Edmund John Fick, a retired banking and steel executive who advised local schools and hospitals on financial matters, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, July 11 at his Carney home. He was 79.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Dudley Avenue, he was the son of George Robert Fick, who founded a roofing company.
He attended Shrine of the Little Flower School and was a 1950 graduate of Loyola High School. He worked at Doc's Delicatessen to pay his tuition at Loyola College, where he earned an accounting degree. He served in the Army Reserves during the Korean War.
He was an accountant at Pete, Marrick and Mitchell and Eastern Stainless Steel Co. and later was senior vice president and chief financial officer at the Easco Corp. He retired from Easco in 1985 and finished his career as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Baltimore Federal Financial in 1989.
After enrolling his children at St. Ursula School, Mr. Fick discovered the school was having financial difficulty. Family members said he shared his knowledge of finance with the pastor and the school's board of directors. He became its chairman and helped it gain solvency.
He also volunteered in a similar capacity at Loyola Blakefield and the University of Maryland Medical System.
Mr. Fick was a past chairman of Good Samaritan Health System and a board member of Good Samaritan Hospital.
He coached softball, soccer and basketball at St. Ursula Catholic Youth Organization.
A Mass was held at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church on July 15.
Survivors include his partner of more than 25 years, JoAnn O'Neill of Carney; two sons, Craig Fick of Middle River and Gary Fick of La Plata; a daughter, Sharon Fick of Middle River; two sisters, Carolyn Stetka of Parkville and Yvonne Ingram of Perry Hall; and six grandchildren. A son, Brian Fick, died in 2009. His marriage to Priscilla Churchman ended in divorce.