John B. Widdup, 86, farmer and insurance broker

October 14, 2005

John Brampton Widdup, a retired Ellicott City farmer and insurance broker, died of heart disease Sunday at his Chestertown home. He was 86.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance at Northwestern University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.

During World War II, he served in the Army in the Pacific and attained the rank of captain.

He moved to Ellicott City in 1947 and bought Wheatfield Farm on Montgomery Road, which he operated. He became a partner in Melville Scott & Son, an Ellicott City insurance agency, in 1956 and sold the business in the mid-1970s.

Mr. Widdup also sold the farm, now developed for homes under his middle name as Brampton Hills, and moved in 1981 to Chestertown, where he purchased and ran Fox Point Farm. He retired in 1998. He also had a winter residence in Sarasota, Fla.

He was formerly active in the Ellicott City Rotary Club and served a term as its president. He was a 15-year director of the Howard County Fair Association, and its president for four years.

He was a past chairman of the Howard County Grand Jury Association and a director of the Tri State Mutual Agents Association.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Louise Scott.

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