James J. Wyman, 50, president of home inspection firm, referee

October 27, 2002|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

James J. Wyman, who was an owner of a house inspection business, a sports referee and active in Republican politics, died of a heart attack Wednesday while refereeing a football game at John Carroll School in Bel Air. He was 50.

The longtime Wiltondale resident was born in Washington and raised in Rockville and Monkton, where he graduated from Hereford High School in 1967.

He earned his bachelor's degree in 1971 from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., and in 1982 earned a second bachelor's degree in economics from what was then Towson State College.

Mr. Wyman began his business career supervising construction workers for Atlantic International Corp. in the Mideast, with stints in Kuwait, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

From 1982 until 1987, he worked for Baltimore County, where he was chief of the building services division, in charge of inspecting county-owned buildings.

In 1987, he established Accurate Home Inspection, which inspected residential and commercial structures. At the time of his death, he was president and owner of the Towson-based company.

Mr. Wyman also was an investigator for the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.

In addition to his professional career, Mr. Wyman was a referee for the Maryland Board of Football Officials, said his wife of 24 years, the former Fanny Hermann.

Raised in a politically active family, Mr. Wyman had unsuccessfully run as a Republican for Baltimore County Council in 1986.

Helen Delich Bentley, the Republican candidate in the 2nd Congressional District, recalled Mr. Wyman as an enthusiastic campaign worker.

"He has worked in all of my campaigns since 1980. He was a big, husky, friendly guy who was in charge of putting up all of my large signs," said Mrs. Bentley. "We are all so shocked by his death. He was a real decent human being."

"That's right, he erected all of the big signs and none have fallen yet," said Mrs. Wyman with a laugh.

Fellow campaign worker Dan Zaccagnini of Baltimore said, "He was super-bright and a genius in the field of carpentry. He was a hard worker, and it was impossible to keep up with him.

"He was devoted to Helen and if she chewed him out for something, he'd let it roll off his back and just stand there grinning. He was a dynamite person," said Mr. Zaccagnini.

Mr. Wyman was active in Scouting and enjoyed working as an adviser to Boy Scout Troop 35 at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.

"He loved mentoring and working with kids," said his wife.

Mr. Wyman enjoyed fishing and boating.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Wyman is survived by his son, J. Maximilian Wyman of Boca Raton, Fla.; a brother, Brian M. Wyman of Sykesville; and two sisters, Robin Wyman and Kendall Wyman, both of Columbia.

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