Paul C. McCusker, 74

Consultant, oenophile

November 08, 2006

Paul Curran McCusker, a retired consultant who enjoyed making wine and furniture, died of pneumonia Sunday at Carroll Hospital Center. He was 74.

Mr. McCusker was born in Baltimore and raised in Pikesville. He was a 1950 graduate of Loyola High School and earned a bachelor's degree in the classics from Loyola College in 1954.

He served in the Army from 1955 to 1956 in Germany, then went to work for the old C.M. Kemp Manufacturing Co. in Glen Burnie, makers of industrial dryers.

In 1962, he joined Black & Decker Corp., where he was a value engineer and later purchasing agent until retiring in 1988. He was a consultant to AEM Group, a Towson engineering firm, from 1990 until 1995.

He was a member of the American Society of Value Engineers.

A Reisterstown resident since 1960 and a wine connoisseur, Mr. McCusker planted and harvested grapes on his 5-acre farm to make both sweet and dry wines. He was an accomplished metalworker and cabinetmaker who enjoyed making furniture for family and friends.

"He was a Renaissance man who loved literature and language and liked to quote Shakespeare," said a son, Paul J. McCusker of Mount Savage.

Mr. McCusker was a 46-year communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glyndon, where he had been a member of the parish council and lector. He was a member of the Legion of Mary and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at his church, 65 Sacred Heart Lane.

Also surviving are his wife of 51 years, the former Loretta Izdebski; two other sons, Michael G. McCusker of Owings Mills and Patrick S. McCusker of Reisterstown; a daughter, Mary Colleen Parker of Reedsville, Pa.; a brother, Richard W. McCusker of Timonium; and seven grandchildren.

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