Christopher Mead

[ Age 44 ] Businessman and veteran was an enthusiastic fisherman.

October 01, 2007

Christopher John Mead, a Baltimore businessman and avid fisherman, ended his life Sept. 24 at his Perry Hall home. He was 44.

Mr. Mead had suffered for more than two decades from bipolar disorder, said his father, Robert L. Mead Sr. of Cross Keys.

Mr. Mead was born in Baltimore and raised on Murdock Road in Rodgers Forge. He attended Boys' Latin School and Towson Catholic High School.

He served in the Navy as a radar operator aboard the tank landing ship USS Barnstable County for two years before being discharged in 1983.

Mr. Mead's numerous entrepreneurial ventures included firms specializing in litigation support services, debt collection, process serving, telephone-installation services and check-cashing stores.

At his death, he was working as a litigation manager for Beacon Financial Services in Timonium.

He was an avid angler who enjoyed trolling for rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay aboard charter boats and on the Irish Lass, his 30-foot cabin cruiser.

He also liked organizing teams for deep-water fishing tournaments in Ocean City and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

His wife of two years, the former Colleen Holbrook, died in 1988.

A funeral Mass was offered Saturday at the Catholic Community of St Francis Xavier in Cockeysville.

Also surviving are a daughter, Erin M. London of Glen Burnie; his mother, Mary Ellen Terry Mead of Rodgers Forge; two brothers, Robert L. Mead Jr. of Laredo, Texas, and Daniel Patrick Mead of Timonium; a sister, Mary Kathryn Furth of Linthicum; and a grandson.

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