Dennis B. Britton, 74

Distiller, business owner

July 29, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Dennis B. "Ding" Britton, a former distiller who later owned and operated a janitorial service, died of complications from a stroke at Mercy Medical Center. He was 74 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

Mr. Britton was born in Baltimore and attended Carver Vocational-Technical High School until enlisting in the Navy in 1952. After leaving the Navy in 1953, he went to work at the Joseph E. Seagram distillery in Relay until retiring in 1983.

From 1983 to 1994, he was the owner of C and C Janitorial Services.

As a youth, Mr. Britton had been an accomplished baseball player.

"He was an outfielder and played in the minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians and had been recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers," said his former wife, Carolyn P. Britton of Gambrills.

Mr. Britton was a communicant at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

Also surviving are a son, Corey P. Britton of Upper Marlboro; three sisters, Regina Britton and Catherine Wesson, both of Baltimore, and Francine Hopkins of Elkridge; and a grandson.

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