John Passarelli, 85, owner of construction company

March 09, 2003

John Passarelli, the owner of a construction company in St. Mary's County and former construction manager for the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore, died of cancer Thursday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 85.

Born in Princeton, N.J., of Italian immigrants, Mr. Passarelli later moved to Mount Vernon, N.Y., with his family. He was a graduate of City College of New York.

Mr. Passarelli served during World War II as a navigator in the Coast Guard, flying cargo to England. He also was one of the founders of the St. Mary's County Coast Guard Auxiliary and held the rank of flotilla commodore.

He moved to St. Mary's County during the 1940s to start a construction business where he worked with his brother, said his stepdaughter, Diedre Parish of Baltimore.

Mr. Passarelli moved to Anne Arundel County in the early 1970s and then to Reisterstown in 1977. He worked for a time at Talmudical Academy of Baltimore.

He then went to work at the College of Notre Dame as the construction manager, overseeing construction on the campus. Mr. Passarelli retired at age 70.

A private memorial service will be scheduled.

In addition to his wife of 27 years, the former Jean Prince, and his stepdaughter, he is survived by two daughters, Maria Crellen of St. Mary's County and Giovonna Riley of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a brother, Fred Passarelli of St. Mary's County; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care, 6601 N. Charles St., Towson 21204.

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