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James F. Maher


1934 - 2015 Notice Condolences
James F. Maher Notice


James Francis Maher (Jim), born May 24, 1934, died peacefully at his home with his loving wife of 53 years by his side, and after spending a wonderful last day surrounded by his four grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Barbara Maher, Jim is survived by his two children, Susan Maher Singh and her husband Dr. Varinder Singh of New York City, and Edward (Ted) James Maher of Baltimore. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Sam, Kieran, Benjamin, and Calvin Singh. Born in Cohasset, Massachusetts, Jim graduated from Boston College in 1956, after which he served in the US Army Office of Intelligence. He then became an agent for the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington, D.C. Jim always wished to become an attorney and pursued his dream by enrolling in the University of Baltimore Law School from which he graduated in 1968. He began his legal career as an associate with the law firm of Shriver and Brooke in District Heights, Maryland. In 1972, Jim and his wife, Barbara, who graduated from law school with Jim, established a law practice in Laurel, Maryland. As the first married couple in law practice together in Prince George's County, they continued their law practice in Laurel until they retired several years ago. The highlight of Jim's legal career was being appointed as the City Solicitor for Laurel, Maryland in 1978 by Mayor Robert DiPietro. He proudly served the people of Laurel under three different mayors for 23 years. Beyond practicing law, Jim was immensely fond of his community and people in general and was kind and engaging to all. He frequently strolled through the streets of Laurel with his beloved border collie, Rocky, and enjoyed speaking with all those he encountered. He possessed a rare patience and kind temperament which made him loved by all who knew him, whether close family or merely an acquaintance. After his retirement from his law practice, Jim enjoyed engaging in serveral hobbies including traveling- especially to foreign destinations, walking, reading, writing poetry, listening to classical music, and the general acquisition of knowledge. He spent his retirement with his family both in his home in Baltimore, Maryland and in Naples, Florida. Visitation will take place from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A. 313 Talbott Ave., Rt. 198 West, Laurel, Maryland 20707. A Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 10:30 am at St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church, 114 St. Mary's Place, Laurel, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Glastonbury Abbey, 16 Hull Street, Hingham, MA 02043, or to the USO 2111 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1200, Arlington, VA 22201 in memory of James F. Maher or online at www.uso.org/donate. Online condolences may be made at
Published in Baltimore Sun on Dec. 9, 2015
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