Richard Willis Mitchell, 63, owned Highlandtown bar

March 10, 2004

Richard Willis Mitchell, who owned a Highlandtown bar, died Friday at a hospital in Savannah, Ga., three days after his car was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer near the Georgia-South Carolina border while returning home from a Key West, Fla., vacation. The Highlandtown resident was 63.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Baltimore's Mount Washington neighborhood, he was a 1958 graduate of Boys' Latin School. He earned a degree in business from the University of Baltimore, where he was on the basketball, lacrosse and wrestling teams.

For the past 20 years, he owned Buster's Pub at Lombard Street and East Avenue. He earlier sold medical equipment.

Services will be held at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, Rodgers Forge.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Margaret Capaldi, with whom he ran the bar; two sons, Richard Mitchell Jr. and Ty Mitchell, both of Hanover, Pa.; a brother, Thomas Mitchell of Henderson, Nev.; and two grandchildren. A previous marriage ended in divorce.

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