George Henry Franklin Ensor, 97, ice house owner

April 27, 2006

George Henry Franklin Ensor, who owned an ice house, died of complications from diabetes April 20 at his daughter's Lutherville home. He was 97.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the West Arlington neighborhood, he dropped out of school to help support his family of 11 children. He was a caddy at golf courses and took a job at the old Arlington Ice Co., where he became interested in the mechanical operation of making ice.

Family members said that though he had little formal education, he became chief mechanical engineer at American Ice Co.

In 1956, he purchased the Holzknecht Ice House on Old Eastern Avenue in Middle River and ran the business with family members as Ensor Bros. Ice. He served local marinas and customers buying ice for picnics and cookouts.

Mr. Ensor ran the business with the help of his sons until he was 84, and sold it in 1992.

His wife of 21 years, the former Margaret E. Wolfe, died in 1957. His wife of 30 years, the former Catherine Manion, died in 1989.

Services for Mr. Ensor were held Monday in Towson.

Survivors include three sons, George T. Ensor of Dundalk, Stephen M. Ensor of Carney and Wilmer L. Ensor of Rodgers Forge; two daughters, Brenda C. Kahney of Elwood, Ill., and JoAnna M. Markiewicz of Lutherville; two brothers, Charles O. Ensor of Silver Spring and Robert Oliver Ensor of Eldersburg; two sisters, Charlotte Hazard of Reisterstown and Evelyn Collins of Woodbine; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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