Robert Leonard Fortune


Robert Leonard Fortune, 74, a heating, air conditioning and ventilation contractor who retired around 1995, died Dec. 30 at Manor Care nursing home in Arlington. He had cancer.

Mr. Fortune, who had lived in Arlington County for 48 years, was born in Hickory, N.C., and raised in Washington. He served in the Navy during World War II.

After the war, he worked for John Kelleher's firm and then went into business for himself.

He retired as head of Bob's Heating and Air Conditioning in Arlington.

Survivors include his wife, Kitty Fortune of Arlington; a daughter, Robyn de Courcy of Springfield; two stepchildren, Jonnee S. Grizzard of Petersburg, Va., and Eugene Sigmundsson of Warrenton; three brothers, two sisters; and five grandchildren.

Dorothy J. Richards


Dorothy Jones Richards, 86, who retired in 1979 after 20 years as a second-grade teacher at Wheaton Woods Elementary School in Rockville, died Dec. 21 at Brighton Gardens nursing home in Rockville after a stroke. She had pneumonia.

Mrs. Richards, a Bethesda resident, was a native of Ayden, N.C., and graduate of what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

She moved to the Washington area in 1940, lived in Kensington for nearly 20 years and settled in Bethesda in the late 1950s.

She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Kensington, the American Association of University Women, the Order of the Eastern Star and the PEO Sisterhood.

Her husband of 43 years, Charles F. Richards, died in 1980.

Survivors include two children, Ted Richards of Washington and Carlaine Ober of Gloucester, Mass.; a brother; and four grandchildren. A son, Charles F. Richards, died in 1995, and a daughter, Dorothy Parrish, died in 1991.

Margaret Eleanor Wilson

Congressional Staff Member

Margaret Eleanor Wilson, 88, a former congressional staff member, died of pneumonia Dec. 29 in the health care unit at Genesis Spa Creek Center in Annapolis.

She lived in the District and College Park before moving to her second home in Edgewater in 1983. She participated in the programs of the Edgewater Senior Center.

Mrs. Wilson was a native of Washington and a 1930 graduate of Eastern High School. She attended Strayer University and worked as a young woman at a Woodward & Lothrop store and at Wilson and King memorials.

She worked on Capitol Hill in the 1930s and 1940s, in jobs that included clerk to the Senate Civil Service Committee and secretary to Sen. Sheridan Downey (D-Calif.).

Her husband of 46 years, Lee G. Wilson, died in 1981.

Survivors include two children, Janet Wilson Sawyer of Lothian and Thomas Wilson Sr. of Hughesville; a sister; and six grandchildren.

William A. Ellis III

Remodeling Coordinator

William A. Ellis III, 32, a kitchen remodeling project coordinator with Olympic Home Improvement in Chantilly, died Dec. 22 at Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge after an asthma attack.

Mr. Ellis, a lifelong resident of Fairfax County, had worked for Olympic since 2000. Earlier, he was employed at the Reico kitchen and bathroom remodeling firm for about four years.

He was a 1988 graduate of Woodson High School in Fairfax and a 1992 graduate of Averett College in Danville, Va.

His marriage to Kim Cooper ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son, William Ellis IV of Fairfax; his father, William Ellis Jr., and stepmother, Susan R. Ellis, of Crownsville; a sister, Laura A. Ellis of Lorton; and a grandfather, Joe G. Corley of Allen, Tex.