Otto J. `Otts' Nardone, 77, IRS employee for 35 years

September 26, 2002

Otto James "Otts" Nardone, an Internal Revenue Service employee for 35 years, died Sunday at St. Joseph Medical Center of a heart attack. The Timonium resident was 77.

A Baltimore native who was raised in Highlandtown, Mr. Nardone graduated from Patterson High School, where he played varsity football. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Baltimore.

Mr. Nardone served in the Army during World War II and fought at Iwo Jima, attaining the rank of sergeant. After his discharge in 1946, he worked at the IRS and became audit branch chief for the Baltimore office.

When he retired in 1981, he received the Albert Gallatin Award for his federal service. Then-Baltimore County Executive Donald P. Hutchinson designated Feb. 19, 1981, as Otts Nardone Day.

An avid sports fan, Mr. Nardone attended Baltimore Colts football games and had season tickets for the Ravens and Orioles.

Mr. Nardone was treasurer of Citizens Outreach of Baltimore County, a charitable group that assists needy families.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd. in Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Mr. Nardone is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Shirley Young; a son, Leonard C. Nardone of Timonium; a daughter, Margaret G. Woods of Columbia; a brother, Raymond Nardone of Towson; a sister, Lena Blimline of Parkville; and four grandchildren.

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