V. Louis Stuckey, 63, B&D officer

May 18, 2004|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

V. Louis Stuckey, a retired Black & Decker Corp. vice president who was an accomplished bridge player, died of a heart ailment Friday at his Timonium home. He was 63.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Walbrook Avenue, he was a 1958 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Stuckey drove a cab to pay his way through the University of Baltimore, where he earned an accounting degree. He later became a certified public accountant.

"Because of his experience driving a cab, he knew Baltimore like a pro. He would show us Baltimore by taking the back ways, and that became a historical tour," said his daughter, Susan "Sosha" Stuckey. "As a child, he had taken the streetcars and he knew their routes and their depots, which he would identify to us. He totally loved his city."

Mr. Stuckey worked for the former accounting firm of Ernst & Ernst from 1966 to 1970, with duties that included auditing Maryland race courses. Then he was hired by Black & Decker in Towson, where he worked for 30 years until retiring in 2000 as vice president of internal audit.

He began playing bridge as a teen-ager and attained the status of life master before he was 20. At his death, he was an American Contract Bridge League gold master.

"We met through my mother, who introduced us at a bridge tournament," said his wife, the former Joan Rogasner, whom he married in 1965 and who lives in Sarasota, Fla. "He was then the state's youngest life master."

Mr. Stuckey played bridge frequently in Baltimore and in out-of-state tournaments. He finished a game shortly before his death.

"He played bridge Friday and won that day," said Patricia F. Wilson, director of the Valley Bridge Club in Lutherville where he often competed.

He also enjoyed wagering on sports.

"He was a sports fanatic, and nothing pleased him more than spending a day at Pimlico," his daughter said.

He also collected antique beer cans and vintage comic books, and enjoyed tallying sports statistics.

Friends may call between 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. today at the Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium. No service was planned.

Additional survivors include a son, Michael Louis Stuckey of Baltimore; another daughter, Barbara E. Stuckey of San Francisco; and a companion, Susan Slagle of Towson.

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