Francis Pat Suter Sr., 67, filling station owner, operator


December 09, 2005

Francis Pat Suter Sr., who owned and operated a filling station, died in his sleep Monday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Pikesville resident was 67.

Born in Hagerstown and raised in Pikesville, he was a 1956 graduate of Milford Mill High School. He had been a reservist in the Maryland National Guard.

Trained as an automotive technician, in 1996 he bought the Suter Performance Center-Shell Gas Station in Taylorsville, which he ran at the time of his death. He had earlier worked in the service departments of Key Leasing and at the Henry Gay Automotive Group in Laurel.

"He had a great love for his family and always had a joke for everybody," said his daughter, Penni S. Tyler of Westminster. "When it came to cars, he could listen to the motor and tell you what was wrong."

Mr. Suter enjoyed collecting HO-scale model trains and coins. He also followed the local drag racing circuit.

His wife of 45 years, Martha Marie Cugle, a homemaker, died in July.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon Monday at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Pikesville, where he was a member.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include four sons, Francis Pat Suter Jr. of Annapolis, Phillip Suter of Mount Airy, Paul Suter of Union Mills and Perry Suter of Upperco; a sister, Phyllis Hare of Eldersburg; 12 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. A son, Pete Suter, died in 1999.

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