Thomas H. Everett Jr., former owner of a Towson beauty supply company who accumulated thousands of volunteer hours as a Baltimore County auxiliary police officer, died of heart failure June 26 at his Lutherville home. He was 78.
Mr. Everett was born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton. He was a 1948 graduate of City College, where as a member of the track team, he excelled in shot put and discus.
In 1949, he joined the Maryland National Guard and served in the 104th Medical Battalion for nearly eight years.
Mr. Everett was 12 years old when he began working for his father's company, United Beauty Supply Co., which was on West Clay Street. He went to work for the company full time in the 1950s. By 1969, it had outgrown its downtown Baltimore location and moved to Kenilworth Avenue in Towson.
Mr. Everett eventually succeeded his father and operated the business until selling it and retiring in 1980.
In 1961, Mr. Everett began a 29-year stint as a volunteer with the Baltimore County Auxiliary Police.
Auxiliary police, who assist with security and traffic at public events, also are called upon during such natural emergencies as floods and snowstorms.
By the time Mr. Everett stepped down in 1990, he had accumulated more than 11,000 volunteer hours and attained the rank of major.
Col. Clayton J. Jaco, chief of staff of the Baltimore County Auxiliary Police, said Mr. Everett worked in the communities of Towson, Cockeysville, Essex, Dundalk and North Point.
"Tom was a hard worker, devoted to the auxiliary police, and put in lots of hours," Colonel Jaco said.
"I remember an incident on Merritt Boulevard in Essex. We were clearing a scene, and the next thing I knew, he was busy shaking hands," he said. "Tom knew so many people and had friends everywhere."
From 1987 until 2001, Mr. Everett also volunteered at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center's twice-yearly Nearly New sale.
"Giving one's time is our most precious commodity, and that's what Tom did. He was the type of volunteer you want to have," said Mary Pat Marzullo, director of volunteer services at the Towson hospital.
"Every year, the Nearly New sales raise a quarter of a million dollars, which went directly to patient care," she said. "Tom ran the chuck wagon, and it was the place to eat. He was pleasant, enthusiastic and had an outgoing personality. Our patrons just loved him."
Ms. Marzullo described his 3,976 volunteer hours at GBMC as being "pretty impressive."
He was also active in community organizations and volunteer groups including the Optimist Club of Hamilton, Optimist International, Law Officers Association of Baltimore County, Wesley Home and the Maryland Bible Society.
As a member of the Maryland Officials Club, he officiated at local swim meets and track and field competitions. He also volunteered at the Dulaney Swim Club and the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.
A rail fan, Mr. Everett was a member of the National Railroad Historical Society and the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society.
"He liked railroading and enjoyed running his Lionel trains on a basement layout. He was a great fellow who would do anything for you," said Charles T. Mahan, a Ma & Pa Railroad historian and longtime friend.
"Years back, he was a member of Railroad Passenger Cars Inc., an organization that was based at Camden Station," Mr. Mahan said.
"The group maintained passenger cars they had purchased from the B&O and made available for excursion service and for use on commuter trains that operated from Baltimore and Brunswick," he said.
Mr. Everett's wife of 41 years, the former Mary Elizabeth Elrick, died in 1992.
He was a longtime member of Towson United Methodist Church.
Services are private.
Surviving are a son, T. Stephen Everett Sr. of Timonium; a daughter, Deborah E. Maciolek of Lutherville; and four grandchildren.