Robert L. Gilland Sr., 73, lawyer, yachtsman

April 25, 2005|By Laura Barnhardt and Joe Nawrozki | Laura Barnhardt and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF

Robert L. Gilland Sr., a lawyer, avid golfer and yachtsman, died April 18 of respiratory failure at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 73 and lived in Timonium.

Mr. Gilland, who was born and raised in Parkville, graduated from Towson High School in 1947, the University of Maryland in 1952 and Mount Vernon School of Law in 1954.

After working briefly as an insurance claims adjuster, Mr. Gilland went into private law practice in Parkville and later worked in the firm of Peter G. Angelos, in the Dundalk office.

"He had a wonderful, dry sense of humor," said his daughter Stephanie Kirby of Cockeysville. "He could fix almost anything that was broken, leaving us all amazed at how he did it."

Mr. Gilland met his wife, the former Sophia Angelos, through mutual friends in Baltimore. They were married for 35 years.

Mr. Gilland, who served as vice chairman of the Baltimore County Board of Appeals from 1972 to 1978, was a longtime member of the Towson Elks Lodge.

He loved to play golf and could be found on weekends at courses in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Golf was one reason he and his wife spent winters in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area.

A yachtsman for several years, Mr. Gilland owned a 42-foot Owens craft and enjoyed taking his family and friends to Ocean City and other destinations.

Services were held Thursday.

In addition to his wife and daughter, survivors include two sons, Robert L. Gilland Jr. of Tampa, Fla., and Michael B. Gilland of Timonium; four other daughters, Robin Vittetoe of Columbia, Erin G. Roby of Columbia, Frances Martini of Philadelphia and Christine McKendrick of Westminster; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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