Henry F. Constantine, 89, CSX analyst and singer

March 09, 2005

Henry F. Constantine, a retired CSX financial analyst and singer, died of respiratory failure March 2 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 89 and lived at the Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson.

Mr. Constantine, who was born in Baltimore and raised on Elmora Avenue, graduated in 1934 from Polytechnic Institute. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1951 in finance and transportation from the University of Baltimore, where he graduated with honors.

A third-generation Baltimore & Ohio Railroad employee -- his grandfather was a conductor and his father worked in the finance department -- he joined the railroad in 1934 as a clerk working in its headquarters building at Baltimore and Charles streets.

During World War II, he served as a troop transport commander and cargo security officer aboard the John Halland, a Liberty ship, in the Mediterranean. He was discharged with the rank of lieutenant.

He returned to the B&O, which later merged with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, and retired in 1977 as a senior financial cost analyst.

Mr. Constantine, a bass, enjoyed singing throughout his life. He studied voice at the Peabody Conservatory and was a founding member of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, where he performed for a decade. For more than 25 years, he sang in area church choirs.

The former longtime Parkville resident was also an avid opera fan.

Mr. Constantine was a former communicant and vestryman at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah. He had served on the board of the Emory Grove Association in Glyndon and volunteered at Paul's Place, a soup kitchen.

He enjoyed gardening and was especially fond of dogwoods, roses and large vegetable gardens.

Mr. Constantine was a communicant of the Episcopal Cathedral Church of the Incarnation, where a memorial service was held Saturday.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Jean E. "Betty" Mitchell; three sons, Stephen H. Constantine of Parkville, J. Mark Constantine of Columbia and Paul G. Constantine of Bel Air; and two granddaughters.

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