Raymond Fleming Jr., 71, equipment manufacturer

August 30, 2004

Raymond T. Fleming Jr., a former scoutmaster in Cockeysville and 33-year manager of Locke Insulator, an electrical equipment manufacturer in Baltimore, died of a heart attack Aug. 23 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. He was 71.

Mr. Fleming was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., earned an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and served in the Air Force. He and his wife, the former Joanne Rich, lived in Ohio, Massachusetts and upstate New York before moving in 1969 to Cockeysville, where Mr. Fleming was scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 194.

Until his retirement in 1989, Mr. Fleming worked for Locke Insulator, serving as a quality-control manager, making sure porcelain insulators were manufactured correctly.

"He took a lot of pride in his family, taking us on trips to Texas, Florida and elsewhere," said one of his three sons, Scott Fleming, 44, of Bel Air. "He was a very direct, to-the-point kind of guy, very opinionated, but most of the time, his opinions were right on target."

When he wasn't working or leading the Scout troop, Mr. Fleming enjoyed woodworking, going to the beach in Ocean City and playing the stock market, his son said.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville.

In addition to his wife of 49 years and his son, he is survived by two other sons, Steve Fleming of Raleigh, N.C., and Gary Fleming of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Sharon Fleming of Austin, Texas; two brothers, Robert Fleming of Towson and Richard Fleming of White Hall; and six grandchildren.

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