Willard C. `Bill' Leary, 77, investigator

November 25, 2005

Willard C. "Bill" Leary, a former investigator for the Baltimore County Police Department, died Wednesday of lung cancer at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio. The Columbus Grove, Ohio, resident was 77.

Born and raised in Essex, Mr. Leary attended Kenwood High School before working as a meat cutter for A&P Food Stores. He joined the Baltimore County Police Department in 1954 as a patrolman, later became a radio dispatcher and then a crime investigator.

He left the department in 1976 after 23 years to pursue a business opportunity in Ohio.

Mr. Leary was a member of St. John United Methodist Church in Columbus Grove, where he helped start a food pantry.

A service will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home in Columbus Grove.

Survivors include his wife, the former Alice R. Waldron; a son, Brian H. Leary, and daughter, Kathleen D. Titus, both of Columbus Grove; two brothers, Calvin Leary and Millard Leary, both of Baltimore; and two sisters, Eileen Mell of Baltimore and Pat Bryan of Rimer, Ohio.

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