Thomas R. Winebrener, 86, Union Bridge councilman

May 22, 2002

Thomas Robert Winebrener, owner of the Union Bridge Hardware Store and a former member of the Town Council, died of a stroke Saturday at Carroll County General Hospital. He was 86.

A longtime resident of Main Street in Union Bridge, he had owned the former Buckey's Hardware Store since 1952. Until his death, Mr. Winebrener remained active in the business, which will continue to be operated by his wife and son.

Mr. Winebrener was born and raised on Fort Avenue in Baltimore, where his family owned a Locust Point bakery. They moved to Fullerton, where he graduated from St. Joseph Parochial School.

Mr. Winebrener began his career in the hardware business as a clerk at the former Smith Hardware Store in Fullerton. After the business was taken over by Stebbins Anderson Co., he worked as its manager until buying his own business.

During World War II, he served in combat with the 88th Infantry Division in Europe.

For 33 years, until retiring this year, Mr. Winebrener had been an active member of the Union Bridge Town Council. He had been council president for several terms and served on its planning and zoning commission.

He was a member of the Union Bridge post of Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Power Squadron and the national World War II Veterans Memorial Committee.

Mr. Winebrener was a communicant of St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 9207 Church St., Libertytown, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Irene Barnes; a son, Thomas William Winebrener of Union Bridge; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.

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