Thomas S. Shockley II, car collector

March 14, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Thomas S. Shockley II, who collected and restored classic muscle cars of the 1960s, died Sunday at his Perry Hall home. He was 62.

A cause of death was unavailable yesterday, pending a ruling by the medical examiner, family members said.

Mr. Shockley was born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton. He was a 1965 graduate of City College and attended the University of Maryland.

He served in the Navy during the late 1960s and early 1970s. After his discharge, he worked in insurance and auto sales.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, he owned and operated Key Leasing and Oldsmobile in Towson.

In recent years, he was the owner of Muscle Car Garage on U.S. 40 in Joppa, which specialized in restoring and selling the vehicles.

His personal collection featured a cherry red 1966 Mustang convertible and a 1966 Chevy Nova that he had restored.

After the death of his wife of 39 years, the former Mary Ann Puican, from breast cancer in 2005, Mr. Shockley "raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer research," said his daughter, Tamara A. Shockley of Perry Hall.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, 1100 Philadelphia Road, Joppa, where services will be held at 4 p.m. today.

Also surviving are two sons, Thomas S. Shockley III of Perry Hall and Michael A. Shockley of Parkville; two grandchildren; and his fiancee, Winnie Atland of Perry Hall.

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