fells Point that produced cigars under the brand names of Uncle Willie, Fire King, Monument Square, Imperio, Pride of Baltimore and Clifton Park. He also helped supervise a retail store at Lombard and Light streets.

He moved to Ambler about 40 years ago, and was an official of the Bayuk Cigar Co. in Philadelphia and General Cigar Co. in New York.

Before his 1989 retirement, he was General's vice president for manufacturing and oversaw production of the White Owl, Robert Burns, Garcia Vega, Partagas, Ramon Allones, Cifuentes and Macanudo brands.

Services were held yesterday in Ambler.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former M. Jane Sant; four sons, Ted Sant Brockman of Flemington, N.J., Paul Scott Brockman of Mohnton, Pa., Peter Clinton Brockman of Erdenheim, Pa., and Mark Spafford Brockman of Blandon, Pa.; and nine grandchildren.

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