Ralph L. Mink Sr., 76, Black & Decker supervisor

July 19, 2002

Ralph Lawrence Mink Sr., a retired supervisor for Black & Decker Corp. who was active in Masonic affairs, died of respiratory failure Tuesday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The Forest Hill resident was 76.

The lifelong Harford County resident was born and raised in Bel Air and attended county public schools.

He went to work for Black & Decker in 1949 and spent most of his 37-year career at the company's manufacturing plant in Towson. After he retired, he continued to work part time for the company at its plant in Hampstead, Carroll County.

In addition to working for Black & Decker, Mr. Mink worked for more than 50 years at Bircham's Food Market in Jarrettsville.

"It was an old-time country store, and he was friends with the owners," said his wife of 55 years, the former Irene Helen "Deedie" Barrow. "He cut meat and pumped gas. Until 1997, he pumped gas on Sundays at the Woodbrook Exxon station on North Charles Street."

Mr. Mink was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Bel Air, the Scottish Rite and the Boumi Temple. He enjoyed gardening and mowing his lawn.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at McComas Funeral Home, 50 W. Broadway, Bel Air.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Ralph L. Mink Jr. of Abingdon; four daughters, Victoria H. Troyer and Deborah M. Magness, both of Bel Air, Barbara J. Hickman of Aberdeen and Kim M. Sajjad of Sparks; five brothers, Jack Mink of Easton, Robert Mink of Ash, N.C., Jimmy Mink of Pennsylvania, Jessie Mink of Bel Air and Terry Mink of Forest Hill; a sister, Betty Flanagan of Rising Sun; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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