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Earle E. Nicholson of Urbana died on May 19 at the age of 91. Known to his family and friends as “Ting,” Nicholson was the youngest of eight siblings growing up in Comus. Nich- olson graduated from Poolesville High School in 1947 where he participated in 4-H, raising swine and showing Percheron draft horses. He met his wife Marie at a barn dance in Freder- ick. Te couple celebrated their 70th anniver- sary earlier this year at Northampton Manor nursing home. Shortly after marrying Marie, the couple

moved to Maple Hill Farm in Urbana where Nicholson was the farm manager until 1988. In the early 1960s, he purchased his first Shet- land Pony and fell in love with the breed. He soon had several Shetlands and began to put together a team. Whether driving a single pony hitched to a four-wheeled cart, or four hitched to a wagon, Nicholson took his team to parades, gave rides and drove the 4-H Queen around the grandstand each year at the Great Frederick Fair. From Shetlands he moved on to Percherons

and competed at local fairs in both confor- mation and hitch classes. His Star and Apple were often seen in downtown Frederick giving carriage rides during the holidays, presenting the 4-H Queen and King at the Montgom- ery County Fair 4-H parade, and at weddings. Nicholson was a charter member of the Mary- land Draft Horse & Mule Association, which was formed in 1985. He served as the organi- zation’s first President and, along with Marie, he brought Draft Horse and Mule shows back to the Howard, Montgomery and Frederick fairs. He served as Superintendent of Te Great Frederick Fair’s Draft Horse & Mule Show until 2019. Nicholson was also a 4-H leader in Urbana

from 1957 to 1989 and was a charter mem- ber of the Frederick County 4-H Camp and Activity Center. In 1983, he was awarded the Maryland 4-H Alumni Award. He also won the Maryland Horse Council Youth Volunteer of the Year Award for his decades of service to youth riding organizations.

Virginia Lee Baldwin Peddicord, mother

of Maryland Horse Industry Board Execu- tive Director Ross Peddicord, died on May 19. She was 97 and lived in Catonsville. Born and raised in Elkridge, Peddicord was a 1940 grad- uate of Elkridge High School. She worked for Westinghouse during World War II and sup- ported the war effort by donating blood. She | 800-244-9580

Robert A. Kinsley, MFH by Albert J.A. Young, President Emeritus Elkridge Harford Hunt Club, Inc. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share

the very sad news of the death this morning [June 10, 2020] of our beloved Joint Master Bob Kinsley after a courageous battle with

also worked for Judge James A. Clark, Sr. of the Howard County Circuit Court and went on to be a legal secretary for more than 40 years for the law practices of Charles E. Hogg and later his nephew, Richard Kinlein. Her volunteer work included being president of the Howard County Parent Teachers As- sociation and the Salvation Army of Howard County chair for 20 years. She also volunteered with the Red Cross and Howard Coun- ty Heart Association. After retirement, she volunteered for several years as a lay leader for the Methodist church in Nome, Alaska. After winning a 50-yard dash at the age of 70 in the town’s Iditarod Festival, she returned to Maryland with her favorite sled dog, Lovee.

In the 1950s, Peddicord

was nominated for a con- test to be named Howard County’s most in- fluential woman. She appeared on WBAL-TV but lost to family friend Beatrice Pfefferkorn. She was a longtime member of the Branch

and Twig Garden Club in Howard Coun- ty and a longtime communicant of Emory Methodist Church in Ellicott City where she served as the first female trustee and treasurer.

Martin “Marty” E. Burton of Cambridge

died on May 29. He was 68. Burton gradu- ated from Cambridge High School in 1969. After graduating, he continued working with his father in the family businesses of Gypsy Hill Farm and Burt-Mill. He also managed the family’s many rental properties in the Cambridge area. Burton loved horses like his father did and was a harness racing trainer. Two of his favorite Standardbred racehorses were Best Mood and Majestic Jackpot. Burton was a member of the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owner’s Association and was well known on the east coast harness racing circuit.

cancer. Tere is no way to do justice to the life of Bob Kinsley in a few words or even pages. It would take books. Te success Bob was able to achieve is nothing short of staggering. He told me that when he and Anne came home from their honeymoon, he opened his bank state- ment and he had a net worth of $19.00. With that he bought a shovel and a wheelbarrow and rented a truck. And then he went to work. And boy did he go to work. Today Kinsley Construc- tion employs more than 3,000 people. Tey are involved in almost every area of construction from custom homes and his- toric restoration to high- ways, bridges, office com- plexes, materials, installation,

utility Robert A. Kinsley, MFH

and industrial parks and mixed-use projects.

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addition to the “Mother

Ship,” Kinsley family holdings include 17 oth- er companies including a steel fabrication and erection company, a crane company, an electri- cal contractor, an architectural and engineer- ing firm, an IT firm, mechanical, electrical and plumbing companies. One of those companies, Kinsley Properties, owns 13 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space as well as apartments and hotels. I provide this informa- tion (about which modest Bob would not be happy) simply to convey the tremendous mag- nitude of the success he was able to achieve. You would expect that anyone able to achieve

that incredible level of success must be a ruth- less and selfish businessman who puts himself and his needs above others. Bob didn’t have a ruthless or selfish bone in his body. He was kind, compassionate, huge hearted with a strong social conscience. He and Anne estab- lished the Kinsley Family Foundation, a reg- istered charity with over 13 million dollars in assets which supports a wide array of commu- nity support organizations through generous annual donations. Bob almost single-handedly saved an American national treasure, the Get- tysburg Battlefield. Bob formed Te Gettys- burg Foundation and became its Chairman, setting about a massive campaign to raise the money needed to restore the famous Cyclo- rama and to restore and maintain the battle-



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