Jerrold F. Bress

[ Age 83 ] Pharmacist operated the first large nursing home in Harford County.

November 21, 2006|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter

Jerrold F. Bress, a Harford County pharmacist and former nursing home owner, died of prostate cancer yesterday at a hospital in Sharon, Pa. The Havre de Grace resident was 83.

Mr. Bress was born and raised in Chester, Pa., and during World War II served as an Army supply sergeant in the Pacific.

After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1950, he moved to Havre de Grace, where he owned and operated two Green's pharmacies and a convenience store before selling the businesses in 1992.

In 1961, Mr. Bress purchased the Colonial Hotel in Havre de Grace and converted it into the Brevin Nursing Home, the first large-scale nursing home in Harford County. He was administrator of the 40-bed facility before selling it to Lorien Health Systems in 1997.

Mr. Bress enjoyed playing tennis and cane collecting.

"He had many interesting canes, including one from Prohibition that had a test tube inside so you could carry your booze around with you," said a son, Kevin F. Bress of Bel Air.

His wife of 50 years, the former Roberta "Bobbie" Simons, died in 2003.

Mr. Bress was a founder and active member of the Harford Jewish Center at 8 N. Earlton Road in Havre de Grace, where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are two other sons, Barry M. Bress of Ellicott City and Randy M. Bress of Sharpsville, Pa.; a sister, Janet R. Levin of Bel Air; and eight grandchildren.

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