Henry L. Mayer, founder of Mayer Bros. Inc., an Elkridge manufacturer of precast concrete products, died of a stroke June 24 at Howard County General Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 82.
Mr. Mayer was born and raised in Relay. He left school to help support his family, working as a deliveryman for a Baltimore beauty supply manufacturer. He later learned the construction business while working for his father, contractor August Mayer Sr.
In 1959, he established Mayer Bros. Inc. on Race Road in Elkridge, which specializes in precast concrete curb heads, and septic, storm and utility products. He brought his two daughters into the business in the 1980s and retired in 1995.
"Raised during the Depression, he was very frugal with himself, but very generous with others," said daughter Nancy J. Rodis of Ellicott City.
Mr. Mayer also built his three homes and did much of the work himself, and was an avid deer hunter and vegetable gardener, family members said.
Services were held Saturday.
He also is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Elsie Thompson; another daughter, Joyce M. Hughes of Westminster; a sister, Annette Stanco of Catonsville; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.