Edward Deaton, sign company owner

March 07, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Edward Deaton, former co-owner of a Baltimore neon sign company, died Feb. 26 of pneumonia at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 86.

Mr. Deaton, the son of farmers, was born and raised in Frozen Creek, Ky., where his parents also owned and operated a store.

He attended local public schools and moved to Baltimore in 1942 when he went to work for the Triangle Sign Co.

In 1948, Mr. Deaton and his partner, Bob Coufal, established Century Neon Sign Co., which they owned and operated until selling the business and retiring in 1989.

"They had all the contracts for signs for Coca-Cola and BP gas stations in Maryland, Washington and Northern Virginia, as well as Breyer's Ice Cream," said his daughter, Carolyn L. DeShaw of Bel Air.

"He also did the sign for the Bel-Loc Diner, which I drive by every day on my way to work," she said.

A former longtime Arbutus resident, Mr. Deaton had lived in Bel Air since 2002.

Mr. Deaton, who was known as "Mr. Ed," enjoyed fishing.

He was a member of the Bel Air Church of the Nazarene.

Services were held Monday.

Also surviving are his wife of 65 years, the former Gertrude F. Schneider; a grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

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