Joseph K. Leary, a retired BGE salesman, died of respiratory failure Thursday at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. He was 84.
Mr. Leary was born in Cumberland and raised in East Baltimore. He was a 1939 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and served during two wars as a Navy photographer. He was assigned to Guam during World War II and served aboard the destroyer tender USS Bryce Canyon during the Korean conflict.
Mr. Leary had begun his career at BGE in 1941 as a photographer and later moved to residential sales. He retired in 1988.
A former longtime resident of Louise Avenue in Hamilton, Mr. Leary enjoyed outings on his 32-foot sailboat, Andante, family members said. He was a former commander of the Sue Island Power and Sail Squadron.
A resident of Oak Crest since 1995, Mr. Leary had served on the retirement community's resident advisory council and light and sound committee.
He was a member and elder of Faith Presbyterian Church and a past commander of American Legion Post 174.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Oak Crest, 8800 Walther Blvd.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Margaret Wilson; two daughters, Miriam L. Schmidt of Bowleys Quarters and Lou Ann Rau of Forest Hill; and four grandchildren.