Francis D. Gross, 87, Black & Decker salesman

September 30, 2004

Francis D. Gross, a retired Black & Decker Corp. salesman and longtime Rodgers Forge resident, died Monday of Parkinson's disease at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. He was 87.

Mr. Gross was born in Jarrettsville and raised on East 35th Street. He attended Polytechnic Institute and went to work in Black & Decker's production department in 1935. He was later promoted to sales, and retired in 1978 as an industrial sales representative.

Mr. Gross lived for 41 years on Stanmore Road in Rodgers Forge before moving to the retirement community in 1998.

He was an avid golfer and member of the Worthington Valley Country Club. He was also an Orioles and Colts fan and liked spending winters at a second home in Nokomis, Fla.

His wife of 52 years, the former Mildred Turner, died in 1990.

He was a member of Towson Presbyterian Church.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road.

Mr. Gross is survived by a daughter, Jacquelyn G. Dorfler-Cogar of Lutherville; two grandchildren; six great-granddaughters; and a great-great-granddaughter.

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