Joseph E. Stickell, 90, restaurateur, jeweler

January 09, 2004

Joseph E. Stickell, a former Belair Road restaurateur-turned-jeweler whose Stickell's Jewelers became a Perry Hall landmark over its four decades in business, died of cancer Jan. 2 at a hospital in Morrisville, Vt. He was 90 had lived in Stowe, Vt., since 1994.

Mr. Stickell was born and raised in West Baltimore and educated at St. Martin Roman Catholic Church's parochial school.

During the 1930s, he began working in several downtown restaurants before opening the Boulevard Restaurant on Belair Road in 1947.

"He was a self-made man and while operating his restaurant sold jewelry out of his pockets," said his son, J. Edmond Stickell of Monkton.

Tiring of the restaurant business, Mr. Stickell closed it in 1954 to open Stickell's Jewelers in a building next door. He specialized in diamonds, fine gems and jewelry design.

Mr. Stickell, who lived in Perry Hall for half a century, also served on the board of the old Brehm Building Association for 26 years.

He closed the jewelry business in 1993.

An avid skier, he was a member of the Baltimore Ski Club and Mount Mansfield Ski Club in Vermont.

"In his heyday, he skied at least 60 days a year. One of the highlights of his life was skiing with Sen. Robert F. Kennedy at Tupper Lake, N.Y.," his son said.

Mr. Stickell's marriage to the former Frances M. Crotty ended in divorce. In 1947, he married Sally Klimczak, who died in 1990.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today at Peaceful Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Center, 2325 York Road, Timonium.

In addition to his son, Mr. Stickell is survived by his wife of seven years, the former Shirley Draper; a daughter, Hope Burroughs of Baldwin; a sister, Mary Clements of Baltimore; three granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.

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