Harry E. Imwold, 82, inspection manager

July 07, 2002

Harry E. Imwold, a retired machinist and inspection manager for Crown Cork & Seal Co., Inc. and a volunteer who spent more than two decades supporting the Maryland School for the Blind, died of cancer Thursday at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 82.

The lifelong Baltimore County resident grew up on farms in the Long Green and Hydes areas during the Depression. He and his wife, the former Rosalie Snyder, moved into the Overlea neighborhood about 55 years ago, then bought a house and stayed in the area. They were married for 62 years.

Mr. Imwold retired in 1981 after working for Crown for 43 years, but kept busy working for civic and religious groups.

He helped to establish the Overlea-Fullerton baseball program, serving many years as a team manager, and the Linover Improvement Association.

He also worked for many years for the Democratic Party in Baltimore County, helping on candidates' campaigns.

Mr. Imwold became a supporter of the school for the blind and a volunteer after his daughter, Judy Cornwell, of Overlea, started working there.

"Over the past 25 years, he spent countless hours in all types of weather, distributing candy in support of the Maryland School for the Blind," said his son, Donald J. Imwold of Lutherville.

"He was touched by what type of work they were doing at the school," his son said. "He saw they were working with children with all kinds of disabilities and convinced the Knights of Columbus, Burgraff Council, where he was a member, to help support the school."

He enjoyed reading, sports, bird-watching, gardening and woodworking. He built hundreds of birdhouses that he donated to local charities to raise funds. One of the beneficiaries was St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Overlea, where Mr. Imwold was a member.

A mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Michael.

In addition to his wife, son and daughter, he is survived by another son, Dennis W. Imwold, assigned to Brazil by the U.S. State Department; and five grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Maryland School for the Blind, 3501 Taylor Ave., Baltimore 21234.

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