Irvin Valentine, 73

APG manager

January 08, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Irvin Milton Valentine, a retired Aberdeen Proving Ground manager and longtime Northwest Baltimore resident, died of leukemia Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 73.

Mr. Valentine was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated in 1952 from Frederick Douglass High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in business from Morgan State University in 1956.

He worked for nearly 30 years as a garment worker and coat-fitter at the Howard Uniform Co. before taking a job at APG in the late 1980s. He retired in 2005.

Mr. Valentine, who had an extensive woodworking shop in his basement, enjoyed working on remodeling projects.

He also was a jazz fan and liked grilling steaks, chicken and burgers for family and friends. "He also made great crab cakes," said his son, Tony R. Valentine of Needles, Calif.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at the March West Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.

Also surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Peggy Reed; two daughters, Karen Lawrence of Catonsville and Bernadette Williams of Towson; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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