John Joseph Hudson

HUDSON , John Joseph On Wednesday, August 8, 2012, John Joseph Hudson, 83, of Linthicum Heights, passed away at St. Agnes Hospital, with family by his side. John was born on August 5, 1929, in South Baltimore to John and Marie Hudson. He was born with a strong work ethic and among many jobs as a youth, he would cart groceries home from the store for customers and caddy at local golf courses. He attended St Mary Star of the Sea elementary school and Mt. St. Joseph High School graduating in 1948. After graduation, John began a long career in the transportation business, starting at Kane Transfer Co. on Fort Avenue in South Baltimore. He started as a driver's helper and motivated by the drive to succeed and a love for the business, eventually became president of Kane Transfer Co. John served four years with the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War. While stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, he met Sylvia Rose Balcar. They were married on February 14, 1953, and lived out their promises made on that day for over 59 years. After an honorable discharge in 1955, John and Sylvia returned to the Baltimore area and began raising their family. John resumed work in trucking and being the business entrepreneur that he was, branched out to begin many other transportation ventures. He became president of Temp Distribution in 1984-a successful business that continues to this day. He was proud to be a member of The Knights of Columbus (Council 4606), serving a term as Grand Knight. John had many interests including golf, playing cards, bowling and was always a faithful fan of his hometown teams, the Orioles and Ravens. After John retired, he and Sylvia loved traveling to Florida every January with many wonderful friends to spend the winter. He joked that the car was packed and ready to go long before the Christmas decorations were down. A highlight of John's life was being invited to meet former President Ronald Reagan in 1998 after writing a letter of admiration. He returned home from California with happy memories and many photos. John loved to laugh and always had a humorous story or joke to share. He would find the funny side of any situation. He looked forward to social gatherings and being with his family and many friends often saying, "family is everything." John was a very generous man who gave unconditionally and built his life around a strong faith in God. He was the family patriarch and his loss is deeply felt. John is survived by his wife Sylvia and their three children, Jean Gilliss (Les), John Hudson Jr (Mary), and Linda Hutchinson (Tom); six grandchildren Matthew Gilliss (Valerie), Janessa Filipponi (Craig), Christopher Hudson, John P. Hudson, McKenzie Hutchinson, Gracee Hutchinson; one great-granddaughter Adelaide Gilliss and his sister Catherine Welsh (Dick).

Published in Baltimore Sun from Oct. 4 to Oct. 6, 2012