Joseph P. O'Meara, 80, homebuilder in Balto. Co.

December 16, 2003

Joseph P. O'Meara, a retired homebuilder who developed a section of Baltimore County's Cub Hill neighborhood, died Sunday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium, where he resided for the past two years. The former Carney resident was 80.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Cedarcroft Road, he was a 1941 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School. He attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., before serving in the Army as a radar technician during World War II. After the war, he received a diploma in architectural drawing from the Maryland Institute.

He entered the contracting business with builder Edgar Bosley and constructed a residence on Blythewood Road in North Baltimore. In 1952, he and his brother, James E. O'Meara Jr., who lives in Glyndon, formed O'Meara Brothers. They worked in Baltimore County and built a 42-lot section of the Cub Hill neighborhood.

The brothers later dissolved their partnership, and Mr. O'Meara continued to build homes while his brother specialized in business construction.

Family members recalled Mr. O'Meara as saying, "I built 400 houses and one home," a reference to the one he built on Old Harford Road, where he lived for 51 years. Mr. O'Meara retired in 1985.

Mr. O'Meara was a tenor and member of the men's choir at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church for 40 years.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at Stella Maris Chapel, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium.

He is also survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Margaret Krepp; a son, Timothy O'Meara of Tallahassee, Fla.; three daughters, Maureen Cecil of Cockeysville, Aileen O'Meara of Perry Hall and Colleen Bautista of Clarksville, Tenn.; another brother, Jerome O'Meara of Baltimore; and eight grandchildren.

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