Wil­liam B. Love, real es­tate sales­man

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Wil­liam B. Love, who spent nearly 40 years in real es­tate sales and whose char­i­ta­ble in­ter­ests in­cluded the Make-A-Wish Foun­da­tion, died Oct. 4 from a brain tu­mor at Sym­phony Manor in Roland Park. The Mays chapel res­i­dent was 75.

Wil­liam Baylis Love was born in Roanoke, Va., the son of Ge­orge Love, an of­fi­cial with Ch­e­sa­peake & Po­tomac Tele­phone Co., and Baylis Love, a home­maker.

He set­tled with his fam­ily on La­belle Av­enue in Rux­ton in 1950 and at­tended St. Paul’s School when its cam­pus was lo­cated in Mount Wash­ing­ton. He con­tin­ued there af­ter it re­lo­cated to its present Brook­landville cam­pus.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing in 1960, he en­rolled at the Univer­sity of North Car­olina at Chapel Hill, and re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in 1964.

He be­gan his real es­tate ca­reer af­ter col­lege, then joined the Mary­land Na­tional Guard. In­ter­est rates were high in the real es­tate field, so af­ter be­ing dis­charged he went into club man­age­ment for a time at the Bal­ti­more Coun­try Club.

In 1965, he mar­ried the former Jane Du­gan, whose fa­ther was owner of Du­gan Leather Co., a sad­dlery busi­ness.

He man­aged the busi­ness for sev­eral years be­fore re­turn­ing to real es­tate sales in 1982, join­ing the firm of O’Conor Piper & Flynn. The firm later be­came Cold­well Banker.

Mr. Love was joined in his real es­tate work by his wife. The cou­ple spe­cial­ized in north­ern Bal­ti­more County prop­er­ties, es­pe­cially Rux­ton, Rider­wood, Tow­son and Lutherville.

He was a com­mu­ni­cant at the Epis­co­pal Church of the Good Shep­herd in Rux­ton, and was gifted with an out­go­ing and friendly per­son­al­ity — along with a rapier wit.

It was not un­com­mon to see Mr. Love, dressed in his trade­mark gray trousers and blue blazer, stand­ing along­side a road af­ter at­tend­ing Sun­day church ser­vices, and ham­mer­ing a “For Sale” sign into the ground and dec­o­rat­ing it with bal­loons.

He was aware of the so­cial ca­chet at­tached to Rux­ton as a sale point for po­ten­tial buy­ers and sell­ers. He once told a re­porter for The Bal­ti­more Sun that when sell­ing a house in nearby com­mu­ni­ties, “Rux­ton ex­tends all the way to the Penn­syl­va­nia state line.”

Mr. Love re­tired last year af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mor.

He en­joyed thor­ough­bred rac­ing but never bet more than $5, his wife said. He dreamed of own­ing a race horse — so he cre­ated a horse syndicate with friends and ac­quain­tances. Over a pe­riod of 15 years, he had “al­most 30 win­ner circle pic­tures to brag about,” Mrs. Love said. He also presided over an an­nual “State of the Horse” party.

Mr. Love was also an in­vet­er­ate col­lege bas­ket­ball fan, and used the NCAA Men’s Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foun­da­tion. His wife said that over the years he raised more than $100,000 for the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“He had so much fun do­ing this,” she said.

Mr. Love, lived on Campbell Lane in West Tow­son for 26 years, and in Rider­wood, be­fore mov­ing to Mays Chapel. He liked spend­ing time at a sec­ond home he and his wife owned in Bethany Beach, Del.

A “Cel­e­bra­tion of Love” ser­vice will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Epis­co­pal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

In ad­di­tion to his wife, he is sur­vived by two sons, Jody Love of Lutherville and Jamie Love of Los An­ge­les; a brother, Tom Love of Cen­tre­ville in Queen Anne’s County; and three grand­chil­dren.

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