James Bernard "Bernie" Dayhoof Jr., former owner of a Harford County home improvement business, died Oct. 25 of cardiac arrest at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air.
The lifelong Bel Air resident was 70.
James Bernard Dayhoof Jr. was born and raised in Bel Air, where he graduated in 1958 from Bel Air High School.
After serving in the Navy for several years, he worked at Black & Decker Corp. and Corbin Fuel Co. as an oil burner repairman.
Mr. Dayhoof learned the home improvement business while working for Richard Edwards Contracting Co.
In 1974, he established James Bernard Dayhoof Home Improvement and Repair Co., which he owned and operated for 35 years, until retiring in 2009.
"He was a bon vivant," said Todd Holden, a former Aegis reporter and photographer. "I played lacrosse on the first team ever at Bel Air High School with Bernie. We dated the same gal — he was always a popular guy. Later in life, a big time fisherman and football fan."
Mr. Dayhoof enjoyed spending time at a second home in Ocean City, where he indulged his passion for fishing and crabbing. He also like traveling and camping in the Florida Keys.
He was a member of American Legion Post 39 in Bel Air.
Mr. Dayhoof was a Baltimore Colts, Ravens and Orioles fan.
"He used to drive a school bus hauling Colts fans to games at Memorial Stadium, and the trips home were fun," recalled Mr. Holden.
Services were held Monday at the McComas Funeral Home in Abingdon.
Surviving are his wife of nine years, the former Joanne Taylor; a son, Kevin T. Dayhoof of Bel Air; a daughter, Julie Ann Ewers of Bel Air; a stepson, Russell Fleming of Bel Air; two stepdaughters, Kimberly Fleming and Niki Burger, both of Bel Air; two sisters, Betty Ellen Findley of Darlington and Roxanne D. Burton of Churchville; and a grandson. An earlier marriage to the former Peggy Stoval ended in divorce.
James Bernard "Bernie" Dayhoof Jr.
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