We Remember Those Who Have Passed

John B. Lynch, III

BERLIN – John Bassett Lynch, III, "Tres", age 37, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at his home near Berlin.

Born in Salisbury, he is the son of John B. Lynch, Jr. and Linda Abbott Lynch.

He was a graduate of the Worcester Country School and Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, S.C. He was employed in his family’s business at the Commander Hotel in Ocean City. He was a Director for the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, former lacrosse coach at Worcester Preparatory School, former Beach Lacrosse coach and a member of Ducks Unlimited and the Safari Club

Along with his parents, he is survived by his wife, Lisa Sanger Lynch; brother, William Martin Lynch and his wife Amanda of Berlin; nephew, Jack Lynch; goddaughter and niece, Michaela Campbell; maternal grandmother, Eleanor Abbott; and many other aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Services were held. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Worcester Prep Lacrosse Program, 508 South Main St., Berlin, Md. 21811.

Arrangements are being handled by the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Philip Carman Canfora

BERLIN – Philip Carman Canfora, 83, of Ocean Pines, died at Berlin Rehabilitation Center Monday, May 19, 2008, from complications following multiple strokes.

A native of New Castle, Pa., he moved to Ocean Pines with his wife, Tina, in
the early 1990s.
From February until early May, he was a resident, with his wife, of Catered Living of Ocean Pines.

He was deeply loved by his family and friends and appreciated for his ability to find humor in any situation. He kept family members and friends entertained at holiday gatherings by sharing stories about his childhood antics, relatives, experiences as a U.S. Marine and the Italian language.

Canfora had a nickname for everybody he knew. He loved to laugh, tell jokes, watch old movies, listen to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin records and have dinner with his loved ones. In his younger years, he was known as a fine dancer.

He had a particular fondness for hot dogs and soft oatmeal cookies with orange juice. For him, the perfect meal ended with a big dish of chocolate ice cream.

His family-owned Bordonaro and Canfora Produce was a wholesale fruit and vegetable business in New Castle, Pa. for five generations. He also worked in grocery store produce departments in Slippery Rock, Pa., and Ocean City. He was a master woodcraftsman who fashioned tables, chairs, benches, sandboxes and decorative items for his family and friends.

Canfora was an employee of Wal-Mart for many years and known as The Paint Man in the hardware department of the Berlin store. A co-worker dubbed him A Walmart Institution.

He is survived by his wife, Concetta "Tina" Vendemia Canfora. They were married June 1, 1946, and would have celebrated their 62nd anniversary this year. He is also survived by two daughters, MaryAnn of New Jersey and Susan of Ocean Pines.

He attended St. John Neuman Catholic Church in Ocean Pines.

He was honored by the Worcester County War Veterans in Ocean Pines. Canfora was proud to be a U.S. Marine during World War II, from 1941-1945, and served aboard the battleship U.S.S. Alaska.

Born on Sept. 15, 1924, he was the son of Alessandro and Mary Bordonaro Canfora.

Services were held. Arrangements are being handled by Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Robert Lee Fitzgerald

BERLIN – Robert Lee Fitzgerald, age 88, died Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at his home.

Born in West Virginia, he was the son of the late Dennis R. and Emma Rhoads Fitzgerald.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Carolyn Walker-Fitzgerald; he was predeceased by his first wife of 59 years, Lamax Fitzgerald. Along with his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Shirley K. Warren and her husband Woodrow of Berlin and Sandra F. Esworthy and her husband Larry of Union Bridge, Md.; a son-in-law, William Ellis; six grandchildren, James Fitzgerald and his wife Tammy of Berlin, Renee Fitzgerald of Whaleyville, Shane Warren and his wife Julie of Willards, Robert Muller and his wife Jaime, William Muller and his fiancé Ali, all of Elkton, Md, and Timothy Esworthy of Union Bridge; three great grandchildren, Kelsey Warren and Robert Harrison Warren of Willards and Brayden Robert Muller of Elkton; two step daughters, Susan Rudy and her husband Ronald and Jan Walker all of Mt. Airy; four step grandchildren, Kama Winas and her husband Jason of Inwood, W.Va., Amy Hiet and her husband Mark of Martinsburg, W.Va., Dan Rudy and Adam Rudy both of Mt. Airy; seven step great grandchildren, Kelsey, Jordan, Brittney and Marissa Winas of Inwood, W.Va., Cody and Chloe Hiet of Martinsburg, W.Va. and William White of Berlin; one brother, Roscoe Dennis Fitzgerald, II and his wife B.J. of Piscataway, N.J.; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

Fitzgerald was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Muller-Ellis, a son, Emmett Lee Fitzgerald; three brothers, Neuman, Cecil and Wayne Fitzgerald; and a sister, Lillian Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean City.

His family owned and operated B&F Bicycle on the Boardwalk for many years.

He was a former member of the American Legion in Berlin, a charter member of the Optimist Club, and a member of the Rotary Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and beach combing. He was a WWII Navy veteran where he held rank as 3rd class petty officer.

Friends may call on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 1 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean City.

Memorial contributions may be made in Fitzgerald’s name to the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean City, 1301 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City, MD 21842 or to The Salvation Army, 407 Oak St., Salisbury, Md. 21802.

Frederick Emil Denhard

OCEAN CITY – Frederick Emil Denhard, 79, an Ocean City resident formerly of Baltimore, died on Friday, May 16, 2008.

Denhard grew up in Baltimore and attended Patterson High School before joining the Navy where he saw a good bit of the world while fighting for the country and the flag he loved so much. He graduated from the Baltimore College of Commerce and later became the head of the accounting office for Armco Steel in Baltimore.

Denhard truly loved Baltimore in every sense of the word from his devotion to the old Baltimore Colts and Baltimore Orioles to his enjoyment of a big table full of steamed crabs and everything that went with them. He would often make the three-mile walk from his home on Lake Ave. in Baltimore to Memorial Stadium to watch the Colts and the Orioles during their glory years and he often had one or more of his young sons in tow.

Denhard moved to Ocean City about five years ago and continued his love of everything the Land of Pleasant Living had to offer. He loved fishing and would often drop a line from the back of his bayfront home on 9th Street. He would often collect fresh oysters from the hanging beds he kept behind his home and simply enjoyed watching the breath-taking sunsets across the bay from his Ocean City home.

In his waning years, Denhard would, from time to time, make the rounds to some of his favorite watering holes around Ocean City, again with his son in tow, for a beer or two, some good conversation and perhaps a bowl of peanuts. The good life he enjoyed along the waterfront in Ocean City always kept him smiling and he passed away a content man.

Denhard was husband to the late Gladys Celeste Denhard and father to Roger Frederick Denhard, Mark Edward Denhard and Scott Wheeler Denhard.

Friends are invited to join in a celebration of his life on Tuesday, May 27 at 8110B Harford Rd. in Baltimore about one mile south of the Harford Rd. exit on the Baltimore Beltway. Plans are in the works for a similar celebration in Ocean City in the near future.

Betty Jean Jones

PITTSVILLE – Betty Jean Jones, age 74, died Monday, May 19, 2008 at her home in Pittsville.

She was the daughter of the late Levine R. and Martha Littleton Watson.

Jones was a member of the First Baptist Church in Berlin.

Jones was preceded in death by her husband, George M. Jones. She is survived by a son, George W. Jones and his wife Betty of Willards; two daughters, Patricia Ann Swift of Willards and Teresa Elliott and her husband Harvey of Berlin; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Watson, and a sister, Janet Mitchell.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802. Arrangements are being handled by the Burbage Funeral Home.

Irene Smith Haynes

BERLIN – Jessie Irene Smith Haynes, age 91, died Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at her home.

Born in Ringgold, Va., she was the daughter of the late Jay Harden Smith and Ruth C. Walton Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Guthrie Haynes, Sr., in 1991.

She is survived by her daughters, Judith Walton Haynes of Gloucester, Va., Mary Catherine Warfield and her husband Albert Michael Warfield of Swan Point, Md., Margaret Ann Haynes of Milton, Del., sons, Dr. Charles Guthrie Haynes, Jr. and his wife Nancy J. Haynes of Bishopville and Stephen Jay Haynes and his wife Christine Boteler Haynes of Onley, Md. There are nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers Harvey Landon Smith, Herbert Marvin Smith, Daniel Jefferson Smith, sisters Margaret Ann Smith Wade and Marion Harden Smith Hart and numerous nieces and nephews.

Also preceding her in death were sisters Edith H. Smith and Emily Doris Smith Cleary; brother Joseph Walton Smith; and a son in law David Hochberg.

Haynes had worked as a secretary with Guthrie Lithograph and in the nursing office at Catholic University. She had been a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Silver Spring and St. John Neumann Catholic Church at Ocean Pines. She enjoyed most of all family, homemaking, gardening and especially  all things “Christmas”.

Donations may be made to St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 11211 Beauchamp Rd., Berlin, Md. 21811 and to St. Colman’s, 11 Haswell Rd., Watervliet, N.Y., 12189. Arrangements are being handled by the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

W. Harold Hastings

OCEAN PINES – W. Harold Hastings, 82, of Ocean Pines and formerly of Selbyville, died on Friday, May 16 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. Born in Baldes, Del., he was the son of the late W. Earl and Nellie Maverick Hastings.

Hastings graduated from the former Selbyville High School in 1943 and attended George Washington University and Temple University. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

For 47 years, he owned and operated the former Hastings Pharmacy in Selbyville which was established by his father in 1929. He served on the Selbyville Town Council for five years and was a 50-year member of the Lions and had been a member of the Selbyville Lions Club and the Berlin Lions Club.

He is survived by his much beloved wife of 58 years, Mary Jane Hastings, Ocean Pines; a son, Glenn Hastings of Selbyville; two daughters, Nancy H. Fox and her husband Don of Charleston, S.C. and Janet H. Loveland and her husband Mark of Frankford; three grandsons; and on e great grandson.

Services were held. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 11211 Beauchamp Road, Berlin, Md. 21811.

Arrangements by Hastings Funeral Home.

John Leon Stasiak

OCEAN CITY – John Leon Stasiak, chairman of M. Nelson Barnes & Sons, Inc., a Baltimore-based mechanical contracting company, died on March 14, 2008 of natural causes at his Ocean City home. He was 62.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Greenhill Avenue, he graduated from Baltimore Poly Technical Institute. He began his career as a mechanical estimator/project manager with M. Nelson Barnes & Sons, Inc. in 1963. He became Executive Vice President in 1976 and in 1979 was the first stockholder from outside the Barnes family. In 1983, he advanced to President and became owner four years later. Stasiak devoted 45 years of his life to the success of the company and to ensure his company’s

continuation, converted it to a 100-percent employee-owned business in 2005.

Stasiak had professional membership in the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc. and supported the endeavors of the Engineering Society of Baltimore. Affiliations included the

Associated Builders and Contractors of Baltimore, Building Congress & Exchange of Metropolitan Baltimore, Je Mein Fous, and Ocean City Ravens

Roost #44.

A funeral service was held in Baltimore at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home on March 20 with many family and friends attending.

To further celebrate John’s life, an Ocean City Memorial will be held on his birthday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. on the beach at 141st Street.

In memoriam, charitable donations can be made to The John L. Stasiak Foundation c/o Marianne S. Hellauer, DLA Piper US LLP, 6225 Smith Avenue, Baltimore, Md. 21209.

Joseph Clements, Sr.

OCEAN PINES – Joseph Clements, Sr., 79, previously from Clinton, Md. died May 12, 2008 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

Born April 17, 1929 in Washington, D.C., he attended Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C. He was employed as a superintendent with Flippo Construction Company most of his life. He was a member of the Moose Lodge #126 in Clinton, Md. for many years.

He was the beloved husband of Deborah E. Clements, whom he married on March 25, 1950.

He was the father of Joseph Clements, Jr. and Richard Clements, both of Edgewater, Michael Clements of Berlin, Kevin Clements of Waldorf, Md. and Steven Clements of Huntingtown, Md., and brother of the late Louis Litz, Olive Medlock, Roy Courtney Litz, Carmella Del Guidice, Anthony Clements, Marie Lomax and Frank Clements. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held in Edgewater, Md. Interment was in Lakemont Memorial Gardens in Davidsonville, Md.