Joseph Thomas Ellis, 77, air-filter firm manager

September 21, 2004

Joseph Thomas Ellis, retired branch manager of an air filter firm, died of complications from cancer and Alzheimer's disease Thursday at his Timonium home. He was 77.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Ednor Gardens, he was a 1945 graduate of Loyola High School, where he played varsity football. He enlisted in the Navy, and while in the service attended Georgia Tech and Emory University, and earned a degree from Loyola College.

He then designed, sold and oversaw the installation of heating, air conditioning and pollution control systems in schools, hospitals and office buildings. He retired in 1980 from American Air Filter on York Road in Govans.

Mr. Ellis enjoyed woodcarving, including ducks and model ships.

A funeral Mass was offered yesterday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Janet Lewis; two sons, Tom Ellis Jr. of Elkton and Michael Ellis of Timonium; three daughters, Ann Fingles of Towson, Julie Langan of Ocean City and Kate Glenn of Hunt Valley; a sister, Bette O'Conor of Lutherville; and seven grandchildren.

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