Ervin J. Cerveny, 88, lawyer, homebuilder

August 27, 2006

Ervin J. Cerveny, an engineer, lawyer and homebuilder, died of complications from diabetes Aug. 19 at St. Joseph Medical Center. The longtime Stoneleigh resident was 88.

Mr. Cerveny was born in Baltimore and then went with his mother to Czechoslovakia. During the 1920s, the family returned to Baltimore and Mr. Cerveny graduated from Polytechnic Institute.

While in high school, Mr. Cerveny began working at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River building clipper seaplanes. During World War II, he was the assistant to the factory manager and worked on the design and construction of bombers and PBM and Mariner seaplanes.

He attended the Johns Hopkins University and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas in 1947. In 1952, he earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore.

Mr. Cerveny had dual careers. He maintained a legal practice in an office in the 6500 block of York Road, where he specialized in real estate law, and also was a homebuilder. In 1951, he established E&J Construction Co. and built homes in Stoneleigh, Hampton, Glendale, Anneslie and Parkville.

Semiretired at the time of his death, Mr. Cerveny maintained his real estate investments, family members said.

He was a former director of the Golden Prague Building and Loan Association and was a member of the Stoneleigh Community Association, Knights of Columbus and Towson Elks.

Mr. Cerveny's hobby was building models of sailing ships.

He was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Joan West; a daughter, Joyce C. Strother of Towson; two sons, Ervin C. Cerveny of St. Petersburg, Fla., and John X. Cerveny of Bethesda; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Another daughter, Susan C. Colbert, died in 1992.

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