J.M. Rowland Clarke, 67, home remodeler

Obituary

August 25, 2006

J.M. Rowland Clarke, owner of a home remodeling business, died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 18 at his Towson Estates home. He was 67.

Mr. Clarke was born in Baltimore and raised on St. Paul Street and at his family's farm in Butler. He was a 1958 graduate of St. Paul's School and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1964.

In the mid-1960s, he enlisted in the Army and served in the tank corps at Fort Benning, Ga. From 1968 to 1986, Mr. Clarke was a laboratory technician with Baltimore Biological Laboratories in Hunt Valley.

In 1986, he established Quality Restorations Inc., and worked remodeling homes and churches throughout the Baltimore area, family members said. He also specialized in restoring stonework and walls.

"It was said that virtually no home or stone wall in Towson Estates had not been worked on by him," said his wife of 36 years, the former Martha Hosken.

For years, Mr. Clarke had been involved with Boy Scout Troop 742 at Providence United Methodist Church. He was also a former president and treasurer of the Eastern Shore Society of Baltimore City.

Mr. Clarke was an active communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Towson, where services were held Wednesday.

Also surviving are two sons, Marshall Rowland Clarke and Stephen Benson Clarke, both of Butler; a brother, Carl D. Clarke Jr. of Abingdon, Va.; and a sister, Mary Clarke Slemp of Richmond, Va.

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