John A. Hoy Jr., 73

Thoroughbred trainer

December 06, 2006

John A. Hoy Jr., a retired contractor who had trained thoroughbred horses, died of pneumonia Nov. 27 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The White Hall resident was 73.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Monkton, he was a graduate of the old Mount Washington Country School for Boys and, in 1951, Loyola High School.

After Army service fighting in the Korean War, he attended the University of Maryland, College Park.

As a young man, Mr. Hoy trained thoroughbreds at the family farm, Alliance, in Monkton. Among the horses he trained were Adapt and At the Helm.

He also competed in show riding and won numerous awards.

Mr. Hoy later worked as a carpenter and building contractor with a family business, J.A. Hoy, based in White Hall.

He retired about 10 years ago.

Mr. Hoy kept an extensive garden of trees and shrubs, and enjoyed taking cuttings of rare plants.

A funeral Mass was offered Saturday.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, the former Louise Watkins; two sons, John A. Hoy III of Stewartstown, Pa., and Jamie Hoy of White Hall; a daughter, Holly Hoy Patsche of White Hall; two brothers, Timothy K. Hoy of White Hall and William R. Hoy of Quantico; five sisters, Mary Louise Berndt of Monkton, Anne Hoy Blair and Patricia H. Albert, both of Sparks, Kathleen H. Riggs of Fallston and Virginia H. Shaeffer of Gibson Island; and five grandchildren.

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