James Burton Baker
OCEAN CITY – James Burton “Big Bake” Baker Sr. 78, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 11, 2016, at the Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Berlin.
Born in Southampton, N.Y., he was the son of the late Cyrus and Betsey Taylor Baker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jean Aydelotte Baker, and sister, Susan Taylor Baker.
He is survived by his son, James B. Baker Jr., and his wife, Lynne, of Bishopville, and grandson Austin James Baker.
Big Bake was a 1955 graduate of Stephen Decatur High School. During the summer, he worked beach stands in Ocean City, where he rented surf mats and umbrellas. After graduation, he worked for Wainwright’s Tire Center in Berlin and the Berlin Police Department. He retired after 30-plus years with the Ocean City Police Department.
He was a member of the Redman’s Lodge, Ocean City Fire Company (Gold Badge), and F.O.P. Lodge 10, and the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean City.
Bake was a much-loved and well-respected member of the community. You would be hard put to find a local who couldn’t tell you a story about him.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, March 15, at the First Presbyterian Church in Ocean City. The Rev. Olin Shockley officiated. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Park.
A donation in his memory may be made to Children’s House by the Sea, 13 66th St., Ocean City, Md. 21842. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com.
Paul Ellsworth McGinn
OCEAN CITY – Paul “Fuzzy” Mc-Ginn, 95, of Baltimore and Ocean City, died on March 11, 2016.
He is survived by his daughter, Janice Conner, granddaughters Rachel Jones (Shawn), Claire Otterbein (Chris), great-granddaughter Lily Jones, son-in-law Steven Gaylor along with wife Jeannie and daughters Michelle and Gina, and niece Patricia Austin (Hermie).
He is preceded in death by his wife, Marie McGinn, children Susan Gaylor, Paul McGinn Jr. and infant Bridget McGinn, granddaughters Jennifer and Katie Gaylor and brothers Richard and Edward McGinn.
Paul was born on Dec. 16, 1920, to parents Bessie “Lily” and Edward McGinn.
He graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and retired after a long career at C&P Telephone, where we worked his way up from lineman to engineer.
Paul served 20 missions as an armored gunner in World War II. He was an avid fisherman who loved being on the water. He will be remembered for his dedication to his family.
A funeral is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. on March 18 at the chapel at Oak Crest Village in Parkville, Md. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Paul’s life.
Donations can be made in his memory to Worcester GOLD, P.O. Box 39, Snow Hill, MD 21863.
Dorothy I. Blalock
OCEAN CITY – Dorothy I. Blalock, age 93, of Ocean City, passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.
Dorothy retired from St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore where she was a nurse. She was active in Friends of the Library in Ocean City.
Her husband, Oscar “OJ” Blalock, passed away in 1986.
She is survived by two daughters, Penny Szczepanski and Robyn White, a son, Gregory Blalock, and daughter-in-law, Marylynn, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations may be made to Seasons Hospice, 220 Continental Dr., Suite 407, Newark, Del. 19713.