Harold B. Schiner, 70, accountant, veteran

June 04, 2006

Harold B. Schiner, founder of an accounting company that served health clubs, died of lung cancer May 28 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. The Pikesville resident was 70.

Mr. Schiner was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved with his family to Baltimore as a child. He graduated from City College in 1954.

He entered the Army after high school and served in Germany as a sergeant with the military police. When he returned home, Mr. Schiner earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Baltimore.

In 1958, he married Joan Waghelstein, and the two raised a family in Pikesville.

Mr. Schiner began his accounting career with Holiday Health, a health club near Dundalk. In 1984, he started a business, Belmont Financial, which offered billing services to health clubs across the country.

The business, which began in Mr. Schiner's kitchen, grew to several dozen employees.

"He was very likable and very fair, and he kept his employees," Mrs. Schiner said.

He also loved cats and fed one that lived at his office, she said. He liked to feed birds as well.

The company was renamed Conexion, and a business partner took over when Mr. Schiner retired in 2004.

Mr. Schiner was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles and followed the Ravens closely. After he retired, he liked to meet friends twice a week at the Suburban House restaurant in Pikesville.

A funeral was held Tuesday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Robin Kelly and Jamie Franco, both of Pikesville; a brother, Kent Schiner of Pikesville; and four grandchildren.

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