Peter I. Cross Jr.

Age 85: Baltimore parking lot owner

May 18, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Peter Irving Cross Jr., former Baltimore parking lot owner and World War II veteran, died of renal failure Tuesday at Genesis Eldercare in Severna Park. He was 85.

Mr. Cross was born and raised in Baltimore and was a 1940 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and served with an infantry unit at the Battle of Saipan in the Pacific.

Mr. Cross succeeded his father in operating P. Irving Cross & Son Parking in downtown Baltimore. Founded in 1920, the business owned and operated a parking lot just south of the Pennsylvania Railroad's old Calvert Station.

The station and parking lot, bounded by Guilford Avenue and Calvert, Bath and Franklin streets, were purchased by the old A.S. Abell Co., publishers of the Sunpapers, in the late 1940s, to build a printing plant and editorial offices.

The newspaper demolished the landmark twin-tower Italianate station, which dated to 1850, and leased the operation of the parking lot back to Mr. Cross. He continued operating it until 1979, when the site was taken over to erect a new pressroom.

After retiring, the longtime Severna Park resident enjoyed handling his investments.

He was a member of American Legion Post 175 and the Elks Club, both in Severna Park.

His wife of 59 years, the former Angela Sininski, died in 2006.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, 1080 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville.

Surviving are a sister, Sarah Cross Douglas of Timonium; and several nieces and nephews.

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