Thomas A. Amatucci, 87, a Washington area automobile dealer from the 1920s through the 1950s and a real estate investor and savings and loan executive, died June 17 at a nursing home in Ormond Beach, Fla. He had cancer.
Mr. Amatucci began his career as a Washington automobile dealer in 1922 when he opened a Studebaker dealership. He acquired a DeSoto dealership in 1926, a Chrysler dealership in 1929 and a Plymouth dealership in 1932. By 1941 his Chrysler-Plymouth dealership had become one of the largest in the nation.
He acquired a Chevrolet dealership in Wheaton in 1954 that was subsequently sold to a son and became known as Jack Amatucci Chevrolet.
During World War II, Mr. Amatucci expanded his business to include real estate investments, and he owned several apartment buildings and hotels in Washington.
He was a former chairman of the board of the old Guardian Federal Savings and Loan Association.
In 1951, Mr. Amatucci moved to Florida, but he continued to participate in business dealings in the Washington area. He also invested in shopping centers and hotels in Florida.
A resident of Ormond Beach, he was born in Avellino, Italy. He came to the United States in 1914 as a page at the Italian consulate in Boston. He opened a Maxwell car dealership in Salem, Mass., in 1917, five years before he moved to Washington.
Mr. Amatucci's 56-year marriage to Theresa Amatucci ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Amatucci of Ormond Beach; two sons by his first marriage, Jack Amatucci of Ormond Beach and Tom Amatucci of Silver Spring; two brothers, Edward and Gaetano Amatucci, both of Silver Spring; a sister, Maria Amatucci of Avellino, and five grandchildren.
SILAS EDWARD (SI) DENNIS JR., 66, the former chief of police, treasurer and city manager of Hyattsville, died of cancer June 17 at his home in Rockledge, Fla.
Mr. Dennis was born in The Plains, Va. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II. After the war he was a campus policeman at the University of Maryland and in 1949 joined the Hyattsville Police Department. He was chief from 1956 to 1965, when he resigned to become an assistant to Rep. Hervey G. Machen (D-Md.).
Mr. Dennis was on Machen's staff four years. From 1969 to 1978 he was clerk, treasurer and city manager of Hyattsville. He then retired and moved to Florida.
His marriages to Pauline Barron, Ruth Snydeman and Sarah Stanley ended in divorce.
Survivors include a daughter by his second marriage, Marilynn Hope Weidner of McLean; two half brothers, Richard Dennis of Gainesville, Va., and Tommy Dennis of Renton, Wash.; a half sister, Dorothy Swain of Warrenton, and two granddaughters.
EVERETT G. HARRIS JR., 67, a retired director of administration with the American Chemical Society, died June 9 at the home of his mother in Fairfax. He had cancer.
Mr. Harris, who lived in Fairfax, was born in St. Louis, Mo. He attended George Washington University. He moved to the Washington area in 1945 and joined the American Chemical Society. He retired in 1985.
He was a senior master of the American Contract Bridge League and a member of the U.S. Tennis Association and the Fairfax Racquet Club.
His marriage to Peggy Harris ended in divorce.
In addition to his mother, Juanita Cassidy, survivors include his wife, Iris A. Harris of Fairfax; four children by his first marriage, Grant and William Harris and Donna Padgug, all of Gaithersburg, and Dorothy Cates of Rockville; one stepson, Jeff Baggett of Los Angeles; one brother, Charles Harris of New Carrollton; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
NORMAN N. BASHOOR, 51, a native Washingtonian who had been in business in Florida since the 1960s, died June 16 at a hospital in Ormond Beach of a heart ailment and complications from surgery for stomach ulcers.
Mr. Bashoor was a graduate of Northwestern High School in Prince George's County and the University of Maryland. He served in the Army in Europe in the late 1950s.
After his Army service he moved to Florida where he was a real estate broker and investor. He had also worked in international sales for General Development Co. in Miami and for International Telephone and Telegraph. He was living in Ormond Beach when he died.
Survivors include his mother, Alice Bashoor of Hyattsville; three brothers, James Bashoor of Hyattsville, Michael Bashoor of Bowie and Raymond Bashoor of Accokeek, and a sister, Janet Davis of College Park.
RALPH BELDEN FLEHARTY, 74, a retired assistant district manager with the Arabian-American Oil Co., died of a stroke June 12 at the Page County Memorial Hospital in Luray, Va. He had lived in Luray since 1963.
Mr. Fleharty was born in Washington and graduated from the old Western High School. He attended the University of Virginia.
He worked for the old War Department during World War II. He joined Aramco in 1945 and worked for that firm in Saudi Arabia until he retired in 1963.
His first wife, the former Lillian Hurdle, died in 1966.
Survivors include his wife, Isabel Judd Fleharty of Luray; four children by his first marriage, Sandra Brudin of Silver Spring, Katharine Minutes of Countryside, Va., Patricia Holman of London, and Ralph Fleharty III of Luray; one brother, William P. Fleharty of Palm Coast, Fla., and nine grandchildren.
MARIE MATHEW RASK, 80, a former Capitol Hill secretary, died of kidney failure June 16 at a hospital in Cody, Wyo.
Mrs. Rask was personal secretary to Sen. Joseph C. O'Mahoney (D-Wyo.) for 13 years, beginning in 1950. Later she was a secretary for the Democratic Policy Committee and then for the Senate Post Office and Civil Service Committee. She retired in 1973.
After her retirement she married Leslie N. Rask, who died in 1983.
Mrs. Rask was born in Buffalo, Wyo., and graduated from the University of Wyoming. She was secretary to the president of the University of Wyoming before moving to the Washington area in 1950.
A former resident of Falls Church, she returned to Wyoming last month.
There are no immediate survivors.
DANIEL F. RENE, 62, a retired logistics analyst at Headquarters Marine Corps and a member of the Retired Men's Golf Association, died June 13 at Fairfax Hospital. He had pancreatitis.
Mr. Rene, who lived in Gainesville, Va., was born in Bristol, R.I. He served in the Navy in World War II and then graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., where he was a member of the gymnastics exhibition team.
From 1951 to 1954, he lived in the Washington area and worked for the Army Quartermaster Corps. For the next 12 years he worked for the Army's Natick Laboratories in Natick, Mass. He returned here in 1968 and was an analyst for the Marine Corps until he retired in 1979.
Mr. Rene was a volunteer gymnastics coach in the Gainesville area and a member of the Evergreen Country Club, where he played golf.
Survivors include his wife, Priscille Rene of Gainesville; three children, Paul A. Rene of Bennington, Vt., Jeffrey L. Rene of Windsor, Calif., and Lisa S. House of Nokesville, Va.; his mother, Yvonne Rene of Bristol; two brothers, R. Richard Rene of Bristol and C. Ronald Rene of Basking Ridge, N.J.; a sister, Suzanne Weed of Kensington, and eight grandchildren.
ELEANOR EASTMAN FENWICK, 80, a lifelong area resident and widow of State Sen. Charles Fenwick (D-Arlington), died of cardiac arrest June 18 at her home in Arlington.
Mrs. Fenwick was born in Falls Church and graduated from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. She assisted her husband in his election campaigns and other political activities from 1940 to 1969 while he served in the Virginia legislature. He died in 1969.
She was a member of Falls Church Presbyterian Church and an honorary member of the Junior League of Northern Virginia.
She leaves no immediate survivors.