Don­ald H. Ready, real es­tate firm founder

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Don­ald H. Ready, founder of a com­mer­cial real es­tate and de­vel­op­ment firm, died Sept. 5 of heart fail­ure at Levin­dale He­brew Geri­atric Cen­ter & Hos­pi­tal in Bal­ti­more. He was 83. The son of Hart­nett Ready, an in­sur­ance sales­man, and Ruth Ready, a CBS Ra­dio en­gi­neer, Don­ald Hart­nett Ready was born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y., and grad­u­ated in 1950 from Roo­sevelt High School.

He served with the Army Sig­nal Corps in Ja­pan from 1950 to 1952. Af­ter be­ing dis­charged from the ser­vice, he at­tended night school at Iona Col­lege in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Mr. Ready be­gan his ca­reer work­ing for a res­i­den­tial real es­tate firm in NewYork City, even­tu­ally mov­ing to its com­mer­cial side.

He be­came a lo­ca­tion spe­cial­ist for the old Food Fair gro­cery store chain, a po­si­tion that in 1966 prompted his move to Bal­ti­more.

He left Food Fair three years later when he es­tab­lished Don­ald H. Ready Real Es­tate in a small Timonium of­fice.

One of his first busi­ness part­ner­ships was with broth­ers An­gelo D’Anna and Car­men D’Anna, whose other brother, Joseph D’Anna, es­tab­lished the first Mars su­per­mar­ket on Old Eastern Av­enue in Es­sex.

In 1974, the part­ners opened Danville Square Shop­ping Cen­ter on Mer­ritt Boule­vard.

Mr. Ready con­tin­ued work­ing with the D’Anna broth­ers on sev­eral projects and de­vel­oped a deep friend­ship with An­gelo D’Anna, who wanted him to be­come his real es­tate ad­viser.

But Mr. Ready in­stead wished to re­main in­de­pen­dent and work for him­self, fam­ily mem­bers said.

Other no­table projects he was in­volved with in­cluded Manor Shop­ping Cen­ter, which he de­vel­oped in Four Corners in the Jack­sonville area of Bal­ti­more County in 1976, and projects in Bal­ti­more and Har­ford coun­ties.

“He was known for his sharp busi­ness sense and an in­cred­i­ble level of in­tegrity,” said a son, Don­ald H. Ready Jr., of Cedar­croft, who is vice pres­i­dent of com­mer­cial real es­tate for DHR Com­mer­cial Real Es­tate, as the firm is now known.

The long­time Cedar­croft res­i­dent was semire­tired at his death.

A life­long sailor, Mr. Ready en­joyed sailing the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and the In­ter­costal Wa­ter­way to Florida aboard his 47-foot Ma­rine trad­ing In­ter­na­tional trawler. He was a mem­ber of the Spar­rows Point Coun­try Club, where he kept his boat and also en­joyed play­ing golf.

In­ter­ested in the restora­tion and preser­va­tion of the bay, he was an ac­tive mem­ber and sup­porter of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Foun­da­tion.

He was also an ac­tive mem­ber of Boats for Hope, a group that takes dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren and their fam­i­lies for a day on the bay .

me­mo­rial Mass will be of­feredA at 10 a.m. Satur­day at St. Pius X Ro­man Catholic Church, York and Over­brook roads, Rodgers Forge.

In ad­di­tion to his son, Mr. Ready is sur­vived by his wife of 52 years, the for­mer Brenda Brady; three other sons, Michael A. Ready of Park­ton, Steven J. Ready of Tow­son and Dou­glas R. Ready of Ox­nard, Calif.; and nine grand­chil­dren.

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