Peter A. Caringi Sr., 80, east-side tavern owner

October 27, 2002

Peter A. Caringi Sr., former owner of a popular East Baltimore tavern, died of Alzheimer's disease Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 80.

The longtime Highlandtown resident was born and raised on Eden Street in Little Italy. He attended St. Leo's parochial school and served in the Navy during World War II.

As a young man, Mr. Caringi was a professional welterweight boxer.

For years, Mr. Caringi was the owner of the 200 Tavern on Pratt Street. In 1979, he sold the business and purchased Tommy's Lounge at Pratt and Conklin streets.

In addition to sponsoring many softball and soccer teams, his tavern also was a popular gathering spot for sports fans who came to dine on his trademark crab cakes. He retired and sold the business in 1995.

He was a communicant and member of the Holy Name Society at Our Lady of Pompeii Roman Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

Mr. Caringi's survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Mafalda "Bigue" Maulone; a son, Peter A. Caringi Jr., of Perry Hall; a daughter, Deborah Wall of Rosedale; and a sister, Frances Menzel of Catonsville.

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