C. Edward Feete, 89, funeral supply firm official

December 09, 2003

C. Edward Feete, a vaudeville magician who became president of his family's funeral supply business, died of pneumonia Saturday at the Charlestown Retirement Community. He was 89.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Caroline Street, Mr. Feete was a 1932 graduate of City College. During the early 1930s, he worked as a magician performing in vaudeville.

He later sold cigarettes for Liggett & Myers before joining the Warfield-Rohr Casket Co. in 1940 -- a family-owned casket maker and funeral supply firm founded in 1870. He retired in 1980.

Mr. Feete lived for more than 50 years on Glendale Avenue in Parkville before moving to the retirement community in Catonsville in 1992. He was married for 59 years to the former Virginia Phillips, a homemaker who died last year.

He was a member of the Hamilton Kiwanis Club, now the Northeast Kiwanis Club, and the Pyramid Magic Club.

Because his son is developmentally disabled, Mr. Feete's was a founding member and actively involved in The Chimes Inc., a nonprofit organization providing services to the disabled.

Mr. Feete had enjoyed doing odd jobs around his home and building furniture in the basement workshop of his former home. He also liked pitching horseshoes and playing pinochle and poker.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Charlestown, 711 Maiden Choice Lane.

Mr. Feete is survived by his son, Edward D. Feete of Mount Washington; a daughter, Dana L. Fisher of Lutherville; a brother, Marshall Feete of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

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