William Farnandis Jr., 82, civil attorney

March 03, 2003

William Walter Farnandis Jr., an attorney who handled civil cases, died Thursday of heart and kidney failure at Howard County General Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 82.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Catonsville's Paradise Avenue, he graduated from Catonsville High School in 1938. He attended the University of Baltimore Law School and earned his degree in 1942, the year he was admitted to the Maryland Bar. He earned a master of laws degree in 1949 from the same institution.

He practiced in Catonsville on Rolling Road and in Ellicott City on Frederick Road for more than 53 years until his death. He had recently completed a privately printed book, Fifty Years at the Bar, about his experiences in the Maryland legal system.

Mr. Farnandis served in the Navy from 1943 until the end of World War II and was assigned to a destroyer in the Caribbean.

He enjoyed collecting W.C. Fields and Laurel and Hardy memorabilia and owned vintage motorcars, including a pair of Rolls Royces, an MG and a Fiat. He played golf at the old Allview course in Columbia and entertained friends and family around his swimming pool.

He was a member of the Catonsville Shrine Club, the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of the War of 1812.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. John's Episcopal Church, St. Johns Lane and Frederick Road, Ellicott City, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, the former Betty Smith; a son, Stephen P. Farnandis of Granite; a daughter, Anita C. Wilcox of Sykesville; a sister, Betty Goldstein of Eldersburg; and four grandchildren. A son, William Walter Farnandis III, died in 1988 and another son, James Farnandis, died in 1983. Previous marriages ended in divorce.

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