Timothy W. Green, 45, florist and theater coach

May 26, 2002|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Timothy Warren Green, who owned an Inner Harbor floral business and formerly taught eighth-graders bound for Baltimore's School for the Arts, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his Pikesville home. He was 45.

The owner of the J.J. Cummings Floral Co. at the Harbor Court Hotel on Light Street in downtown Baltimore, he earlier had a career in theater. For nearly 15 years he taught and coached eighth-graders in acting -- and prepared them for School for the Arts auditions.

Born in Hartford, Conn., and raised in Avon, Conn., he was a graduate of Boston Conservatory of Music, where he studied voice and acting. As a student, he appeared as Captain Hook in Peter Pan and as the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

He moved to Baltimore in the 1980s after working at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and joined Center Stage's Young People's Theatre, a touring company that brought performances to schools throughout the state. He then joined TWIGS, an after-school outreach project for city public school pupils who were planning to audition for the arts high school at Cathedral and Madison streets in Mount Vernon.

"He really loved working with young people," said Donald Hicken, head of the School for the Arts' theater department. "He was a fine actor, and I think he could sing every song from every musical that's come along. Tim also had a wonderful sense of humor."

Mr. Green worked part time with his partner, Dale Klietz, after they bought J.J. Cummings, a floral business that had been located in the 1100 block of W. Baltimore St. As the business became more successful -- and moved to the Harbor Court Hotel -- Mr. Green devoted more time to his work with brides, convention planners and local hotels.

"He was accommodating and understanding," said Werner R. Kunz, managing director of the Harbor Court Hotel. "For him, quality and appearance was everything."

"Timmy did so many of Baltimore's high-end weddings," said a friend, Mel Hagen, Renaissance Harborplace Hotel's director of event management. "Tim's personality cemented lasting relationships with his vendors and customers. He was so happy, outlandish and fun to be with."

"He loved the world of Broadway and cabaret performances," said Bill Carmichael, a friend who is in the cast of Mamma Mia! at the Wintergarden Theater in New York. "If he hadn't had a wedding every weekend, he would be sitting down to see a show."

Private services are scheduled for tomorrow.

He is survived by his father, Alec E. Green of Green Harbor, Mass.; a brother, Perry Green of Winsted, Conn.; a sister, Nancy Comeau of Canton, Conn.; and three nephews.

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