James C. Constable, businessman

He had worked for IBM in advertising and communications

  • James Cheston Constable
James Cheston Constable (Baltimore Sun )
March 14, 2013|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

James C. Constable, a retired businessman and World War II veteran, died March 7 of heart failure at his Essex, Conn., home. He was 96.

James Cheston Constable, the son of the founder of the Baltimore law firm Wright, Constable & Skeen and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park.

One of his ancestors, James Black Groome of Elkton, had been a U.S. senator and was governor of Maryland from 1874 to 1876.

Mr. Constable, who was known as Cheston, attended Gilman School and graduated in 1935 from the old Tome School in Port Deposit. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1939 from Brown University.

From 1942 to 1945, he served as an Army paratrooper in Europe, where he attained the rank of captain.

After the war, Mr. Constable worked in Manhattan and Armonk, N.Y., for IBM Corp. in advertising and communications. He retired in the mid-1970s.

The former Greenwich, Conn., resident who had moved to Essex, Conn., enjoyed spending summers at a second home at Nantucket, Mass., where he sailed and played tennis. He also was an avid reader of history.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Old Lyme, Conn.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, the former Priscilla Bouve McCaffrey, who was a Henri Bendel fashion designer; a son, Timothy C. Constable of Watertown, Mass.; a daughter, Pamela G. Constable of Arlington, Va.; and two granddaughters.


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