Richard Joseph Garson, 85, Seagram's accountant

September 22, 2004

Richard Joseph Garson, a retired accountant and real estate salesman, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Saturday at his home in Maysville, Ky., where he had moved in 1998. The former Catonsville resident was 85.

Born in Cleveland, he earned an accounting degree at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. During World War II, he served on a destroyer in the Atlantic. While in the service, he also studied at Harvard University.

He moved to Maryland in 1943 and worked at the Seagram distillery in Relay as an accountant. After retiring there 30 years ago, he took a job with the state Motor Vehicle Administration in Glen Burnie and later sold real estate for the Catonsville office of O'Conor, Piper and Flynn.

Services are private.

He is survived by his wife of six years, the former Alice Bailey Shaw. His wife of 55 years, the former Joan Jobst, a longtime St. William of York Parochial School teacher, died in 1995.

Other survivors include five daughters, Kathleen Russell, Joan Kerr and Ann McGuire, all of Catonsville, Susan Doud of Timonium and Mary Loizeaux of Phoenix; a brother, Joseph Garson of Detroit; two stepsons, Michael Shaw of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Thomas Shaw of Maysville; two stepdaughters, Lucinda Chatham of Brisbane, Calif., and Melissa Shaw of Catonsville; 13 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

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