William Arthur Elburn, 88, owner of auto repair shop

November 05, 2003

William Arthur Elburn, former owner and operator of a North Baltimore auto repair shop and filling station, died of a stroke Sunday at Sinai Hospital. The Reisterstown resident was 88.

Mr. Elburn was born in Baltimore, raised in Hampden and graduated in 1933 from Forest Park High School.

Then he began working with his father, Herbert Elburn, who a year earlier had established Elburn's Garage in the 4500 block of Falls Road. The younger Mr. Elburn managed the business until retiring in 1973, turning it over to his two sons and daughter, who operated it until closing in 1987. The garage was torn down and replaced by a strip mall.

Mr. Elburn was fond of traveling by ship with his wife, the former Margaret Batchelor, and they were aboard the Queen Elizabeth II during its maiden voyage in 1969. They also enjoyed spending winters at Clearwater Beach, Fla.

Mr. Elburn was a member of Woodberry United Methodist Church in Mount Washington, where he played the organ for many years.

His wife of 65 years died in 2001.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road in Reisterstown.

Mr. Elburn is survived by his twin sons, Wilton A. Elburn of Reisterstown and Stewart Elburn of Parkville; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. His daughter, Margaret Linda Egolf, died in 1991.

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