James E. Malone, 74, Balto. Co. delegate

October 04, 2002|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

James Edward "Ned" Malone, a former Baltimore County sheriff who served 12 years in the House of Delegates, died of complications from cancer and congestive heart failure Monday at his Arbutus home. He was 74.

Mr. Malone worked 32 years for Western Maryland Railway as a track supervisor and personnel manager before he was elected to the House of Delegates as a Democrat in 1967 to represent southwestern Baltimore County.

He served until 1979 and headed the county delegation in 1975 and and in 1979.

"He was an effective legislator who had a tremendous run in the House. In his day and time, he was known and respected throughout the entire state," said George J. Moniodis, a longtime friend.

He said Mr. Malone was known for his positive outlook and "tremendous" enthusiasm.

"He could turn a loss or a defeat into something positive," Mr. Moniodis said.

After making an unsuccessful run for a seat in the state Senate, Mr. Malone became a lobbyist for former Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer and former Baltimore County Executive Donald P. Hutchinson.

Gov. Harry R. Hughes appointed him Baltimore County sheriff in 1984. Two years later, he received more than 70 percent of the votes when he ran for the post.

He served as sheriff until he was defeated by Republican Norman M. Pepersack Jr. in the 1990 election, in which several incumbent Democrats were swept from office in Baltimore County.

In recent years, he had been a special assistant to the chief of staff at the Department of Transportation.

"He knew everybody in the neighborhood. And everybody knew him, " said his son James E. Malone Jr. of Arbutus.

Born in Elkridge and raised in Arbutus and Halethorpe, Mr. Malone attended Ascension Parochial School and Loyola High School before graduating from St. Charles College in Catonsville. He also attended St. Mary's Seminary in Roland Park.

He was a lifetime member of the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department. He also belonged to the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and the Arbutus Community Association.

He served in the Army from 1950 to 1952.

He is also survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Margaret June Daniels; another son, Patrick S. Malone of Elkridge; a daughter, Peggy Ann Malone of Arbutus; three brothers, Donald J. Malone of Baltimore, and Gerald S. Malone and Thomas M. Malone, both of Ellicott City; a sister, Mary Kathleen Walter of Parkville; and five grandchildren. A son, Daniel S. Malone died in 1986.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Ascension, Potomac and Poplar avenues, Halethorpe.

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