John F. Ercole Sr., IRS agent, dies

He went on to own a tuxedo shop

  • John F. Ercole
John F. Ercole
April 01, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

John F. Ercole Sr., a retired Internal Revenue Service agent, died Wednesday of complications from dementia at Bonnie Blink, the Maryland Masonic Home in Hunt Valley. He was 86.

The son of bar owners, Mr. Ercole was born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown. He was a graduate of Patterson High School.

During World War II, he served with an Army infantry unit in Europe.

After being discharged from the Army, he returned to Baltimore and went to work for the IRS in 1949. He was an agent at the time of his retirement in 1979.

In 1980, Mr. Ercole opened Athens Formal Wear, a tuxedo shop on Erdman Avenue and Edison Highway, which he owned and operated until 1985, when he closed the business.

He then joined Athens Formal Wear on Taylor Avenue, where he was a salesman until retiring in 2007.

Mr. Ercole was known for his sartorial splendor.

"He was a real Dapper Dan," said a son, Carl J. Ercole of Parkton.

The former Belair-Edison resident, who began playing trumpet during his high school years, organized the Jolly Aires, a musical group that performed at area weddings and bar mitzvahs and for various catering events.

He moved to the Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville in 2007 and to Bonnie Blink this year.

Mr. Ercole liked attending American Legion dances with his companion of 10 years, Irma M. LaBue of Parkville.

His wife of 48 years, the former Catherine Cicone, died in 1995.

Mr. Ercole was a communicant of Our Lady of Pompeii Roman Catholic Church, South Conkling and Claremont streets, Highlandtown, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday.

Also surviving are two other sons, Joseph C. Ercole of Atlanta and John F. Ercole Jr. of New York City; a daughter, Carla D. Ercole of New York City; a sister, Margaret Costantini of Baltimore; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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