Joseph John Liberto, 48, electrician, fisherman

September 10, 2004

Joseph John Liberto, an electrician and recreational fisherman, died of cancer Monday at his Annapolis home. He was 48.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Randallstown, he was a 1974 graduate of Randallstown High School.

A master electrician with Locals 26 and 99 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, he frequently worked in Washington and Northern Virginia.

A hunter and fisherman, Mr. Liberto invented and held a patent for his Jofish rod holder, which is used for mounting fishing poles into the beds of trucks and other vehicles. The holder was not manufactured commercially.

He made his own fishing lures and enjoyed building bird houses, garden swings and small replicas of the homes in his neighborhood.

Services were held yesterday in Annapolis.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, the former Virginia K. Prechtel; a daughter, Corinne Kathleen Liberto; his mother, Colleen Liberto Haislip of Annapolis; two sisters, Donna Liberto Spenelli of Dover, Pa., and Toni Liberto Mayr of Manchester; and a brother, Mark Liberto of Crofton.

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